Impact Resistant and Hurricane Windows
If you live in a coastal community that is subject to high winds
and severe weather, you should become familiar with hurricane resistant
windows if you aren’t already. Installing impact resistant windows
can mean the difference between light damage and total destruction
to your home in the event of a hurricane or a strong storm. Think
of it this way, you wouldn’t want to drive your car with a windshield
that wasn’t impact resistant would you? The bottom line is, if you
live in an area of the country where strong storms and hurricanes
are commonplace, you should take steps to ensure that your home
and your loved ones are properly protected.
In the past, the best
way for homeowners to protect their homes was to place plywood over
their windows when they knew a storm was coming. Unfortunately,
time doesn’t always afford us that luxury especially for those who
do not live in their homes year round. Regardless, without some
sort of protection over the window, your entire home (not just your
windows) can be put at risk. Once one of the windows is broken and
air or water enters the house, the resulting change in pressure
can compromise the entire stability of the home. If the wind and
water enter through the windows, there is more pressure inside the
home which can cause the roof and walls to more easily collapse.
How are Impact Resistant
and Hurricane Windows Made?
Luckily, thanks advanced research and modern technology; you no
longer have to put plywood on your windows before every storm. Today’s
window manufacturers make products that are built to withstand flying
objects, high winds and flooding. In fact, the window technology
used in coastal homes was developed from auto windshields which
offer shatter-proof glass and added protection for the driver in
the event of an accident or debris that may hit the glass while
driving. The key to making a protective home window is in the additional
laminate material used. Today’s window manufacturers will put multiple
laminate layers in between two panes of glass. The glass is then
heated to remove any air and to allow it to become clear. The sandwiched
laminate material keeps the window from shattering when hit by flying
debris and also gives the window much more strength to withstand
high winds or high pressure from water that may surround the window
in the event of a flood. As an added benefit, the laminate can provide
UV protection and increase energy efficiency for your home.
extremely important factor in the strength of a window is the frame
surrounding the glass. If the glass withstands the blow from flying
debris but the frame does not remain intact with the glass on impact,
the window is useless in the event of a storm. That is why it is
important that your windows are installed correctly and that the
fusion between frame and glass is solid. Typically the strongest
window frame material available is aluminum. Unfortunately, aluminum
is not the best material for energy efficiency so many window manufacturers
also offer wood, wood-clad, and re-enforced vinyl material in their
impact resistant window lines. As these windows have become more
popular, they are offered in more and more styles and designs to
meet the needs of your home.
Testing Standards for Impact Resistant
and Hurricane Windows
So how does a window pass the test
to be certified as impact resistant? Each window must meet strict
standards set by the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM).
Tests include subjecting the windows to flying debris which includes
ball bearings or pieces of wood (wood weighing up to 8 lbs) which
are thrown at a window at speeds of 30 to 50 miles per hour. Further
tests include subjecting the windows to high wind pressure and
ensuring that they do not break. If your windows are certified as
impact resistant, you should see a seal on them that states that
they have passed these tests.
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and Hurricane Windows
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