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How Impact Windows and Doors in Florida Spell Bad News for Burglars

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.

Rigorous Testing

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.

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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 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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WINDOWS

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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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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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