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Feb 14 2020

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Hurricane force winds-Live by the coast? In a hurricane area? Impact resistant windows could be a lifesaver! What you need to know before you begin installing hurricane windows.



What You Need To Know About Impact Resistant Windows Before Buying Hurricane Windows For Your House

If you live in a home where hurricanes occasionally roll through, you should take precautions to prepare your windows to take on the damaging winds and flying debris associated with hurricanes.

Every time a hurricane is about to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf coast or Atlantic seaboard, we see stories on the news of homeowners nailing plywood over their windows to protect them.

Hurricane resistant windows or storm-proof windows are composed of impact resistant glass, containing a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between 2 slabs of glass. The most effective type of impact resistant window is the inner-membrane window. An impact-resistant glass will probably shatter on impact, but it will remain attached to the inner membrane along with the window frame. There is always the alternative of using a shatter-resistant film that covers window glass — that will prevent glass from shattering. Source

Tips For Installing Hurricane Impact Resistant Windows

Before you have impact glass windows installed in your home, keep these important tips in mind:

  • Impact resistant windows need to be paired with beefed up window frames — in order to provide sufficient protection from projectiles. The window frames may be constructed of wood, metal, vinyl, or a combination of materials. They have stiffeners and reinforcement to make them much stronger than typical window frames.
  • If you’re retrofitting an existing window, it’s recommended that you replace the entire window system (frame and all) — in order for it to work as designed. Securing the window frame to the opening according to the manufacturer’s specifications is the key to keeping it intact under hurricane conditions.

Reasons To Install Impact Resistant Glass Windows

I can think of 2 good reasons that impact glass windows make the best hurricane windows:

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The window will be cycled thousands of times inward and outward at 1.5 times the design pressure to simulate actual Category 5 hurricane conditions — before being certified for sale as an impact resistant window.

Best Impact Resistant Hurricane Windows

As you may have guessed, there are many brands of impact resistant glass windows available that can withstand hurricane winds.

Most major window manufacturers have impact windows and doors in their product line these days.

Here are some of the best impact resistant hurricane windows:

TIP: Be sure to look for products certified to meet large missile impact level D, and wind zone 4 testing standards when you’re buying hurricane windows for your home.

Here’s how to tell if you have impact resistant hurricane windows or not.

How Much Do Hurricane Windows Cost?

The price for hurricane windows varies greatly depending on where you live, how many windows you’re installing, the size of those windows, the type of those windows, and whether or not your installing impact resistant glass doors at the same time.

Believe it or not, hurricane impact resistant windows generally cost less than other options. See why.

A good hurricane window cost will be between $40 and $55 a square foot, and this will include the frame and the hurricane-proof glass. Some studies have shown that by installing hurricane windows, the construction cost will be increased only by a few thousand dollars on a new home. As an average, a hurricane impact door size 60″x80″ can cost about $1,900 while a sliding window 72″x80″ is around $1950. A single hung window cost is between $500 and $600, material only. Source

While storm windows are stronger and more durable than standard house windows, clearly storm windows aren’t impact-resistant like hurricane windows are. Keep that in mind when comparing prices.

Finally, compare those window prices with the cost to install hurricane shutters.

Writing a home building blog that chronicles new homes during different phases of construction from a consumers’ point-of-view is rather unique and loads of fun. Basically, my tips are a collection of checklists for what I think should (and should not) go into building a quality home. So let’s have fun seeing what’s new in the housing market these days!

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SOURCE: http://homebuilding.thefuntimesguide.com/impact_resistant_windows/


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