A Complete Guide to Hurricane Impact Windows
If you live in Florida, you must certainly be aware of the importance of having proper protection for your doors and windows because of the frequent hurricanes that hit our coasts. For several years, homeowners resorted to shoring up their doors and windows with plywood whenever a storm was imminent. But today, that is slowly changing as more effective and convenient ways are available. In certain places, building safety codes also do not allow plywood to be used as hurricane protection.
Two Ways to Keep Your Home Safe During a Hurricane
- Using metal, reinforced plastic or fabric shutters
- Using impact resistant glass windows
Of these two options, professionally installed, high quality impact resistant windows are the most security solution. In the short term, they are more expensive but they eventually wind up paying for themselves. Plus, high impact windows are extremely convenient because you don't have to allocate storage space for them like you need to do for shutters. Furthermore, you don't have to have any extra fittings like channels, bolts or anything else to keep them in place.
Hurricane windows offer continuous protection from flying debris, and also allow light to enter your home. As the windows are a structural part of the house, they will not be easily pulled off or broken by strong winds.
You can simply choose to have all the windows in your house to be made from impact resistant glass and have strong frames, so that you just have to shut them if a storm is on the way.
Hurricane Windows Consist of Mainly Two Types
- The first type is made of several layers of PRB or polyvinyl butyral sandwiched between two glass sheets. this is then tempered at 400 degrees F for fortification. These windows can resist small projectile impacts
- The second type is designed to resist larger projectile impacts and is called PET laminated glass or glass clad polycarbonate. These windows are usually attached to the frame with structural silicone sealant.
Whatever the type, impact resistant windows are usually paired with sturdy frames to ensure structural strength and stability and adequate protection from projectiles. Today's impact resistant windows have developed to the extent of being capable to resist category 5 wind conditions and the accompanying flying debris. As such, the windows will remain in place and not allow air to rush into your home and cause a rapid increase in the internal pressure, which can happen if you don't have adequate protection for windows.
Remember, nothing is more precious than your home and the lives of yourself and your family. Give them all the best protection you can, every time. If you want the best hurricane windows in Florida for your home, just call us at (561) 278-3385 and we will take care of the rest.
Steps We Take to Ensure Proper Installation of Your Windows
Serving our South Florida community is a passion with A Christian Glass, and our namesake is on the line whenever you call us. We understand that when you call us, you want only the best impact glass and only the best service for your money. To put our customers' minds at ease, here are our top 10 ways to ensure we did our job correct.
- We have extensive experience installing windows securely. Jiggly windows during a storm have a higher chance of breaking, and or compromising your home.
- We make absolutely certain your windows are level with the impact glass. We always have the most qualified and experienced personal that are very knowledgeable and can assure that all is correct.
- All fixed panels are securely in place.
- We use the highest quality caulk in the industry.
- Are the interior edges and sides finished to match your paint scheme? We usually leave this to you.
- Our service technician inspect the installation with you after the work is completed.
- We confirm the screens and tints are what you wanted installed on your windows.
- We confirm the windows open and close smoothly and the locks work properly.
- We complete your window installation in a timely manner
- Our crew ensures your home is clean after the window installation is complete.
From West Palm Beach, down to the upper keys, A Christian Glass has you covered South Florida! For all your impact glass, hurricane door and up to code impact doors, we are here for you- our community!
Impact Resistant Windows Keep Your Home and Family Safe From Hurricanes
The weather in South Florida can be unpredictable at times, and there is always the possibility of a big storm or hurricane. The next time a hurricane hits South Florida, make sure your home is protected with the best hurricane windows available. During hurricane season storms are a constant threat, and you don't want to be scrambling when one hits. Your home is your most valuable asset, so why would you protect it with anything but the highest quality hurricane windows possible? At A-Christian Glass, we provide custom hurricane windows to ensure your home is protected the best way possible.
When a large storm or hurricane is approaching you shouldn't have to worry about running around to make sure your home is protected. Running to the hardware store to buy plywood will be a thing of the past when you install quality windows from A-Christian Glass. Having high quality hurricane windows is essential if you live in South Florida. When you buy custom hurricane windows from A-Christian Glass you'll no longer have to worry about buying plywood or having bulky aluminum shutters.
Not only will our quality windows protect your home when a hurricane or big storm hits, it's also a great way to add style and value to your home. Plywood, metal and plastic shutters are a thing of the past, and using high impact glass windows is a great way to protect your home. Our windows are incredibly sturdy and durable, while also adding a stylish look. The next time a storm hits South Florida you won't have to worry knowing that your home is protected with the best hurricane windows and doors available.
You want to have the peace of mind knowing your home is protected the next time a storm hits, especially if you happen to be out of town on vacation or on business. At A-Christian Glass we have the best high impact hurricane windows avaiable and provide industry leading installation of all of our windows. We have many different options to choose from, and we encourage you to visit our showroom or call our friendly staff at (561) 278-3385 today to see how you can get custom hurricane windows for your home.
Prepare Your Home Before the Next Hurricane Hits
Andrew, Wilma, Charley, Ivan, Frances, Dennis and Irma. These are all hurricanes that have hit the south Florida area, and these are still storms that resonate strongly with many people in the area. Hurricane predictions are always changing, but these major storms are a constant threat during hurricane season. When are you planning your hurricane preparation? At A-Christian Glass, we think that many hurricane preparedness plans could use some improvement. Don't spend your hurricane season running around franticly in the hardware store. With our hurricane windows already installed in your home, you are already prepared.
Traditional glass windows cannot withstand the force of even Category 1 or 2 hurricanes. Our hurricane windows include a sturdy inner layer of polyvinyl or polycarbonate. This strong inner layer is sandwiched between two sheets of glass or shatter resistant laminated glass. This means that though your windows appear to be only glass, they're actually reinforced with sturdy inner structures.
Our hurricane impact windows can resist high winds and heavy rains. In fact, we can even install hurricane windows that resist small and large projectile impacts. We even have windows that can resist Category 5 hurricane winds and debris. New hurricane windows can and will protect your home, your family and your peace of mind.
Impact Windows Pay for Themselves Over Time
Impact windows provide energy efficiency to your home. New windows will help to keep the cool air inside your home, and the hot air out. This will assist in reducing how hard your air conditioning or heater has to work to raise or lower the interior temperature, generating lower electricity costs. Window coverings may assist in keeping the sun's heat out, but can darken rooms. Impact windows allow heat reduction with the benefit of allowing natural light inside your home.
Not only do impact windows help lower utility bills, they also filter up to 99% of UV rays. Exposure to ultraviolet rays overtime can cause fading to carpet, furniture, and other interior décor. Because impact windows will reduce the exposure of these UV rays, your valuables will be protected longer and increase their longevity.
If You're Still Trying to Decide if Hurricane Windows Are Worth the Investment
South Florida is a beautiful area to call home, but it's not free from severe weather. Hurricanes are a yearly threat to this tropical paradise. These days, tornadoes and strong thunderstorms are a year-round threat for Florida residents. At A-Christian Glass, we think that protecting your home from damage should be an effortless process. By installing impact windows, you can keep your home and your family safe from strong winds and powerful weather. By utilizing the latest technology in impact resistant windows, you are protected.
Impact windows are an increasingly popular choice for home and business owners that understand the constant threat of inclement weather. A sunny morning can become a rainy afternoon before you know it, and major weather disturbances are always possible. If you've invested in quality high impact windows installed professionally by A-Christian Glass, there is no need to drop everything just to put up storm shutters. Instead, your home is already protected by strong impact windows.
At A-Christian Glass, we construct your custom impact window with true strength in mind. We offer two main types of impact windows , PRB or PET. For PRB impact windows, a strong polyvinyl is sandwiched between two strong panes of glass. Then, everything is tempered at 400 degrees to help the windows resist small projectile impacts.
If you're looking to bring resistance of larger projectile impacts, it's time to explore our PET impact windows. These windows have a core of polycarbonate that's sealed between layers of glass or strong laminated glass. We can help you choose the best type of impact windows for your needs.
Our experienced, professionally trained team at A-Christian Glass is proud to offer high quality impact windows in many different styles, shapes and sizes. We can customize your impact windows any shape or size of opening throughout your home or business.
At A-Christian Glass, we think that your impact windows should be more than just sturdy. We'll install your new windows with beauty in mind as well. We can create truly stunning windows that allow full light to enter, or we can tint windows to your preference. Our impact windows will look perfectly natural in any home or business. To learn more about our products, windows and installation services, please call (561) 278-3385 to speak to one of our windows specialist.