Hurricane-Resistant Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages
Hurricane window protection in Florida is a critical component to protecting your most valuable asset; your home and your business. With the weather constantly changing and an increase in hurricane ratings just within the last decade, now more than ever it is important to install shattering impact-resistant windows for your home and business.
There are a lot of pricing questions when considering installing impact windows. Some questions include: how much do hurricane shutters cost? What types of windows are installed? What are the advantages and disadvantages of installing a high impact window?
The truth is, the price or cost of impact windows will greatly depend on the type of window being installed or the number of windows that need to be replaced or reinstalled. This article will detail the advantages and disadvantages of installing hurricane-resistant windows and give a better idea of what to expect when it comes time to ask for an impact windows pricing quote.
What are hurricane impact windows?
Hurricane impact windows are specialty windows with certified hurricane-resistant and storm-proof glass that is typically treated with a layer or layers of polyvinyl butral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). Upon impact with a hurricane-resistant window, the window may crack with a strong amount of force or impact. However, instead of a shatter that can cause dangerous debris and exposure to the environment, these windows crack in a spider web fashion.
Just because you have impact-resistant windows doesn’t mark you safe from flying debris. But certainly, the added protection to your home or business through your installed impact-resistant windows and doors will add a layer of protection.
Hurricane impact windows and doors can be installed in just about any type of home or commercial building. Often, windows are designed to enhance the design of a home rather than stick out like a sore thumb. Additionally, there are various materials that can be used in both the framing and design overall. Our product line is not a one size fits all installation. In order to cater to a different home and business designs, preferences, and tastes, we have a long list of window designs that will work perfectly for your commercial or residential space.
What are the specific benefits of installing impact windows?
Aside from increasing your home’s chances of sustaining minimal damage during a dangerous storm surge, the cost of hurricane windows includes a variety of benefits such as:
Increasing property value.
Whether you believe you are in your forever home or would prefer to move at some point, but maybe don’t have plans yet, installing impact windows will increase your home value. Simply listing that your home is protected with impact windows and doors will be a huge selling point to a potential buyer and make your home more attractive in the Florida market. In fact, statistics show that investing in your home with impact windows could potentially give you and your family up to a 70% return on your initial investment. What could be even better? You may be eligible for an energy tax credit. Talk about a win-win!
Increasing property value Increase home security.
When thinking about how an intruder enters a home or business, more often than not a large item like a rock or hammer is used to break the glass and enter through a door or window. Weak windows, in turn, will create weak home security. Personal possessions, family members, or your business assets will be at risk with standard windows and doors. Signature impact windows are classified as force-entry resistant, meaning typical force used in breaking and entering are inefficient with our security windows. You can even ask your home insurance company if they provide homeowners with breaks and savings for homes with impact windows installed.
Protection from the sun.
Living in Florida has its sunny benefits, but what about the harmful UV rays that may enter? Our windows are installed with an interlayer of sealant classified as PVB that provides an added layer of protection against harmful UV rays that may enter your home or business. Likewise, UV rays can be incredibly damaging for furniture, rugs, and photos that are on or near windows. PVB provides protection against these harmful rays allowing for your belongings to stay safe and intact.
Shutter installation and storage not required!
What does this mean? For one, the impact windows cost does not factor in shutters and storage that can become very pricey. We have developed a hassle-free window that becomes unnecessary and dangerous if not taken care of properly. These shutters provide homeowners with more space and a better outer aesthetic making them highly coveted for both their look and efficiency.
Energy-efficient by design.
Utility bills can be incredibly costly in Florida. A great way to avoid high energy bills, especially in the summer, is to include installation of hurricane impact resistant windows on your list of home or business design updates. How do impact-resistant windows provide relief for energy bills? Our added PVB layer and insulation provide a shield for the sun rays that enter windows in your home or in your business. In fact, statistics have shown that by simply installing impact windows with an added layer of insulation can provide up to 50% more savings (or a 50% reduction) on monthly utility bills.
Around the clock protection.
Much like a security camera, impact windows single-handedly provide 24/7 protection against intruders and against the harmful sunlight that enters homes and businesses.
How much do hurricane windows cost?
A great question to ask during your consultation is how much do hurricane impact windows cost? This is why it is important to get a quote from a certified company based on the project scope of your home or business.
Hurricane windows cost will depend on:
- The materials being used for installation
- The design of the windows or door
- The number of windows that need to be replaced or reinstalled
- The size of the window or door frame
Why choose Signature Impact Windows and Doors?
Our experts at Signature Impact Windows and Doors are excited to talk to you about the scope of your project. Depending on the above descriptions, we will be able to give you a proper evaluation of your project and how we can assist you in achieving your impact-resistant windows or door installations.
A great point to remember are the savings you will experience when installing windows into your home or business. From energy reduction costs in the hot summer to protecting your internal assets from the weather and intruders, over time, the cost of hurricane windows pay themselves off in huge dividends. Not only will you potentially receive cuts on your energy tax, but will be also able to contact your home insurance plan and ask for breaks on your homeowner’s insurance for providing your home or business with an added layer of protection.
If you are interested in finding out more about hurricane impact windows cost, what the installation process looks like, and how we can assist your home or business with installing hurricane impact windows and doors, give us a call. We will provide you with all of the necessary information you will need in order to fully protect your home or business for years to come.