Screened porches can provide a comfortable setting during the warm months, though cold drafts may become an issue once temperatures begin to drop. Adding storm windows to a screened porch can help keep cold air away from the main doors and walls of the home. Making removable storm windows involves constructing the frames and adding a plastic covering.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- 1-by-2-inch wood pieces, or screen framing kit
- Plastic shrink wrap
- Bonding tape, double-sided
- Polyethylene plastic strips
- Staples and staple gun
- Wood cleat, 1 to 2 inches
- Wood nails, 1 1/2 to 2 inches
- Wood screws
Measure the length and width of the existing porch windows. It’s all right if the newly made storm windows are a bit smaller than the actual window sizes as long they’re sized proportionally.
Construct the storm window frames using 1-by-2-inch pieces of pine or oak, or purchase screen framing pieces at any local hardware store. Screen framing pieces snap together at the corners. Otherwise, a 1-by-2-inch piece will require mitering at the ends so the pieces can be glued and nailed together.
Tape plastic shrink wrap to the newly constructed frame using two-sided bonding tape. The thicker the plastic wrap, the better. Cut off any excess.
Create a seal or gasket material using long strips of polyethylene plastic. Fold the strips over to create a layering effect and place them along the back side of the frame. Staple the strips in place.
Place the newly made storm window onto the frame of the existing window. Brace the storm window in place using swing cleats. Use a drill and wood screws to attach a cleat at each corner of the window frame so that a tight fit exists between the storm window and the frame.
Tips & Warnings
- Place labels on the back and top sides of the frames. This allows for easy installation when it comes time to put them back up for the winter.
- When you first position the storm window, push them in slowly so any trapped air can escape from in between the main window and the storm window.