When the hurricane season hits it is important to know that you, your family, and your homes are protected from the storms. One of the simplest ways to accomplish this is by ensuring your windows and doors are protected by hurricane-rated products. This is often accomplished by installing Impact windows and doors.
But before you install the first hurricane-rated collection that you see, there are some things you should know.
This article aims to provide you with all the essential practical information that you will need when it comes to installing impact windows and doors.
Energy Ratings Matter
Impact windows and doors can give your energy ratings a big boost, impact windows on their own are said to have the highest energy performance rating according to the US department of energy. Look out for the following before installing your impact products:
- The U-Factor measures the insulation capabilities.
- Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) will let you know how well the product blocks heat from the sun.
- Visible Transmittance (VT) the higher this is, the more sunlight gets through your window.
- Air Leakage (AL) is how well air passes through joints. You want this one low as possible.
Keeping an eye on your energy ratings saves you money in the long run.
Up to Code?
In order to stand up to a hurricane, impact windows and doors need to match up to Miami Dade’s rigorous standards. This means you should be installing impact windows and doors that:
- Can stand up to 200 mph wind.
- Is HCHZ approved. (Lab tested against winds and flying debris).
- The glass needs to be impact resistant, laminated, given an advanced low-emissivity coating, and less likely to shatter.
- Frames are heavy duty.
The best hurricane windows and doors can withstand category 5 hurricanes and debris.
When getting a professional to install your impact windows and doors, always read the fine print. Make a note of important factors that you need to remember, like:
- How long the warranty lasts.
- Does the warranty cover broken seals or air leaks?
- Are they licensed to work in your state? (The impact ratings in North Florida are lower than those in South Florida so it is important to get impact windows and doors from someone licensed in your area.)
- Can the warranty be transferred to the next homeowner if you sell your house?
Installing Impact Windows is a Job for the Professionals
While it is possible to install impact windows and doors yourself it really is a job that you want professionals to do. Poorly fitted impact windows or doors means that:
- They won’t be as effective.
- They will need more maintenance.
- The window or door could be pulled free by the storm failing completely thus causing damage and potential harm to the occupants of the property.
When installing impact windows or doors you need to ensure that the siding does not get damaged, the screw pattern is in line with NOA guidelines, and that there is no moisture or air that can get past the window or door.
A professional is trained to do all this and more.
While DIY jobs are always fun to do as a family, impact windows and doors are not a great DIY option. The worst moment to discover a DIY mistake is during a hurricane!
Are you seeking a professional to install your impact windows or doors? Contact G&R Impact Windows and Doors on (305) 925-0818