How many times have you seen neighbors rushing to cover their conventional windows with plywood boards or shutters before the next big hurricane hits. You may have even done it yourself, thinking you had no choice since your home was built with conventional windows before you bought it. But you do have options. Standard windows and doors can be replaced with impact glass, giving you and your home greater protection against Florida’s inevitable inclement weather.
Why Impact Windows?
Let’s start with the glass itself. The most common type of impact windows are made by bonding a layer of polyvinyl laminate between two layers of glass. This is then heated and tempered to increase strength. Once the window is made, it undergoes rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand projectile impact. In the event that the window does break, it will not shatter as the laminate holds it together. Conventional glass simply can’t boast the same standards as impact glass.
Next, let’s consider the frame. Not only is glass of impact windows more durable, the frames are as well. They may be made of a variety of materials, including wood or metal, and include additional reinforcements. Think of it this way: the frame is to the window what a foundation is to a house. The window, no matter how strong, can only do so much if the frame is not strong enough to hold it. Because of this, if you are considering replacing the conventional windows in your house with impact windows, the frames, as well as the windows themselves, will need to be replaced by a professional.
We’ll be honest here—impact windows do cost more than conventional glass. But think of it as an investment in the protection of your home and possessions. The cost of potential damage and injury that could occur as a result of not having proper protection far outweighs the price of securely installed impact windows. In addition, well-fitted impact windows can help cut down on your energy bills by allowing you more control over the temperature in your home. So in the long run, your investment more than pays off.
You know hurricane season is on its way. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry about securing your home each time another storm rolls through? No need to pull out the plywood in a rush, no need to worry if it will hold up, and no need to pull it down when the storm blows over. You could be resting easy, knowing your home is protected all year round. Schedule your free estimate today.