If you are in the market for storm proof windows or what it is more commonly known as, impact resistant windows, which has a
layer of PVB or polyvinyl butaryl in the middle of 2 panes of impact glass. Then you are probably wondering what is the best type of hurricane proof windows to invest in, and that would be one that has some type of inner-membrane. What you need to understand that when it comes to storm proof replacement windows is that they can actually break, now it does take a lot of force to break them, but they can break or shatter, but because of the inner-membrane the pieces of glass will stay intact if the impact glass is ever broken.
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This is somewhat similar to using a type of window film that is shatter resistant to cover your existing windows that can help to prevent the glass from shattering, but it is not nearly as effective.
Here are some advantages of Storm Tight Windows
Storm tight windows that are made with this middle layer of polyvinyl membrane are capable of standing up to 200 mph hurricane force winds. In addition, by installing these types of replacement windows your home will become energy efficient, they will reduce the amount of outside noise that will enter your home and give the interior of your home protection against the harmful rays of the sun.
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- They are manufactured in many varieties of sizes, styles as well as you can custom order them to fit your particular windows and doors.
- You will have permanent protection from hurricanes, tropical storms and tornadoes.
- The design prevents that glass from breaking into multiple pieces and they are held together if the glass is ever shattered so you don’t have to worry about them flying all over your home and creating injuries.
- You will know the glass is broken as you will see multiple crack patterns.
- Noise reduction
- It can block up to 99 percent of the sun’s rays
- Insurance companies offer up to a 45 percent discount on homeowners insurance premiums
The disadvantages of Hurricane Proof windows or doors
Hurricane windows cost on average about $65 per square feet, so you can expect to pay a few thousand dollars if you are planning on replacing all your windows or doors, this is why for some homeowners storm windows may not be affordable due to the cost. However, the good news is that unlike most home improvement projects, hurricane glass projects will eventually pay for themselves by reducing your insurance costs and your monthly energy expenses. When some homeowners find out the prices, some may choose to simply buy shatter resistant film instead as hurricane proof windows costs too much for them. It is important to note that shatter resistant film is not as effective and depending on how bad the hurricane conditions are they may not stand up to flying debris.
If noise reduction is a concern for you, then it is important to know that only storm proof window replacements that have that air space in between the panes of impact glass will be effective in noise removal and not the vinyl layer. So if you buy new windows without this air space, then you won’t get nearly as much noise reduction, which you may need, especially if you live close to an airport or busy highway.
Important facts you should know about vinyl windows and other high impact doors and windows
These custom windows were designed to have an aluminum frame that contains securely fastened storm resistant glass panes. You can find these energy efficient windows with several different tints and if you want blue, then they will charge you a premium. For these high impact doors and windows to be considered energy efficient, they must have a solar heat gain coefficient of .30 or below and they must have a maximum U-factor or .75 or below. Hurricane doors are great for reducing outside noises such as from a barking dog or noisy neighbors.
Hurricane impact doors and windows are now designed to stand up to a category 5 hurricane. The American Society For Testing And Materials is the organization that is responsible for setting the guidelines that are used to certify what doors and windows are indeed storm resistant.
The different types of impact glass doors and windows
- Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB)
- PVB with PET
- Sentry Glass Plus
- Resin Laminates
We carry windows and doors from the top window and door manufacturers such as:
- PGT Windows
- Jeld-Wen Windows
- CGI Windows
- Andersen Windows
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Providing tropical storm protection products for the Fort Lauderdale area, including the following cities:
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