For those of you who weren’t aware, Florida’s hurricane season did end just a couple weeks ago. Although we did escape with no major hurricane encounters, that does not mean that homeowners should hold off thinking about improving their residences in terms of hurricane impact windows. Plus, there are many other advantages to installing hurricane impact windows in your Florida home besides simply the tropical weather. We’ll explore more in depth the advantages of hurricane impact windows below!
What are Hurricane Impact Windows?
When comparing hurricane impact windows to your typical, single-glazed window, the difference is mainly in the composition of the window and what it is designed to do. Where a standard glass window would break into large shards with virtually any projectile, a hurricane resistant window is designed, depending on which type you choose, to withstand the pressure of hurricane force winds and the debris that act as missiles that come along with those winds.
The window is designed with impact-resistant glazing that consists of two layers of tempered glass that is bonded to a middle layer of a shatter-proof membrane. The framing of the window is also an important part of the structure, normally made of either aluminum or some other type of metal. This is to reinforce the integrity of the window and protect your home further.
Why Should I Get Hurricane Impact Windows?
The primary and most obvious reason would be for the tropical weather that South Florida, and all of Florida really, faces. Although it may not always be a hurricane, throughout the rainy season the severe thunder storms that Florida experiences can cause sometimes as much damage as a hurricane. Florida has the greatest number of thunderstorms in the United States, occurring 75 to 105 days each year. From thunderstorms, tornadoes, strong winds, in excess of 58mph, heavy rain, and even sometimes hail storms can form, all which can cause extensive damage to homes. When a hurricane is announced, homeowners have a chance to prepare and homeowners that haven’t updated to hurricane resistant windows will put up their shutters and hunker down. But thunderstorms are almost a daily occurrence in the Florida summer months, are you going to put up shutters for every storm that passes through? With hurricane impact windows, you and your family would be safe with whatever weather system was passing through that day.
Hurricane impact windows have other benefits as well. The energy consumption in your home can be reduced by 20-50% after hurricane impact windows are installed. The air conditioning unit, which inevitably has to be run in South Florida, will have to work less as a result of the windows keeping the cool air in the home.
You can also save money in your insurance premium! Hurricane Impact Window make a home safer all of the time, versus shutters that would have to be installed and only protect a home while installed. After going through the proper channels of inspection and wind mitigation checks for your home, your insurance premium can be reduced thanks to the protection hurricane impact windows provide for your home.
These windows can also come with UV tinting, which would also help with reducing other bills in the Florida home. UV protection from the sun in the home will lead to the preservation of your flooring, furniture and other valuables. Extended exposure to the sun usually wears these materials down, causing fading or discoloration and requiring homeowners to replace it more often.
Another advantage to hurricane impact windows is the increased security that comes with extra reinforced openings to your home. Windows are the most frequent point of entry for burglars, and just like the impact resistant glass will withstand missiles from a hurricane, it can also withstand force from an ill-intentioned person.
Finally, hurricane impact windows provide a thicker barrier between you and the outside world, and so you will also experience a noise reduction as well when you elect to install these windows. Up to a 70% noise reduction comes with the installation of hurricane impact windows, so not only does that help to create a peaceful ambiance in your home, but it can also lead to a better resale value for your home!
Should I Get Hurricane Impact Windows?
Most definitely, yes. The advantages for these windows stretches far beyond just hurricane season. Besides the cost savings you can take advantage of as a homeowner, hurricane impact windows provide a level of protection for your home that standard, single glazing windows or hurricane shutters just cannot compete with. Call us today for a free quote, to get the peace of mind every homeowner strives to have! At Florida Window and Door our greatest asset is a satisfied customer, so call us today!