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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I choose the best window contractor for my house?

Choosing a good window contractor may be complex, but there are several key factors to look for starting any impact resistant window installation.

What is egress and what does it mean for my impact windows?

Egress is a way of escape out of a building when an emergency strikes. When designing and installing windows, we also keep in mind the possibility of an emergency that would require you to escape the house through them.

What is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient of impact-resistant windows?

The SHGC refers to the amount of heat finding its way into your house. Lower numbers mean less heat permeating your indoor spaces; while a higher number is a clear indication that your interior spaces get warmer easily.

Are impact-resistant windows more expensive than other alternatives?

Impact-resistant windows are much less expensive than their traditional glass counterparts.

What are the benefits of impact-resistant windows?

Apart from the ability to withstand hurricanes, impact-resistant windows have many other benefits including security and energy efficiency.

Do I Need a Permit?

A-Christian Glass obtains all necessary permits for every installation that we perform.

How Do I Know the Right Impact Resistant Door for My Business?

We have different types of doors for various applications. To determine the right door for your business, we conduct a quick survey of the important factors.

What Does HVHZ Mean?

HVHZ stands for High Velocity Hurricane Zone.

What Is Design Pressure (DP) Ratings?

DP ratings indicate the amount of pressure a particular class of doors can withstand.

How Are Doors Tested for Impact Resistance?

Impact resistant doors go through various tests to assess their robustness, including missile debris tests.

Why Does the Track of My Sliding Door Trap Water During Storms?

It is acceptable for the track of your sliding door to trap water during windy storms.

What are wind load calculations?

Wind load refers to the pressure exerted by wind on various structures such as windows and doors.

Will I also have to replace the window sills currently in my house?

It all depends on the condition of your current window sills and how your existing windows were originally installed.

Can impact-resistant windows protect against burglars?

The main concept behind our impact windows is shatter-resistant glass that is both properly fitted and secured. The same thing that makes them hurricane resistant also makes them an excellent deterrent for burglars.

How much UV protection does Low-E Glass provide?

Our impact-resistant windows with Low-E glass can block 95% - 99% of UVA and UVB radiation without significantly reducing the amount of natural light that enters your home.

Do impact windows reduce outside noise pollution?

Due to their airtight seal and considerably thicker construction, our hurricane impact windows help reduce outside noise, adding much more peace and quiet to your home.

Can hurricane impact windows improve energy efficiency?

Yes! Our hurricane impact windows are custom fit to provide a perfect seal, which prevents both hot from entering your home and cold air from escaping, thereby reducing your energy costs.

How can I make sure that the windows or doors that I am purchasing are impact resistant products?

To learn whether or not a product is considered impact resistant, ask your window dealer for a copy of the Notice of Acceptance (NOA) issued by the Miami-Dade County.

If I install impact windows and doors in my house, how do I obtain insurance premium discounts?

In order to obtain the insurance discounts or credits for having impact resistant windows and doors, all of the house openings must be protected.

Are garage doors tested for impact-resistant compliance?

Yes, absolutely. Garage doors typically account for the largest opening in a building and are a critical component to the structural integrity of the building's envelope.

What is the U-Factor?

The U-Factor is a measure of how well the window or door keeps heat inside the structure or home.

Do hurricane windows and doors come in different glass colors?

Yes, hurricane windows and doors are available in a variety of color tints, including gray, bronze, blue and green.

What Exactly is an Impact Resistant Window?

Impact resistant windows are constructed by bonding a tough interlayer between two pieces of glass.

Do Hurricane Windows and Doors Lower Insurance Premiums?

Yes, they can! Homeowners insurance is a necessity these days, but in Florida premiums aren't exactly low. At A-Christian Glass, we know that homeowners are doing everything they can to lower their insurance premiums. So, if you're looking for an effortless way to lower your premiums considerably, it's time to check out our hurricane impact resistant windows and doors.

What Type of Windows are Best for My South Florida Home?

Impact resistant windows are best for your home in South Florida; although a beautiful place to live, South Florida is also susceptible to hurricanes and intense tropical storms. People no longer use plywood and other materials to protect their home when a hurricane is approaching. It's much more practical and far safer to install high impact hurricane windows. There are many different styles because no home or business is the same.

Should I Choose Frameless Glass Showers?

Bathroom redesign projects are filled with a lot of questions. Should I move the tub? Should I change the tile? Should I choose frameless glass showers? At A-Christian Glass, we know that frameless glass showers are the best option for bathroom designs. They're not just gaining popularity They're becoming the new standard for quality bathroom design. Wondering why frameless glass showers have gotten so popular? There are plenty of reasons! We've put together the top 5 features of frameless shower enclosures:

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