Impact Windows VS. Regular Windows: Is There A Difference?

For residents of South Florida’s coastal communities, hurricanes are a harsh reality that can cause millions of dollars in damages to unprepared homeowners.  At V&V Windows, our goal is to help you protect you and your loved ones plus your home during hurricane season.  The best way to ensure this is by installing impact windows and doors.  So how do they differ from regular windows?

The Problems With Regular Windows

Although regular windows afford some protection from the weather, they don’t protect your home as well as impact-resistant windows.  Without a protective covering such as plywood or shutters, regular windows can be broken by flying debris and hurricane force winds, therefore causing water and wind damage to your home.  Due to the preparation involved with hanging pieces of plywood or shutters, your home could be at risk when a hurricane is approaching. That’s why we recommend not waiting until the last minute and get started earlier with the best impact windows in town. 

Impact Windows VS. Regular Windows

If you live in South Florida, you’re well aware of the threat that a hurricane poses to your home and family.  There are 4 key differences between impact windows and regular windows:

  • Appearance (a.k.a. curb appeal) – let’s face it folks, your home looks better without storm shutters over every window.  Today’s configurations and styles of impact-resistant windows feature built-in protective qualities.  So, you won’t be sacrificing any curb appeal to protect your home from hurricanes and tropical storms.
  • Convenience of added security – you don’t have to worry about prepping your home if a storm approaches while you’re away on vacation. Plus, the fact that impact windows won’t shatter upon impact can be quite a deterrent for burglars and vandals that might want to breakin.
  • Clearly the smarter choice – when it comes to home protection, there are certain standards that must be met where hurricane protection and preparation are concerned.  As a result, Florida building codes recommend the installation of impact resistant doors and windows in your home.
  • Cost-effectiveness in the long run – because the initial cost, storm panels and shutters are often the more appealing choice to homeowners this will require reinstallation and storage while impact windows remain intact.  The cost and time spent installing, uninstalling, and re-installing shutters will result in a higher cost over time.

In addition to added protection and security, impact-resistant windows are energy-efficient, can reduce noise pollution, and protect the interior of your home from the sun’s harsh UV rays that can damage carpeting and fabrics. Thus, it’s important to have the right windows that safeguard all aspects of your home. 

To learn more about the differences between impact windows and regular windows, call V&V Windows at 305.888.4151 and speak to someone on our team today.