If you live in South Florida, you’ve probably heard of hurricane impact doors and windows. These provide protection in our hurricanes and windstorms without the need for added shutters and hurricane panels. And yet, they look just like regular glass. So how do these hurricane windows work and what makes them so strong?
Florida Understands Protection When it Comes to a Hurricane Event
Here in Florida, we know almost better than anyone what it takes to keep your home safe during a dangerous windstorm. Like other areas of the country, we are vulnerable to these storms and well-versed in the drill when we see that a hurricane or tropical storm has been named and is headed toward us.
The Evolution of Hurricane Protection
Over the years, we have gone from plywood panels to metal panels to accordion and roll down shutters to our current protection in the way of the hurricane-resistant window. As hurricane protection has evolved over the years, we’ve discovered that older technology can offer new solutions.
From Cars to Homes
Impact-resistant glass is a type of laminated glass that was first designed for car windshields to make them shatter-resistant. But creative minds took it another step to design windows for homes and commercial buildings that would do the same thing that a windshield will do for a car.
Types of Impact-Resistant Glass
With major building code adjustments in Florida, new construction requires impact-resistant glass for all windows and doors. These have substantially reduced the damage from windstorms and hurricanes.
The first impact-resistant glass uses a shatter-resistant film on both sides of the glass to hold it together so it doesn’t break upon impact.
The second more popular choice uses an interior membrane inside two panes of glass. These are held together with heavy aluminum or stainless steel frames to further protect against damage in a dangerous windstorm.
The interior membrane of this window is made from a substance called PVB (polyvinyl butyral). This is a clear substance that not only keeps the panes of glass intact upon impact, keeping it from splintering and scattering, but it acts as a strong adhesive to keep the functional integrity of the window intact during the high pressure, wind velocity, and rain of a hurricane event. These windows can withstand winds up to 200 mph.
A hurricane is one of those major hazards that we deal with in South Florida and we understand the damage they can cause to our properties and even our lives. One broken window is able to break the barrier of interior and exterior pressure that happens during a hurricane. This can leave your home exposed to internal damage as well as structural damage. Impact-resistant doors and windows ensure that interior and exterior pressures are maintained and your home is safeguarded from the elements.
If you are considering having impact resistant doors and windows installed or have other questions about 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.