As a Florida resident, you probably know about hurricane impact doors and windows and their resistance to our seasonal storms. But what you may not know is that they can also keep your home more secure. Let’s take a look.
The Anatomy of a Burglary
Every 15 seconds, a home is burglarized. With most burglaries being crimes of opportunity, the average intruder will only spend between 8 to 12 min inside the home. Most stolen items are small enough to pick up and easily remove.
Consequently, windows and doors represent a path of least resistance to most intruders with 23 percent of burglars gaining access through a main floor window and another 22 percent through a back door.
Here in Florida, we have the added disadvantage of having most of our points of entry on an easy-to-reach first floor, often with large sliding glass doors in the back of the home. It takes only a few seconds to break out a regular window or glass door with something as simple as a hammer or a baseball bat. Not so with impact windows and doors.
Why Hurricane Windows in Florida?
Hurricane impact doors and windows have been developed and designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and impact from debris at high speeds. What impact doors and windows do, instead of breaking out into pieces like regular glass, is to keep intact similar to a car’s windshield.
What Makes Florida Hurricane Resistant Windows and Doors Different?
Impact windows are manufactured with layers of glass separated by a strong piece of plastic interlayer. This layer holds the panes of glass together after an impact and prevents the glass from breaking out into pieces. Although an impact window or door in Florida may break given enough force, they will not break through. This prevents a burglar from stepping into the home through an opening.
Hurricane resistant doors and windows in Florida must pass rigorous testing. Performed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), these tests will subject glass to conditions that resemble a category 5 storm. They include a
- Large missile impact test where they must sustain against a projectile at 80 feet per second (50 mph)
- Small missile impact test where they must sustain against 10 small projectiles at 80 feet per second (50 mph)
- Wind pressure test where they must sustain wind pressure up to 200 miles per hour
Burglars Don’t Stand a Chance
Given these levels of testing, the impact from a burglar typically doesn’t stand a chance. Although hurricane-resistant glass is not completely intruder-proof, breaking through it poses a significant amount of effort, usually much more than an opportunistic intruder wants to put forth. Any burglary attempt will typically be abandoned.
Let hurricane windows and doors in your Florida home be an added defense for your home’s security. At R&B Remodeling, we are here to help.For more information on the many attributes of hurricane-resistant doors and windows, contact us to speak with one of our professional representatives.