Hurricane impact windows and doors consist of two-layers of tempered impact-resistant glass, an inner membrane of PVB (polyvinyl butyral), and fitted into a heavy-duty aluminum frame. The anchoring and construction of our products keep the force of hurricane winds from breaching the outer layer of your home, thereby protecting you, your family, and the contents inside your home.
Where Did the Idea for Impact Glass Originate?
The concept of using impact-resistant glass in windows and doors originated in the auto industry when the material was used in the manufacturing of windshields. The glass that was used was heat tempered and laminated so that it wouldn’t shatter and injure the driver and passengers in the event of a collision. Today, our industry uses two types of glazing for these products. The first type we manufacture and install is described above in the opening paragraph while the other has two layers of shatter-resistant film surrounding a single pane of tempered glass.
Are Hurricane Impact Windows and Doors Required in Florida?
Florida’s Building Code was dramatically revised in 1992 to increase the structural safety of commercial and residential properties. South Florida’s region has been classified as the “wind-borne debris” region, so although it’s not required it is highly recommended.
4 Common Myths About Hurricane Impact Windows & Doors
While many Florida homeowners already have these products installed, few of them understand much about them. Here are 4 common myths to be aware of:
- There’s only one kind of hurricane impact windows and doors – FALSE! There are a number of varieties of materials, sizes, and styles available.
- Hurricane impact windows are only useful during severe storms – FALSE! While the primary function is storm protection, there are other benefits such as energy efficiency, noise reduction, protection from UV radiation, and security.
- Hurricane impact windows and doors are bulky and unattractive – FALSE! The truth of the matter is that they are quite attractive and add value to your home.
- Hurricane impact windows and doors cost too much – FALSE! While cost is always a deterrent when making a major purchase and they are more expensive than shutters, they’re more affordable than you would think. Besides that, you can’t put a price on the safety and well-being of your loved ones.
We have the best quality impact glass windows and doors for your home or business. For more information, call V&V Windows today at 305.888.4151. Our business representatives are available to walk you through the installation process or answer any questions you may have. Call us today to get started.