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Hurricane Shutters or Impact Windows in Florida? The Advantages and Pitfalls

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.

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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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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 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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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