The frequency of tropical storms and hurricanes along coastal areas is a major concern for a lot of residents. Stricter building codes in these coastal areas have home builders and manufacturers on top of their game. Installing impact windows is one way to meet these building codes. Not to mention, there’s no need for hurricane shutters or sheets of plywood to protect your home. Impact windows have a lot of benefits for home and business owners alike. Below are some of the benefits that impact windows provide.
Protection Against Wind Blown Projectiles
Loose shingles, tiles, lumber and metal objects are torn off buildings and launched into the air at amazing speeds. This is why signature impact windows and doors are put through vigorous tests for these dangerous missile projectiles by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA).
Small projectiles and a nine-pound block of wood are shot out of a cannon to simulate a hurricane force wind. If a three-inch sphere or hole more than five inches occurs, the impact window does not pass.
Home Security and Theft Protection
Impact windows are great for stopping intruders from gaining access to your home. The glass in the window might shatter; however, the holes will be too small for the burglar to get through. For this reason, firemen have a special tool they use to cut the glass in the case of an emergency.
Protection Against Harmful UV Rays
Harmful UV rays can fade your fabrics and can cause damage to your personal items. Signature windows are available with special coatings that block out harmful UV rays. This added benefit will protect your furniture and carpets against fading and discoloration along with any unwanted glares.
The Benefits of Noise Reduction
Impact windows are great at noise reduction. Busy highways, roads, airports, and train tracks are very loud in nature and impact windows will significantly reduce the noise level. This can be a big benefit for those who live in areas where sound barriers are not enough to stop all of the noise.
Signature impact windows add increased resale value to your home. Homes with impact windows and doors have a 10 percent higher resale value and sell 50 percent faster than a home that does not have them.
Impact windows are Energy Star rated and they are very energy efficient. These windows offer Low-E protection and they keep your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The Federal government also offers tax credits for installing energy star windows and doors in your home.
Why Choose Impact Windows and Doors?
Impact resistant windows and doors are designed like the glass in an automobile. They contain a thin layer of resin called Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB).
When this resin is applied between panes of glass it stops the glass from shattering. The glass can break; however, the membrane keeps the glass shards intact. Keeping this in mind, these products protect you from hurricanes and gale force winds. By choosing impact windows and doors, you’re adding years of protection for your home as well as your family.