In 1992 hurricane Andrew hit the state of Florida, resulting in over twenty six billion dollars in damage. Hurricane force winds are able to last for long periods of time without relenting. With such forceful winds beating against the coast and the homes and businesses that populate it, debris becomes airborne and results in large numbers of shattered windows. According to statistics, wind from hurricanes and tropical cyclones are the largest contributor to property damage on the Florida coast.
A shattered window leaves the interior of a home subject to the rest of the natural forces associated with hurricanes, rain being one of them. Homes and businesses along Florida’s coast need impact windows to avoid these costly damages.
Based on research, there are several climatic factors that indicate that tropical cyclones such as tropical disturbances, tropical depressions, tropical storms, and hurricanes are starting to develop more frequently and with higher levels of intensity. With window damage being the most common type of damage that occurs in a hurricane it become ever more important to invest in windows that will protect your home and prevent damage to the interior.
Though they can normally keep out rain, traditional windows are typically unable to handle a lot of pressure wind and flying debris. Impact windows are designed to withstand the winds and often flying debris that are associated with hurricanes. These windows are subjected to numerous rigorous tests to ensure they are of the highest quality. The impact windows offered at Florida Window and Door are tested on the following criteria: water resistance, air infiltration, impact resistance, entry that is forced, complications from flying debris, and wind resistance.