Frequent Asked Questions
It’s not uncommon to have a lot of question when you’re exploring impact windows. To help you with your research and perhaps even answer some of the questions you have, take a look at the most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that is not answered on this page, please contact us directly. Our team would be more than happy to provide you with any information you may need to start or complete your impact window project.
What are the most important benefits to consider when it comes to impact windows?
Impact windows can protect your home from the damage of hurricanes including strong winds and even hail. Impact windows can also help save energy, reducing your energy bills each month and reduce the amount of noise that comes into the home. Impact windows can be used to qualify for a discount on your homeowner’s insurance policy as well. Most importantly, impact windows add value to your home, increasing its market value.
Are impact windows just as clear as a traditional glass window?
Yes, even though impact windows have two pieces of glass and a plastic layer in between, they are still just as clear as a traditional glass window. They will not obstruct any viewing.
Why aren’t storm shutters better and more protective than an impact window?
Contrary to popular belief, storm shutters can do much more damage than good. For example, if a shutter gets torn off by the window, it can go crashing right through the window it was supposed to protect. Impact windows automatically protect your home and keep debris out. They are designed to stay stable against pressure changes, the strongest winds and things like tree branches flying through the air.
Why should I spend the extra money to get impact windows instead of just a traditional window?
Traditional windows just aren’t as safe or sturdy as an impact window. Areas that are vulnerable to hurricanes should really consider adding this additional security to your home. In some areas, impact window are a requirement by the state, city or town. When it comes to the cost, think about the cost of a traditional window plus replacing everything in your home versus the cost of the impact window. An impact window protects your entire home and everything in it. It is much less a cost and much more an investment.
How do I choose the right brand of impact windows for my home?
Our team of professionals will help you every step of the way. We can discuss what your needs are and then advise you on which brand would be the best fit. We always take into consideration the location of the home, the potential for hurricanes as well as your budget to make sure that everything is correct, affordable and as effective as possible.
How should I prepare for having impact windows installed?
To make sure that installation goes smoothly, ensure that there is at least 2.5 feet of room on either side of where the window is being installed. It is best to have large pieces of furniture moved away from the window and double check that there aren’t any bushes, trees or plants blocking window access from the outside.
What if my budget doesn’t allow me to purchase the most expensive hurricane resistant windows available?
All impact windows, no matter the price, are tested the same. Each window must pass the tests to be labeled as an impact window. Therefore, even if you purchase the most inexpensive impact window, it will still be able to stand up against hurricanes. The most common differences between very expensive and inexpensive impact windows really come down to most aesthetic elements like the type of hardware that comes with it.
How long does ordering and installation of impact windows normally take?
Answer: Once you have chosen the make and model of window, delivery usually takes about three weeks. Once the windows have arrived, installation on-site can take anywhere from one to three days depending on the amount of windows and size of the building. Naturally, one window takes much less time to install than 10 windows.
What will I need to do immediately following the completed installation?
For the window to properly seal, the caulking needs up to 48 hours to cure and harden. During those 48 hours, do not touch, adjust or clean the window. Also, there will be a sticker left on each impact window, do not remove this sticker. Your town or city will need to see this sticker upon final inspection and will let you know when it can be removed.
Do impact windows protect against someone breaking into my home via window?
Impact windows are made from two separate pieces of glass that have an additional plastic layer in between. These windows cannot be broken without a very specialized tool that is only provided to fireman. This tool is a type of chainsaw that is very noisy and is in no way an easy and inconspicuous way to break into a building. That being said, it would be very, very difficult for someone to break into a home that had all impact windows and doors.
What if the Storm windows do not work correctly during a hurricane?
Before an impact window can be approved to the building code, it will be examined and inspected. These inspections ensure that the window will perform correctly in a hurricane. To date, there have not been any reports of impact window failure of a window that has met the building code.
Although the glass won’t break, can an entire impact window be blown into my home causing damage and leaving the inside of my house vulnerable to a storm?
Hurricane Windows are fastened to the window frame, are completely differently than a traditional window. Impact windows are fastened to the internal structure of your home, not the outside wall. They are much stronger and stable this way as they are deeply attached, not merely sitting in a frame.