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Proven Ways of Removing Storm Windows

Last Updated: 26 April 2021

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Storm windows are common in homes whose occupants hope to stop cold drafts in their path and save energy costs by creating a barrier between the inside and outside. If you bought a relatively older home, you might have a set of old aluminum storm windows installed. Most of it has a single sliding panel, a screened panel, and a fixed one. These tips should help you remove storm windows for cleaning and replacement easily.

What You Will Require to Remove Storm Windows?

What You Will Require to Remove Storm Windows
  • Utility knife
  • Drill
  • Drill bits
  • Paper towels or rags
  • Window cleaning solution or any reliable detergent
  • Scraper
  • Ladder if necessary
  • Rubber gloves to aid in proper grip

If your window was attached using caulking, you will need your knife to remove it, otherwise, use your best cordless drill to unscrew the window from its frame. Be sure to also have drill bits on hand to avoid the hassle and tool hunt when you start the process.

How to Remove Vertical Storm Windows?

How to Remove Vertical Storm Windows

A vertical storm window will have its fixed panel above the screen. To remove double-paned storm windows, start by checking whether the outer side is painted. If it is, use a utility knife to score the paint so that the window comes off easily. Removing storm windows will require you to keep the window open, and if it doesn’t stay open, have someone hold it for you. Raise the operating sash till you visualize the sash’s bottom clearing the frame holding it in place. Pull the bottom of the sash towards you just until you clear the frame, then pull it down and out. Lift the storm screen up and pull the bottom side towards yourself until you clear the window ledge. You can proceed to remove it and safely set it down. The fixed panel seats over top the screen, so push this panel up with your nails till it separates from the frame. Take out the fixed panel as you did the moveable one. Hold the screen frame at the upper end, then push it upwards, then hold it from the bottom, push it upwards and out carefully not to drop it on the other side.

How to Remove Horizontal Storm Windows?

How to Remove Horizontal Storm Windows

While removing and replacing storm windows that open horizontally, check whether the window was painted and remove any paint present with your utility knife. Open your inner frame completely to remove storm windows from inside. Move your operating panel to the side until you can see the bottom side of the window clearing the frame holding it in place. The bottom frame has a large gap, which allows the panel to clear when it is in the open position. Pull the moveable screen’s side towards you till you clear the frame, and then pull it towards the closed position and slide it out of the frame. Slide the storm window across, and again, pull it towards you, until you have cleared the window ledge. The fixed storm window should be to the left or right of the moveable one, and you can remove it by using your nails to move it and the screen in opposite directions to create space between them. From there, remove the fixed panel by pulling it towards you until it clears the frame, then slide it until it is free from its frame. Do the same for the moveable panel and the screen.

Best Methods for Cleaning Storm Windows

Use the scraper to remove any caulking from the old storm windows. Spray it with the window cleaning solution then wipe it clean and clear with the paper towels and rugs.


With the tips above, you should be able to remove storm windows installed in your home safely and without damaging them. Wrap them individually using bubble wrap, foam material, or paper towels then stash them away in a crawl space, attic, or any other safe place. Make sure to label your windows to help you return them to their original place. If you need any additional tips or looking for it, you can visit our website HandyHomeMaster.com.

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