How Do Impact Windows Work?

Impact Windows Work

Living in Florida, hurricanes are an expected and accepted part of life. Having experienced the aftermath of a hurricane first hand, you probably already realize the importance of taking precautions against the storm’s damage. While boarding up your house each time there’s news of any impending storm may be an option, it’s not practical and takes up too much time and effort, especially when the storm predictions are off and the storm misses you completely.

What are Impact Windows?

Impact windows are windows that have been specifically designed to withstand high winds and debris. These impact-resistant windows combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process that keeps the glass from breaking away from it’s frame. Impact-resistant glass is created by bonding two panes of glass together with a special inner layer of clear polyvinyl butyral.

The laminated glass is made by applying a shatter resistant film to the glass. This shatter resistant film seals the glass inside so that even if a window is struck by flying debris or is subject to extreme atmospheric changes, the glass will stay contained in one place.

Although flying debris or an attempted intruder may break the glass on initial impact, the inner layer keeps the overall window intact which prevents destructive wind, debris and intruders from entering your home. Replacing your traditional windows with impact-resistant windows will protect your home in a way that traditional windows simply cannot.

Impact windows are designed specifically to take impact and form a sort of “spider” pattern in the glass instead of shattering, preventing shards of glass from flying into your home. This makes sure that the inside of your home is safe from debris, glass and even would-be intruders.

What are the benefits of impact windows?

Aside from resisting high pressure winds and flying debris, there are additional benefits to installing impact-resistant windows onto your home.

Unbreakable: The shatterproof glass keeps intruders from being able to break into your home easily. It also keeps flying debris from compromising your home’s stability in a storm.

Sound-Proof: The heavy-duty design of impact windows helps them to insulate your home from outside noises. Even in high traffic areas and near airports, impact windows greatly reduce the sounds that can be heard within the home.  

Energy Saving: Combining the heavy-duty frame, tight seals and the insulated glass creates energy friendly windows that seal the outside temperatures out. This makes cooling your home more efficient and saves you money by lowering your energy consumption.

UV Protection: Florida is in the prime location for severe UV damage. Sun protection impact windows can block up to 99% of damaging UV radiation.

Insurance Discounts: Many insurance companies offer special discounts on insurance premiums due to the known merits of impact windows and their ability to protect the home during storms and home invasions.

Added Home Value: Installing impact windows on your home can not only add more appeal to your home’s appearance, it can also add financial value to your home for the reasons listed above.

Can Impact Windows Replace Hurricane Shutters?

Yes, impact windows protect your home from wind and flying debris so there is no need for hurricane shutters once your impact windows and doors are installed. The glass may crack on direct contact but the inner layer of the window keeps the overall window or door intact, preventing further damage and preventing intruders that may attempt to enter your residence.

Who Should Consider Installing Impact Windows?

Impact-resistant windows can benefit anyone, due to their added level of security and home insulation. People living in areas affected by high winds and hurricanes will find that installing impact windows and doors can offer them peace of mind, and protect their home and loved ones throughout a storm. Investing in impact windows and doors for your home is a smart move, wherever you are.

Installing impact windows and doors that are hurricane-safe and with a high DP rating protects your home, belongings and loved ones from the flying debris and heavy winds of the storm. Have peace of mind with East Coast Windows! Call us today at (954) 946-3697 to receive more information about our impact doors, windows, and services, or get a free quote by filling out our online form!

Hurricane Terms and Meanings – What You Should Know

Hurricane Terms Meanings

It’s that time of year again-hurricane season-and there’s really no better time to make sure that you understand the terminology, used by meteorologists, so that you can fully understand the situations and potential risks as they occur. Some of these terms you’ve heard before, others you may not be as familiar with, but all of these hurricane-related terms are important to know.

Hurricane season: The part of the year in which there is a relatively high incidence of hurricanes. The hurricane season in the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico runs from June 1 to November 30. In the Eastern Pacific basin it runs from May 15 to November 30. Hurricane season in the Central Pacific basin runs from June 1 to November 30. Remember that this is just the hurricane season, and that hurricanes can and do occur outside of these windows.

Air pressure: Air pressure is the force exerted by air, whether compressed or unconfined, on any surface in contact with it. When more air is present over an area, a column of atmosphere has more weight, which results in high pressure. When air is removed from the column, low air pressure is the result. Hurricanes are such a powerful source of suction mainly because of their low pressure center. Typically, the rule is, the lower the pressure, the more intense the hurricane.

Cyclone: This is a blanket term for any area of low pressure that has a closed circulation. Hurricanes, tropical storms, Typhoons and tropical depressions are all cyclones because they are closed areas of low pressure.

Hurricane Watch: Sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are possible and may occur within the specified area in association with a tropical cyclone. Because hurricane preparedness activities can become difficult once winds reach tropical storm force, the hurricane watch is typically issued 48 hours before the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Hurricane Warning: Sustained winds of 74 mph or higher are expected to occur somewhere within a specified area in association with a tropical cyclone. The warning is typically issued 36 hours before the anticipated onset of tropical-storm-force winds.

Storm surge: This is an abnormal rise in sea levels, accompanying a hurricane or other intense storm, creating possible life-threatening situations.

Eye: Clear, sometimes well-defined center of the storm with much calmer conditions than the outer layers of the storm. The eye is either completely or partially surrounded by the eyewall cloud.

Eye Wall: The area surrounding the eye, containing some of the most severe weather of all of the storm, with the highest wind speed and largest precipitation.

Rain Bands: Bands of precipitation coming off the hurricane that produce severe weather conditions such as heavy rain, wind and tornadoes.

Indirect hit: This term generally refers to areas that do not receive a direct hit from a hurricane but do experience hurricane-force winds or tides of at least 4 feet above normal.

Tropical depression: An organized system of clouds and thunderstorms with a defined surface circulation where the maximum sustained surface wind speed is 38 mph.

Tropical disturbance: A generic term used for discrete weather systems that originate in the tropics or subtropics and maintain their form for at least 24 hours or more.

Category: You will often hear meteorologists referring to a category when discussing a hurricane. The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It is a 1 to 5 category rating system based on the hurricane’s maximum sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage in five specific categories:

Category 1: 74- 95 mph.
Damage potential: minimal

Category 2: 96-110 mph.
Damage potential: extensive

Category 3: 111-129 mph.
Damage potential: devastating

Category 4: 130-156 mph.
Damage potential: catastrophic

Category 5: greater than 157 mph.
Damage potential: catastrophic

During the hurricane season, especially, it is important to pay attention to the weather reports and keep yourself informed of any possible storm activity. Also, be sure to pay attention to any evacuation orders and curfews put in place for your protection. Protect your home and belongings from the storm by installing impact windows and doors through out.

Installing impact windows and doors that are hurricane-safe and with a high DP rating, protects your home, belongings and loved ones from the flying debris and heavy winds of the storm. Have peace of mind, with East Coast Windows! Call us today at (954) 946-3697 to get more information about our doors, windows, and services, or get a free quote by filling out our online form!