Here in Florida, a hurricane can be one of the biggest dangers to your most important investment — your home. For most of us who have lived here any amount of time, we’ve had plenty of experience scrambling to protect our homes from an impending storm with shutters throughout the years. But now we have other resources available when it comes to that protection: hurricane impact doors and windows.
Building Codes Have Changed
Florida Building Codes now require ample hurricane protection on all openings for structures within one mile of our coasts. Because of this, hurricane impact windows and doors in Florida have become popular for these structures. But you don’t have to live that close to the coast to understand their value.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Impact Windows
If you choose to install hurricane windows and doors in your Florida home, hurricane shutters are a thing of the past.
Made With Layered and Laminated Glass
Similar to the glass in your car’s windshield, impact windows are made to withstand an impact. Even though they look like regular glass windows, they are made with specialty layered and laminated glass that is designed to resist hurricane-force winds up to 200 miles per hour and water intrusion. If your home is hit by any type of wind, water or flying debris, these windows stay intact and will not break into pieces.
Because of their resistance to breakage, Florida hurricane windows and doors have the added benefit of being nearly impervious to home invaders which can add tremendous security for your home. With impact-resistant doors and windows, your home is no longer vulnerable to burglars who look for easy access.
Impact windows and doors also offer the added advantage of getting wind mitigation discounts on your homeowner’s insurance. They also offer savings when it comes to energy expenditure, often reducing electric bills substantially.
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Hurricane Shutters
The hurricane shutter has been a Florida old staple for decades. When installed over glass windows, they can be effective. But shutters have many drawbacks.
Panel hurricane shutters are awkward, heavy and unwieldy, requiring at least two people to install them and remove them each time you need to prepare for a storm. Accordion shutters and roll-down shutters are far easier to maneuver but still require someone to be at the home to put them into place.
Another unfortunate problem with hurricane panels and accordion and roll-down shutters is that they let no light into the home unless you have the transparent variety. You will also have difficulty entering or exiting your home with shutters at your doorways.
Cost of Shutters Vs. Impact Windows and Doors
Although the cost of installation of Florida hurricane doors and windows will exceed the cost of traditional hurricane shutters, their return on investment needs to be considered.
Impact windows offer one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement, with homeowners seeing between 80 and 86 percent of their original price reflected in their selling price when they list. This is not inconsequential.
If you have any questions about the installation of hurricane doors and windows in Florida, contact the window professionals at R&B Remodeling. We have over 20 years of experience in South Florida and would be happy to give you a free installation quote.