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See how impact-resistant windows and patio doors can help save lives and money.

‘Tis the season — that time of year when, whether you live on the coast or not, we’re all glued to the Weather Channel to watch reporters get swept up in wind and rain.

Hurricane seasons vary for different areas of the country from the east coast to Hawaii and can last longer than six months. That’s a big chunk out of each year that we need to be on alert.

Palm trees blowing in dark stormy weather during hurricane season

The effects of hurricane winds and rain often stretch far beyond coastal areas. It’s imperative that we all have an emergency plan in place to prepare for severe weather in advance, especially if we need to evacuate.

One of the things we can do is to arm our homes in weather-prone areas with impact-resistant windows and patio doors.

The Impact Advantage

Front porch of a house in summer with blue siding and white windows and door

One advantage of impact windows is that they prevent water from damaging the inside of your home and your possessions, but the ultimate advantage is structural.

Studies show that sudden pressure changes often cause total home destruction. If the “building envelope” is breached through a broken window, wind may enter the building, causing an increase in pressure that could lift the roof and push the walls outward, forcing them to collapse. Keeping the windows and doors intact and preventing these air pressure changes can save a home from considerable damage. Impact products help to preserve the building envelope, keeping wind and other elements outside.

While these windows (constructed with impact-resistant glass treated with a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA)) can shatter upon strong impact from flying objects, the glass generally remains attached to the inner membrane and the window frame. When they break, these windows crack in a fine, spider-web pattern rather than sending out flying shards of glass.

Just like standard windows, frame construction on a hurricane-resistant window can use aluminum, steel, vinyl, or wood. Vinyl-framed windows are a cost-effective solution and require less maintenance over time than wood.

With these windows installed, you’ll be prepared for weather emergencies at all times. No need to rush in at the last minute to close shutters or cover windows.

Back porch or patio of home with blue siding and white trim on doors and windows

The benefits of impact windows are also felt on sunny days.

The laminated glass found in impact windows provides two key benefits year-round.

The first is that this laminating helps to absorb sound instead of transmitting it. In fact, this is the kind of glass used at airport terminals and recording studios to reduce ambient sound drastically. So, along with providing peace of mind, impact glass can offer a peaceful environment from annoying sound too.

The other benefit of laminated glass is that it filters 99% of UV rays, helping to protect your carpet, furniture, and drapes from the sun’s damaging effects.

Sitting room with multiple windows facing a swimming pool outside during hot weather

3 money-saving extras

It’s true that hurricane-resistant windows may increase your construction or window replacement cost. Still, this investment pays for itself by preventing storm damage, not to mention preventing injury or loss of life.

Other ways impact windows can help you save:

  1. Reduced insurance premiums. Some states, including Florida, offer a discount on homeowners’ insurance for construction that reduces loss and damage in windstorms. Consult your insurance agent about the savings you can expect and how you can receive a discount or credit.
  2. Lower energy bills. The laminated glass and specialized coatings used in impact-resistant windows provide a barrier that keeps the heat out of your home. This can greatly reduce air-conditioning costs.
  3. Increased resale value. In cost vs. value reports, projects such as impact-resistant windows add resale value to your home. The cost of home improvements can also have a positive impact on the income tax implications when you sell your home. But always remember, keeping accurate records is important.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of impact windows and patio doors, the professionals at Window World will be happy to help. We’re here for you now with a free consultation virtually or in your home. Contact your local store today.

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