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SagittarianLady 11-07-2007 10:29 AM

Insulating metal window frames
1952 brick home with metal frames

What can I do to insulate my hollow metal window frames? :(

Ron6519 11-07-2007 04:06 PM

We had a 1938 house with metal casement frames. The previous owners installed interior wood framed storms you screwed into the metal frame. After a few winters I removed the whole mess and installed Andersen double hungs.

XSleeper 11-07-2007 04:56 PM

The wooden storm is a good idea. There is no good way to insulate them. As you know, metal is thermally conductive and you will lose heat out them regardless of whether they are insulated or not.

Drilling holes in the frames and injecting door and window foam is the only idea I would have, but then you'd need to figure out how to cover up all those holes.

Replacing the windows is a better idea.

Amber 11-07-2007 06:10 PM

Replace them

Jane0218 12-06-2007 02:18 PM


Originally Posted by Amber (Post 72385)
Replace them

What if you can't replace them? I rent an apartment with metal windows. Any suggestions besides buying expensive lined curtains?

XSleeper 12-07-2007 09:37 PM

For a less expensive temporary solution, try 3M window insulator kits.

Jane0218 12-08-2007 09:36 AM


Originally Posted by XSleeper (Post 79145)
For a less expensive temporary solution, try 3M window insulator kits.

Thanks for the suggestion. I'm also going to look into using magnetic tape around the window and then use something (but I don't know what) that's heavier/thicker than the window insulation kit plastic, but still clear.

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