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4 Things You Need to Know About Impact Windows

By June 21, 2022No Comments

You know you live in South Florida, which means you also know a pretty major storm is heading your way sooner rather than later. You know you need to protect your home, your family, your pets, and your property. You know you don’t want your home to be destroyed the next time a hurricane blows into the area. If this is all you know, it’s time to educate yourself about impact windows. This is the solution you’re looking for!

What You Need to Know About Impact Windows

#1 Not all impact windows are the same. Impact windows are rigorously tested to meet the specific needs of the location. Impact windows can differ in terms of the level of resistance they offer. One of these types involves multiple layers of polyvinyl butyral between two sheets of glass, which is ideal for protecting against small missile impacts. Another kind of impact window is made with PET laminated glass with a glass-clad polycarbonate, meaning it can take larger impacts. They also come in different sizes, shapes, and styles. We’ll help you find the perfect fit for your wants and needs. 

#2 They’re a smart investment. Even with homeowners insurance, starting over completely after a hurricane destroys your home is devastating. Impact windows are financially smart because of how they prevent broken glass and property damage. You want you, your family, and your possessions to be safe and sound. There’s more, though. They often help lower insurance premiums, improve the resale value of your home, and stop intruders from stealing from you when you’re not home. Because they also block UV rays, you’ll see savings in your monthly electric bill. 

#3 Be sure to choose a well-established company with all the right credentials. This is too important to get wrong, which means the company you choose to install your impact windows is a big decision. Even the best impact windows in the world won’t actually offer any protection if they’re installed incorrectly or secured with shoddy workmanship. You’re going to want to look for a manufacturer with documented NOAs (Notice of Acceptance by Miami-Dade County) for impact resistant windows and doors.

#4 Look for the ENERGY STAR rating. ENERGY STAR labeled windows meet a stringent energy efficiency specification set by the Department of Energy and have been tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). Why does this matter? ENERGY STAR qualified impact windows have two or more panes of glass, warm-edge spacers

between the window panes, improved framing materials, and Low-E coating. They help keep that hot Florida sun’s heat outside during the summer. Because of this, your energy bill decreases, which translates to less Carbon Dioxide emissions from the generation of electric power. Your environmental impact is reduced and your monthly electric bills will be lower too.

Trust Vista Impact Windows & Doors with Your Safety Needs

It’s easy to see why the use of impact windows has grown in recent years due to their durability, dependability, and protection. For a home or commercial property, we are the team to call! Contact us today for a free impact window estimate by calling (305) 261-5058.