If you’re a resident of southern Florida, you probably know that hurricanes and strong tropical storms can leave a path of destruction that is hundreds of miles long. That’s why it is so imperative to have impact-resistant windows installed if you haven’t done so already. Although many Florida residents are well aware of the benefits that these products provide, many don’t understand how they work. Impact window technology is constantly evolving and has become increasingly more advanced over the past couple of decades.
Improved Safety and Minimal Damage
Whenever you see doors and windows that are labeled as impact-resistant, it means that the glass in them can withstand being struck by airborne debris carried by the 157 mph or higher winds of a Category 5 hurricane. This also means that burglars or home invaders won’t be able to shatter the glass right away if they are trying to break into your home. That’s because the main quality of impact-resistant is that they will not shatter when struck with a heavy object.
A Bit of History
Impact-resistant windows evolved from the use of laminated glass in auto windshields. Now, we see companies like V&V Windows using it when manufacturing their protective hurricane doors and windows. Today, the building codes in South Florida require that all doors and windows in any structures must be fitted with impact-resistant glass that can withstand winds of up to 200 mph.
It’s All About Physics, Not Some Kind of Elaborate Technology
Atmospheric pressure rises as a storm approach. So, if your windows are closed, the pressure won’t rise inside your home even though it will still be higher outdoors. The stronger the storm, the greater the pressure increase. This creates a larger difference in pressure between your home’s interior and exterior. Therefore, if a window gets broken, the damage caused by the difference in pressure would be extensive and could possibly be lethal for those inside your home.
Construction is the Key
The impact-resistant windows installed by V&V Windows are constructed with an inner layer of flexible yet strong-binding materials like EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) and PVB (polyvinyl butyral) sandwiched in between two pieces of tempered glass. The inner layer can vary in thickness. However, the thicker the inner layer, the greater the level of protection and the higher the cost of the window. When you are looking to protect your home or office, investment to safeguard the premise is an asset. Thus, don’t compromise on quality but ensure that you get the best for your home.
To learn more about impact-resistant windows or to schedule an appointment for a free estimate, contact V&V Windows today (305) 888-4151.