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What Are Impact Windows? - Fortify Your Home Against Strong Winds & Intruders

Published by: Jose Mendez | Punlished Date: 03/14/17 | Category: Windows

When it comes to storms and hurricanes, Miami residents can definitely be considered experts on these monster weather events. The state of Florida is no stranger to the consequences of hurricane-strength winds and excessive rains, which most often occur between June and November.

Being accustomed to strong winds and rains is no excuse for complacency when it comes to protecting properties. In fact, knowing that such natural calamities are annual occurrences should only make folks a lot more alert and prepared for the hurricane season's onset.

One of the most basic precautions Floridians can adopt is the fortification of their home through the installation of highly resilient impact windows (also known as hurricane windows). However, there are some critical factors to consider before making your window purchases.

Impact Windows Help Protect Your Home from Damage by Strong Winds

What are Impact Windows?

In a nutshell, impact windows feature impact-resistant glass, designed specifically to withstand the sudden pressure from high-speed wind blasts. In recent years, Florida has been witnessing a lot stronger hurricanes than in the past, with the likes of Category 5 Hurricane Matthew in 2016. Being the highest hurricane category, Mathew's sustained winds were said to reach as high as 157 mph.

Installing impact windows therefore becomes not just a good precaution, but an absolute necessity. As a laminated product, it can be guaranteed to withstand even a Category 5 hurricane--granted, of course, that you install top-quality windows.

Types of Impact Windows

Essentially, there are two different types of impact windows from which to choose. The first one is composed of several layers of PRB (polyvinyl butyral), sandwiched in between two sheets of glass. To adhere their reinforcing layers, these PRB windows are placed in an autoclave with a temperature as high as 400 degrees Fahrenheit under pressure.

You would be surprised to find how strong this type of impact window can be. This model can withstand impacts even from small projectile missiles. If it can stand up to a missile, then you can rest assured that it can protect your home from the impact of a Category 5 hurricane.

Meanwhile, the other type of impact window is designed to withstand larger missile impacts. This one features a PET laminated glass, mixed with glass-clad polycarbonate. Because this is an impact window of higher quality, it also requires a stronger attachment to the frame, particularly a structural silicone sealant.

When purchasing impact windows from suppliers like Ready Windows, note that the window frames must be reinforced as well. Otherwise, the impact window won't be able to stay intact and fully protect your home if it is blown right out of its frame.


6 Tips to Protect Your Home from Wind Damage. Angie's List.
What You Need to Know About Impact Resistant Windows Before Buying. Homebuilding.

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