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What Are Impact Windows?

10/23/2013 8:11:36 AM

Impact windows—also known as hurricane windows—are windows that are specially designed to stand up to extreme winds and flying debris. Their purpose is to help protect not only the people inside a home or business but also the structure itself. 

Once the windows in a building are destroyed, the structure is more vulnerable to high winds and debris, which can lead to extreme damage to the building’s support system. Impact windows are designed to prevent this from happening—potentially saving home and business owners thousands of dollars in repairs or even preventing the need for total demolition and rebuilding.

How Do Impact Windows Work?

Impact windows have the same aesthetics as regular windows; the differences are contained entirely within. Weather Shield’s impact-resistant windows are built out of an extremely strong aluminum clad-exterior that can withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Wood frame and vinyl frame windows are inherently weaker than an aluminum exterior, making them a poor choice for coastal regions subject to the threat of extreme tropical weather.

The glass in our impact-resistant windows has the same look and feel as the glass in our traditional window options, but it is laminated with an impact-resistant material to prevent the window from breaking. In the event that it does break, it prevents shards of glass from spraying into the building—a common cause of injury during hurricanes and tornados.

Are Impact Windows Worth The Investment?

Studies have shown that impact windows are more effective than simply covering your windows with plywood or storm shutters during bad weather. With plywood and storm shutters, wind can get behind these protective coverings and pull them off, leaving you with no added protection. Impact windows, on the other hand, are screwed directly into the frame of your home or business, keeping high winds from pulling them away from the structure.

More Information

If you would like more information on our LifeGuard lines of impact windows or would like to have them installed in your home or business, contact us today to speak with one of our window experts or find a local Weather Shield dealer to schedule a consultation. 

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