Windows capable of withstanding the impact of hurricane force winds are one of the best ways to improve the value of a home in Florida. This is because hurricane resistant impact doors and windows undergo a number of tests before they are used in homes. These tests require windows to meet six criteria which include air infiltration, flying debris, water resistance, wind resistance, forced entry, impact resistance and several thousand internal and external pressure cycles. The testing does its best to simulate the impact of hurricane force winds, as well as several other risk factors in the environment.
The objective of the test is to ensure the windows, which are often thought of as the part of a building with the least durability, will not shatter during a hurricane or other weather event. The building codes that determine whether a product is impact resistance are set by the Florida. Unless windows and doors meet the criteria, they are not considered resistant.
There are a number of benefits that come from installing impact resistant windows and doors. They are built to endure the penetration of air-born debris. By far the most damage to a building occurs when the building is compromised and wind enters, which creates pressure inside the structure that lifts the roofing and causes other damage. Impact resistant windows offer homeowners the advantage of protection in every season, as well as sound reduction, higher thermal efficiency, and even UV protection.
When comparing the cost of an impact window and non-impact product, look at comparable quality products. Research shows the price difference between impact resistant windows and a variety of other products, such as accordion and roll-down shutters, is minimal. When the cost of a shutter system and a non-impact product are combined, the additional expense for upgrading to an impact resistant product is usually not that much. In addition to greater protection, the value of your house or building is increased by adding a superior product like hurricane resistant windows, so the price difference is well worth it.
Florida Window and Door features a wide selection of commercial and residential products capable of dealing with hurricane forces winds. We understand how overwhelming it can be to shop for windows and we know the frustrations consumers face during the process. In addition to shopping for a specific product, you also need to consider building codes, insurance requirements, and requirements from various Home Owners Association.
Florida Window and Door is a licensed general contractor. They work exclusively with Florida homeowners and handle the management of your project from beginning to end. Hurricane resistant products must be installed properly to be effective. We offer a team of engineers that includes field supervisors with technical training and installation specialists to handle the entire process. Customers can be sure their home or business will be treated with the utmost respect during the process. In addition to a great product and professional installation, customers also enjoy top-notch customer service.
Homeowners and business owners in Florida have a variety of concerns when it comes to maintaining their properties. In addition to regular maintenance, their property is exposed to serious elemental conditions. Outfitting your property with impact resistant windows is a great way to keep your loved ones, your belongings, your customers, and your inventory safe.