Types Of Hurricane Impact Windows
As one of the leaders in custom glass on the Treasure Coast, Coastal Closets & Showers in Stuart, FL is proud to introduce the addition of impact windows and doors to their services. After Hurricane Matthew in 2017, Coastal Closets & Showers began working toward installing impact windows along the coast.
Impact windows are considered hurricane-resistant or stormproof and custom constructed with impact-resistant glass treated with a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Compared to traditional windows, impact glass still has the potential to shatter, however, rather than sending out shards of glass, the window will simply crack in a spider-web pattern similar to that of a car windshield.
While ordinary windows can be made more resistant to shattering, this is not the same degree that can be found in hurricane windows.
With the hurricane season leading into full force, protect your home with a good investment in impact windows this year!
Vinyl Impact Window Systems Benefits
Hurricane resistant windows include frame construction such as aluminum or steel compared to standard windows with wood frames.
Aluminum or steel frames are considered the strongest frames to withstand hurricane-force winds. However, vinyl frames windows are a great cost-effective solution with an amazing insulation value.
At Coastal Closets & Showers, we believe in the importance of maintaining the integrity of your impact-resistant windows. Therefore, we offer a 1-year service warranty on installation defects.
We also offer yearly service for your windows to ensure your home maintains the benefits of impact-resistant windows for each hurricane season.
1. Improved Energy Efficient
In Florida, your utility bills can add up fast, especially during the summer months. Our impact windows at Coastal Closets & Showers help to reduce the solar heat gain in summer and help retain heat during the few cold evenings in Florida.
Low-E impact windows stand for low emissivity meaning it reflects the solar heat rays back toward the source rather than allowing these rays to enter your home.
Our Low-E windows can help to reduce the amount of cool air loss by your home by up to 40%. Low-E windows have the potential of paying for themselves in the amount of money you will save on your utility bill over a period of 5 years while also adding value to your home.
2. Increased protection
Our properly installed hurricane windows provide the highest level of protection to your home.
Our impact windows consist of several layers of glass that make shattering and penetration very difficult.
This protection doesn’t stop at just hurricane forces but also intruder protection.
3. Window Appearance
When you install hurricane shutters, they need to be deployed and taken down after every hurricane. Additionally, you’re often left to sit in the dark during a hurricane since all of your windows are covered, and you also may not have power.
Our impact windows appear just as regular windows however, they provide protection against strong and damaging winds. Since impact windows don’t need to be covered, you are able to see outside during a hurricane, and they look better than aluminum hurricane shutters.
4. UV protection
Impact windows and doors provide protection from ultraviolet light. This light can cause damage to fabrics, artwork, photographs and paint.
Installing our impact windows will help protect your valuables from fading and discoloring over a period of time from exposure to direct sunlight.
This is especially beneficial for those residing in Florida as we experience direct sunlight year-round.
5. Exterior Noise Reduction
In addition to home protection, our custom impact windows will help decrease the amount of noise from outside. This feature is especially beneficial if you live near a busy intersection or highway.
We understand how disruptive and distracting outside noise can be. Installing impact windows is an easy way to reduce the amount of outside noise.
6. Insurance Premium Discounts
Impact windows and doors are effective windstorm protective systems recognized by many insurance companies. Impact windows are always protecting your home, whereas shutters have to be installed or closed by the homeowners.
Insurance companies recognize this and can offer reductions to your insurance premiums.
How Hurricane-Resistant Windows Protect in Storms
As you can expect one of the main advantages to hurricane windows is the prevention of water damage inside your home. However, the real advantage is structural protection for your home.
Typically, total home destruction from a hurricane comes from the sudden pressure change that occurs when a window or door blows out entirely. This is caused by an increase in pressure entering your home potentially causing your roof to blow off and walls to collapse.
Increasing the level of protection for your home begins with keeping your windows and doors intact.
Florida Building Code Update
The switch toward hurricane resistant windows began after Hurricane Andrew hit the coast in 1992 where over $25 billion in damages were reported. Hurricane prone areas such as the Treasure Coast have adopted new ASCE (American Society of Civil Engineers) regulations for new construction and renovations.
In 2001, new homes in Florida, as well as rebuilds, are required to be built with either shutters or hurricane-resistant windows in order to make the structure less susceptible to total collapse.
Coastal Closets & Showers manufactures their windows right here in Florida to ensure your windows are up to Florida’s strict code. Our windows are tested to endure impact up to do 9 pounds at 50 feet per second. These tests allow your windows to meet and/or exceed building code specifications.
Hurricane-resistant windows are aimed at helping a house survive a storm with 200 mile-per-hour winds (Category 5).