I have a house built in 1981. Wooden windows. Most of the windows
are fogged up due to leaks in the gas seals. Most also are very
drafty and the spring systems seem pretty much shot, because the
bottom sash won't stay up when I open the window, and the top sash
slides down on its own when the window is unlocked.
I was looking into replacements, and saw a lot of talk on the web
about sash replacement systems, where you just replace the sashes and
the spring/weight system in the window, leaving the frames. I don't
have any rot or anything in the frames, so this seemed like a good
alternative to full replacement, since they don't cost as much and,
most importantly, I can do it myself and save installation costs.
But, my current windows do not have storm windows. They just have
screens, and those don't even slide up and down, they just snap into
Now, my question: If I want to get storm windows (and I do), can I
still do something short of replacing the entire window, frame and
all? If so, what? (again, preferably a DIY job).