If you live in a hurricane and tropical storm prone region like South Florida, having impact resistant glass windows and doors is an absolute must. These sturdier alternatives to conventional windows can go a long way towards protecting your home and your valuable possessions from wind, flying debris and water damage during a tropical storm.
While you could do as many do and use plywood to board up your windows when there is a hurricane on the way, or install storm shutters to protect your windows, this means spending time and money to board things up at least once a year, on average when you could just install impact resistant glass windows. This will allow you to ensure that your home is as protected as possible in the event of a severe storm. If you still want to board up your windows, that’s up to you; but with storm proof windows it becomes optional rather than being an absolute necessity. Instead, you can focus on what’s really important – your safety and the safety of your family.
Other than the obvious benefits of protecting your home from the hazards presented by high winds, driving rain and other severe weather conditions which are common during a hurricane, many insurance companies actually require that homeowners install impact resistant glass windows and doors. Even if your insurer doesn’t require it per se, you’ll usually see a significant discount on your home owner’s insurance premiums when you install this very important safety feature in your home.
You may also want to consider the security benefits of installing impact resistant glass windows in your home. Since they’re much more durable than a traditional glass window, they make it a great deal more difficult for a potential burglar to make their way into your home. Since this makes your home more secure as well as protected from hurricane damage, it shouldn’t be too surprising that insurance companies tend to provide discounts for installing these windows.
An impact resistant window also helps to keep your home quieter by dampening outside noise and blocking solar UV rays; this keeps your furniture, curtains and rugs from fading. The construction of hurricane proof windows are what provides all of these benefits to homeowners; there are two layers of glass, each of which is laminated and separated by an additional plastic film layer. The triple layer construction dampens sound and makes it difficult to break these windows – and even if flying debris or a very determined burglar manages to break the glass, the film will keep the glass in place, keeping your home secure.
If you’re in the market for impact resistant glass windows, you’ll want to make sure that they meet the requirements of your insurance company (if applicable) and, of course, that they are actually strong enough to resist a hurricane. This means that the windows have to be able to resist winds of up to 130 miles per hour as well as being thoroughly impact tested – after all, if they can’t withstand the force of flying debris, you can’t exactly call them impact resistant glass windows! Quality hurricane windows from a quality manufacturer can help you to protect your most important asset: your home.