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How to Install a Combination Storm Window

Combination storm windows are custom-ordered to fit the exact dimensions of your existing windows and they're easy to install. Here are step-by-step instructions.

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  • Time

    1 hour

  • Price Range

    $50 - $100

  • Difficulty

    Easy to Moderate


Step 1: Take Measurements

Measure your existing window to determine what size window to order. First, measure the width of the inside of your window jamb at the top, middle and bottom (Image 1); then measure the height at the center and the right and left sides (Image 2). Take the smallest reading in each set and use those numbers when ordering your windows. Most suppliers will order to the closest 1/8", so give exact measurements when ordering. It's better to err on the small side than on the large side when ordering windows.

Once your storm window has arrived, test-fit it to make sure it's the right size (Image 3). It's also a good idea to wash the regular window before installing the storm window.

Step 2: Apply Caulking

Apply a thin bead of caulk to the outer edges of the window stop at the top and sides (Image 1), distributing the caulk as evenly as possible. Do not caulk the bottom of the storm window -- you'll need to allow room for rain and moisture to run off the sill (Image 2).

Step 3: Fit the New Window

Insert the window into the opening and be sure to center the window between the side stops. It's best to set the window tight against the sill so that the window has ample support.

center window between side stops

Step 4: Fasten the Window Into Place

Most windows are predrilled; if this is not the case, drill holes 12" apart and centered over the window stops. Then, starting at the top, fasten the window using #4 (1") sheet-metal screws along each side of the window.

fasten window into place