If you live in an area that is at risk for hurricanes, impact hurricane windows are a good idea. They have many advantages for the homeowner, and one of them is no putting up or taking down shutters when a storm is imminent. They provide continuous protection all year round, with no work for the homeowner. They protect you against wind borne debris thrown by storms, and keep you from having dangerous missile-like objects thrown through your windows and home by high winds, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Wind gusts during hurricanes can go as high as over 200 miles per hour, and the things or debris thrown by this wind can have the power of a bullet. The damage done can be catastrophic. Because hurricane impact windows are part structurally of your home, wind is kept out and unlike shutters, there is absolutely no chance for them to be torn off. They also have an advantage of not keeping light out of your house, so there is no darkening of your home as can sometimes happen with shutters.
Good impact hurricane windows can also give you protection against intruders. These windows can be broken, of course, but it takes great strength, and because of the special lamination on the glass, they don’t fall out of the frame and no one can enter the home even when they’re broken. The lamination is the same kind that is used on windshields, and just like windshields, when they break, the pieces don’t leave the frame and keep you from being injured by flying glass, even during high winds and rain. They also reduce noise because of the heavy, double paned laminated glass and the superior lamination.
Insurance companies may also reduce your insurance rates when you install impact hurricane windows. Because they lower your risk of damage to your home, insurance companies lower your premiums. In some cases, your savings can be impressive, and your costs can lower as much as 45 – 50 %.
Hurricane impact windows are a great investment for homeowners – not only do they keep you safe from damage, but they can save you money and keep out noise. They also let in the light and don’t darken your home, and are a huge asset to a homeowner. If you are looking for an easy way to prepare for storms, hurricane impact windows are the way to go: They require no maintenance, and are protection against both storms and intruders.