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Can Your Windows Sustain a Category 5 Hurricane? Ours Can!

Here in Florida, our windows serve many duties. Not only do they allow sunlight and air into our homes and keep heat and humidity outside, but they must also sustain the storm systems that we see on an ongoing basis. Consequently, come hurricane season, most Florida residents are well-versed in the protection of their windows and doors and often scurry to make hurricane protection accommodations as a storm system barrels in.

Our Preparations Weren’t Enough in 1992

Our biggest turning point came with Hurricane Andrew in 1992 which left us with an unfortunate example of the huge holes in our preparedness against large storms. Since then, the Florida Building Code has made many changes, one of which is the requirement of impact-resistant windows and doors for structures located within one mile of the coastline. But even for structures that are located more inland, many owners are now opting for the strength and ease of Florida hurricane resistant doors and windows.

Strict Criteria Has Been Enacted

Due to what we learned during Hurricane Andrew, Miami-Dade County now has the strictest criteria in the country for impact-resistant products. For any hurricane windows to be approved under these guidelines, their glass is rigorously tested in two different types of tests: a Missile Test and a Cyclical Test.

  • The Missile Test — hurricane windows and doors must resist impact from a 9 pound, 2X4 wood plank at 50 mph
  • A small missile test is also conducted to ensure resistance from 10 steel balls simultaneously, 3 separate times at speeds of 50 mph
  • Cyclical Test — hurricane windows and doors in Florida must resist wind pressure of up to 200 miles per hour in a pressure simulator that flexes the glass pane for over 4,500 cycles.

When these windows and doors are installed, property owners can have peace of mind knowing that they will provide exceptional safety from most hurricane conditions. Although not all areas of Florida require impact-resistant windows, more homeowners are coming to rely on them as a stress-free way to navigate hurricane season knowing that their home is protected.

Standard Windows Vs. Hurricane Windows in Florida

The key difference between the standard windows and impact-resistant windows are the glass they use. Standard windows are made of float glass which provides a smooth and distortion-free clear view. Unfortunately, float glass is highly breakable.

Impact glass is a laminate glass made of two or more panes of glass bonded together by a plastic membrane that is sandwiched between them. If the glass becomes broken, this membrane keeps the pieces adhered together and intact. Consequently, a break to impact glass will not expose the structure to the water and debris that come with a hurricane occurrence. This laminated glass is further reinforced with heavy frames to hold it all securely in place.

More Information

Florida hurricane doors and windows lend strength and security to your home against our tropical weather systems without losing the clarity and beauty of the window itself. For more information on how impact windows and doors can protect you and your family this hurricane season, contact us at R&B Remodeling to speak with one of our window professionals.

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CASEMENT
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ARE HINGED AT THE SIDE AND OPEN OUTWARD LIKE A DOOR. CASEMENTS ALSO HAVE AN EASY-TO-USE HANDLE. CASEMENT WINDOWS ARE IDEAL IN CASE OF EGRESS CODE IN BEDROOMS. HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM, 5/16 AND 7/16 GLASS.

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SINGLE HUNG
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SINGLE HUNG WINDOW IS THE CLASSIC WINDOW STYLE. THEY FEATURE A BOTTOM SASH THAT SLIDES UP AND DOWN FOR VENTILATION AND SPIRAL BALANCES FOR EASY LIFTING. HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM. CLEAR, TINT OR LOW E GLASS, 5/16 AND 7/16 GLASS.

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SLIDER WINDOWS

IT HAS A BOTTOM TRACK AND A TOP TRACK OF THE WINDOW FRAME TO ALLOW THE RIGHT OR LEFT SASH TO SLIDE HORIZONTALLY FROM ONE SIDE. DEPENDING ON BUILDING REQUIREMENTS AND CLIENT DESIRES, THE PANEL THAT SLIDES CAN VARY. SLIDING WINDOWS CAN ALSO BE PLACED IN COMBINATIONS OF TWO AND THREE PANELS, WHERE ONE OR TWO PANELS MAY OPEN (XOX). HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM, WHITE AND BRONZE FRAME FROM THE STANDARD STOCK, GRAY TINT, BRONZE TINT, CLEAR GLASS AND LOW-E. 5/16 AND 7/16 GLASS.

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FIX WINDOWS

AS THE NAME SAYS IS A FIX WINDOW, IT COMES IN DIFFERENT CONFIGURATIONS, EYEBROWS, ARCH, RECTANGULAR. 7/16 GLASS WITH OR WITHOUT MUNTINS.

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SHAPE WINDOWS

SHAPE WINDOWS ARE THE SAME FIX WINDOWS BUT THEY COME IN DIFFERENT SHAPES AND SIZES. ALUMINUM FRAME WITH 7/16 GLASS WITH OR WITHOUT MUNTINS. THERE ARE ARCHES, TOMBSTONES, CIRCLES, HEXAGONS ANY SHAPE FOR CUSTOM NEEDS.

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BAY OR BOW WINDOWS

BAY AND BOW WINDOWS ARE USUALLY LOCATED IN A NOOK OR A LIVING ROOM IN A HOUSE, IN THIS SPACE THE CUSTOMER CAN CHOOSE WHAT WINDOWS TO MATCH, IN THE BAY WINDOW ARE THREE WINDOWS IN AN ANGLE AND USUALLY A FIX IN THE MIDDLE AND TWO SINGLE HUNG ON THE SIDES. IN THE CASE OF THE BOW WINDOW THERE ARE FOUR OR MORE WINDOWS IN AN ANGLE, USUALLY ALL FIX WINDOWS OR EVEN SINGLE HUNG.

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FRENCH PATIO DOORS

OUT SWING DOORS SINGLE OR DOUBLE, FRENCH DOORS ADD ELEGANCE TO A HOME AND OPENING SPACE. HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM, FULL PERIMETER WEATHER STRIPPING FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY, HOMEOWNERS CAN CHOOSE THEIR LOCKS OR A THREE POINT LOCK SYSTEM. SIDELITES CAN BE ADDED ON BOTH SIDES OR ONE SIDE.

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DOORS

SLIDING PATIO DOOR

SLIDING PATIO DOORS GIVE MANY OPTIONS, THEY LET LIGHT INSIDE THE HOME. HEAVY DUTY ALUMINUM, 7/16 GLASS, HEAVY DUTY WHEELS, AND BIG INTERIOR PULL HANDLES.

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OUR PROCESS

PROCESS STEPS

  1. IN-HOME CONSULTATION
  • Measurements
  • Benefits Explanation
  • Samples
  • Estimate
  • Financing

2. GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND DESIGNER VISIT

  • General Contractor studies the house following building code
  • Exact measurements
  • Sketch
  • Designer will give input of curb appeal windows design

3. PRODUCTION

  • Computer sketch
  • Wind loads
  • City permit
  • Order windows
  • ETA
  • Project management updates
  • HOA process if applicable

4. INSTALLATION

  • Set date
  • Deliver windows
  • Install
  • Quality control
  • Inspection
  • Completion certificate
  • Reviews