Whether it be hurricanes, cyclones, or tornadoes, impact windows are nothing short of a superb line of defense against high winds.
No matter where we live, the threat of a storm producing high winds exists. During major storm events, wind speeds rage out of control. Normal windows can shatter and send glass and wind packed debris flying everywhere!
Manufacturers construct impact windows with the intention of staying intact and in place. Even if the debris hits with such force that your window “spider webs,” it isn’t going anywhere.
Impact windows came out on the market years ago.
In fact, after Hurricane Andrew struck in 1992 causing billions of dollars in damage, Florida became a leading forerunner in having building codes changed. Any new construction in Florida requires the use of hurricane-resistant building materials. Virtually, every state from Texas all the way up the east coast has adopted this practice.
One of the major points of concern noted was the need for added reinforcement at a homes entry points. When windows and doors blow out or ripped to smithereens by flying debris during a hurricane, the winds rush in and up. They are looking for a way out through any means possible.
While this is going on, the howling winds outside continue to push forcefully against the house. When this happens, your roof might lift from your home with such force it appears to explode.
If entry access to your home is secure, the roof is more likely to remain attached. There can still be major damage, but if it stayed put, hurray!
Our windows certainly provide the most access points to our home!
Finding a solution to uplift by creating impact windows that don’t break apart when subjected to the force of a hurricane became a top priority. It didn’t take long. Manufacturers quickly looked to the auto industry to start them down the road of impact resistance.
Laminated glass has been used in vehicles for years. The laminate process consists of adhering two pieces of glass together with a bonding agent. The bonding agent also acts as a reinforcement because the glass can not shatter upon impact. It remains adhered to the agent used.
Creators of the impact window rolled with that plan a bit further.
Tempered glass is used instead of laminated. It has been through a thermal or chemical process which strengthens it. In addition to that, it goes through a “rapid quenching” process afterward. The rapid cooling changes the break characteristics. It shatters into a multitude of tiny pebbly pieces. This nearly annihilates the possibility of human injury because there are no shards or slivers.
Then, instead of using an agent to adhere the two panels of glass, someone had the great “what if” thought and instead adhered the glass to a high-tech sheet of polymer.
The impact window as we know it today was born.
For a window to be approved as impact resistant, it must undergo serious testing. Seriously, serious. Two of the tests performed involve the word missile.
The glass is not the only thing subject to these tests. The entire window unit must remain intact.
Do you see what we mean by serious?
Living in Florida, impact windows are definitely a safety feature that you should consider for your home. Hurricane season comes every year and you just never know how things are going to play out until we breathe that little sigh of relief come December.
But, there are other benefits to these amazing windows that we’d like to share with you.
Not only will you fare better against the storms, impact windows are a great deterrent against intruders. They are all about hitting hard and fast. Impact windows are built to take a beating, remember. It won’t take long to send intruders packing when they are met with resistance where they least expected it.
We all know that outside noise can be annoying.
The polymer sheet inserted between window panels not only reinforces window strength! It serves as a barrier against what’s going on outside.
So, even if the neighbor’s dog is barking and barking and…
Well, you get the point.
Whatever the noise level is out there, it’s staying out there.
Impact windows are energy efficient! That high tech polymer sheet serves as an insulator! That means a lot here in Florida, doesn’t it? We want to keep that sweltering heat outside when we are kicking with the a/c inside.
The degree of efficiency varies, of course, so do your homework.
Open your drapes and raise up those shades! Impact windows offer ultraviolet protection like no other. No more worries about fading furniture or carpet caused by our glorious, albeit intense, sunshine.
Our homes are a shelter from all the storms life throws at us.
Both this season and for years to come, impact windows are a major contributor in your line of hurricane defense.
Ultimately, it doesn’t matter if it’s turbulence caused by hurricanes, the neighborhood bully, or teen angst. We want our family to feel safe and secure when they’re at home.
It’s where our hearts are, after all.
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