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Florida is a state known for sun and fun. However, Florida is also known for being a hurricane-prone state, and hurricane season — which begins in May and lasts until November — jeopardizes more than just enjoyment in the sun, these storms threaten your property and put you in danger. With severe high-speed winds and excessive water-related weather conditions, hurricanes can cause serious damage to homes, businesses, and other buildings. The wind and flooding caused by hurricanes is so severe they can jeopardize people’s safety and well-being.

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Your home or building receives the best safety and up-to-date practices in the industry, which means that industry-leading standards are always met. You can rely on Vista Impact to implement the highest standards of safety every time we come out. Our dedicated team comprises vastly experienced and knowledgeable professionals who are adept at making your Impact Doors & Windows safe and reliable.

Questions From Vista Impact Customers

How long will it take to order new impact windows and get them installed?

From the day you hire Vista Impact Windows and Doors to handle your installation, it will take about three weeks to have every item we need to be delivered to our warehouse. Once we have all of your impact windows and doors in our warehouse we will call you to schedule the installation at your convenience. Depending upon the size of your home or condo the installation of the windows and doors could take one to three days to complete.

What are hurricane windows?

Hurricane windows are windows specially designed to better withstand the strength and force of hurricanes and other high-impact threats. Also known as hurricane impact windows, impact windows, hurricane rated windows, and hurricane-resistant windows among other names, these windows are stronger than standard windows.

The laminated glass used for hurricane windows is a safety glass comprised of an interlayer that better keeps the glass together upon impact. Instead of glass breaking into large shards upon force, laminate glass features “spider web” cracking. The interlayer holds the two glass panes and keeps them together. However, this doesn’t mean glass used for hurricane windows is protected from breakage. With enough force, the laminated glass will break into small, rounded pieces instead of large shards. The interlayer helps the glass break in a controlled manner.

What are the benefits of installing impact windows and doors on my home or condo?

  • Effortless hurricane protection
  • Insurance reductions
  • Energy savings
  • Noise reduction
  • Burglar resistant
  • Add value to your home

Can I get regular non-impact windows installed and save money?

Regular old-style windows don’t have any of the benefits of impact windows.’ Additionally building code will only allow old-fashioned windows to be installed on your home if you have had shutters installed after September 1st, 1994 with a permit on record. If you don’t have existing permitted shutters then you would have to have shutters installed at the same time that you have non-impact windows installed. Once you look at the cost of this double installation we think you’ll find the cost savings as well as the many other benefits that will be found by installing impact windows.

How do I know which brand or type of hurricane impact windows and doors will be best for my home?

Our staff of installers guided by our designer and General Contractor will point out the features and benefits of each type of window and door that may be suitable for your particular application. Additionally we have different grades of windows to meet your budget and the style of your home. We will be able to provide samples to show how each type of window looks and operates.

What do I need to do to be ready for the window installers to come to my home?

In order to perform the impact window installation, we will need about 2.5 feet in front of each window on the inside for access. If you have heavy furniture within this area our window installation team will move these items for you. Window treatments will need to be taken down until the installation of your new energy-efficient, storm windows is complete. If you have any shrubbery on the outside that would block access to the windows then that will need to be trimmed away before we arrive for the installation.

Is there anything I should do after the installation of impact windows?

The caulking around the window frame will need about 24-48 hours to cure depending upon temperature. During this time please don’t clean the windows. You will see a sticker on every new impact window and door; please leave that in place until the final inspection by your municipality has been completed. After the final inspection and 48 hours has passed then rest assured that all of our impact windows and doors will give you many years of maintenance-free service.

Do impact windows and doors come with screens?

Our sliding glass doors can be ordered with or without screens. All of the other impact windows and doors all come with screens.

Can someone break into my home after I have the impact windows installed?

Impact windows are made with a special type of glass composed of two layers of glass with a tough, transparent plastic inner layer between the two sheets of glass. This cannot be penetrated to gain access without special tools made for this purpose which firemen carry. In order to penetrate this type of glass firemen would use a special chainsaw which makes a tremendous amount of noise. Therefore it seems logical that a burglar would not be likely to have this specific type of chainsaw or the desire to create the tremendous amount of attention-getting noise that a chainsaw makes.

Commerical Questions

Do you offer financing?

Yes. Vista Impact has been helping our customers with all their window financing needs.

What are other benefits of hurricane windows?

Aside from providing protection against hurricanes and its effects, hurricane windows have numerous other benefits. When you install hurricane windows in your home or building, you increase its value. These windows also make your home or business more energy efficient because your property is better insulated. This will save you money on heating and cooling costs.

Because of the protection they offer, hurricane windows also protect you from home intrusion. Burglars cannot penetrate the glass of hurricane windows like they can with standard windows. And even if they manage to break the glass, the glass won’t shatter apart into large shards, which can make the situation more dangerous.

Do hurricane impact windows affect my home’s value?

Yes, adding hurricane windows can drastically increase your home’s value. That said, when you sell your property, the upgraded hurricane windows will be a great selling point.

Can I just add shutters instead of installing hurricane windows?

Simply adding shutters to your existing windows is not recommended because you don’t get the same level of protection as you would from hurricane windows. You simply get an extra layer of protection from the shutters, but it isn’t as effective. If the shutters are torn off in the storm, then you’re still left with your standard windows, which can easily break into large glass shards from the wind.

Should I Get Hurricane Windows for my Business?

It is highly beneficial to install hurricane windows for your business to help prevent large losses.  Hurricanes can result in immense damage that can be devastating for businesses as they may experience damage to the building, lose inventory, and be forced to shut down business operations while the damage is repaired.  All of this adds up to major losses.  Installing hurricane rated windows will limit the damage from a hurricane and reduce the losses to your business.

There are many different types of hurricane impact windows available that can protect commercial buildings.  If your business has a drive-thru or transaction window, there are hurricane rated windows available for these applications as well.

When June approaches, many people are excited for the warmth and sunny days. Students look forward to summer vacation and having a break from school. Many families will make their way somewhere near the Atlantic coast for a vacation. But all this can be threatened by the hurricane season, which begins in May.

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you’re aware of the threat that hurricanes pose to you, your family, and your home or business. You need to be more than just aware; you need to take action as well. This includes preparing your building for any potential damage that may come as a result of a hurricane and its effects. One of the most important things you can do to protect your commercial property from a hurricane is to install hurricane rated windows. It can be costly, but it’ll be worth spending the money to protect your property.

Why does water get into the track of my Sliding Glass Door or windows during a rain storm? Is something wrong with my product?

It is normal for water to be present in the track of sliding glass door or windows during a storm, especially if it is a windy storm.

If something hits my impact-resistant glass, will it break?

If struck, the impact-resistant glass can break, but it is designed to remain in the frame.

Are there window and door products that are hurricane-proof?

Impact-resistant products are designed, tested and built to withstand certain conditions to provide reasonable storm protection; however, it is unsafe to consider any product hurricane-proof.

Does Vista Impact Windows fabricate their own windows?

Vista Impact Windows and Doors does not fabricate or manufacture windows or doors.

Will there be a mess left behind?

Not with Vista Impact Windows and Doors, you can expect us to take a great deal of time setting up walkway covers and dust barriers when we are in your home.

Can I pay by credit card?

Yes. Because new windows can be costly we have many customers wanting to pay with a credit card.

If I have an alarm system will it still work after my installation is complete?

When we take final measurements of your home a representative will ask you if you want to keep your existing alarm system. Some of our customers choose to upgrade their systems to wireless and some choose to keep their current wired alarms.

Do I have to get a permit?

Vista Windows and Doors pulls a permit for each job that we install.

Can I have an inswing front door?

Yes. You or your general contractor can provide our sales team with specific measurements of the windows and doors of your choice.

Do you hire subcontractors?

Yes. We install both inswing and outswing front doors. This is the preference of the customer.

How can windows and doors affect the structural integrity of my home?

A broken window or ineffective door during a strong tropical storm, hurricane, or tornado can cause a great difference in the inside vs. outside air pressure.

Do impact windows and doors qualify me for insurance savings?

Yes, the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation assigns discounts for impact-resistant windows and doors, provided that all of the home’s openings are protected.

General Questions

Why should I replace my standard windows with hurricane impact windows?

The short answer is to provide better protection in the event of a hurricane. Hurricane impact windows hold up better to the high-speed winds and high-impact forces that hurricanes present. If you reside in an area prone to hurricanes, it’s smart to spend the money to protect your residential or commercial property and to keep you and others safe. The amount of damage that hurricane-rated windows can prevent makes them worth the cost.

Can I just add shutters instead of installing hurricane windows?

Simply adding shutters to your existing windows is not recommended because you don’t get the same level of protection as you would from hurricane windows. You simply get an extra layer of protection from the shutters, but it isn’t as effective. If the shutters are torn off in the storm, then you’re still left with your standard windows, which can easily break into large glass shards from the wind.

Do hurricane impact windows affect my home’s value?

Yes, adding hurricane windows can drastically increase your home’s value. That said, when you sell your property, the upgraded hurricane windows will be a great selling point.

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Being accredited by the Better Business Bureau means the BBB has determined that they meet accreditation standards, which include a commitment to make a good-faith effort to resolve any consumer issues.

What are other benefits of hurricane windows?

Aside from providing protection against hurricanes and its effects, hurricane windows have numerous other benefits. When you install hurricane windows in your home or building, you increase its value. These windows also make your home or business more energy efficient because your property is better insulated. This will save you money on heating and cooling costs.

Because of the protection they offer, hurricane windows also protect you from home intrusion. Burglars cannot penetrate the glass of hurricane windows like they can with standard windows. And even if they manage to break the glass, the glass won’t shatter apart into large shards, which can make the situation more dangerous.

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With Vista’s expert installation services, your new impact windows and doors will open and close effortlessly, and stand up to hurricane-force winds and rain. They will significantly increase energy efficiency and help make your home the quiet, comfortable and secure place it’s meant to be.

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