Impact doors and windows have become the must-have modern upgrades for homes and office buildings for several reasons. They add value to the property, protect people and their personal belongings from the harsh sunlight, prevent dangerous window glass from breaking into sharp shards, and improve energy efficiency. However, choosing your impact windows and doors is not a simple case of ordering a kit. There are ways to maximize your dollar so you get the best out of your purchase.
Your Front Entry Door
When changing your main front door, aside from price, consider the following factors:
- Material to be used because you can choose steel, glass, wood, aluminum, or fiberglass.
- Direction of your front door, which will help you anticipate the amount of wear and tear. For instance, if your front door is facing the sea, it will be prone to damage from the elements of the sea like the wind, salt water, rust, etc. Wooden doors usually require more maintenance and have shorter warranties.
- The impact door must conform to the industry standards and state guidelines, especially if you live in hurricane-prone areas.
- Installation should be included in the price package.
- Always check the workmanship around the door knob and jamb. If you have a combination of material like wood and glass, inquire about the seals, insulation, maintenance, warranty, and repair costs, should it ever need any.
Impact windows affect the curb appeal of your building or home, but beyond curb appeal, you also need to consider convenience, strength, user friendliness during storms, and cost.
What if you do not live in a hurricane-prone area – do you still need impact windows? Experts would still recommend them for any home because they offer greater peace of mind than the standard glass windows and can eventually pay for themselves, as they can reduce your energy consumption bill slowly over time.
When choosing your impact windows, be sure that:
- The glass is treated Low E glass.
- The windows meet the state’s building code requirements.
- You are buying from a licensed vendor who can show you their permits to install impact windows and doors.
Finally, know that you are doing the right thing by installing impact windows and doors. You protect your property and family from unwanted intrusions, save money over time (as impact windows are Energy Star rated, which means you can avail of federal tax credits if applicable to your state), and enjoy lower insurance premiums on your home insurance.