Impact windows are designed to withstand some of the strongest winds and flying debris – so, what is it that makes these windows so strong?
The main difference between traditional windows and impact windows lies in the glass. Where a standard windowpane will shatter during a hurricane, an impact window generally remains intact. These specialized windows are usually made with laminated glass, which is impact resistant. This doesn’t mean the glass cannot break, it’s simply held together for much longer even in bad weather.
Basically, impact windows make the shell of a home that much stronger by keeping the wind out – it is often the wind that causes the most damage during a storm. The more a home is able to stay in one piece and not let the elements in, the less damage a storm or hurricane can cause.
How Impact Windows are Made
To create the glass for an impact or hurricane window, two sheets of tempered glass are connected using a thin membrane. This membrane can differ in thickness depending on the strength of the window, but it’s almost always made from polyvinyl butyral (PVB). This glass is then placed inside an aluminum frame, which makes the window even stronger.
Installing impact windows is one of the best ways to prevent unnecessary destruction during a massive storm.
These windows don’t need to detract from the aesthetics of your home either – there are a number of styles to choose from.
If you are ready to reduce the chances of a hurricane or storm wreaking havoc on your home and life, contact us on (305) 925-0818 about impact window installations.