Here in the Sunshine State, we dread the start of hurricane season each year. Florida has experienced several strong storms recently. Just in the last few years, both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael brought chaos and damage to Floridians on both coasts. Images from across Florida and the United States flooded the news, and if a storm doesn’t impact South Florida directly, we are left wondering when the next one will blow ashore. It is important to consider how we can better protect our homes, businesses, and families.
Hurricane windows are constructed from layer upon layer of glass. These layers are then bonded tightly to an inner plastic layer for strength and extra stability. Last, these impact window panes are sealed into place with some flexibility to allow for movement should wind or debris cause the windows to bend slightly.
These layered impact window panes can withstand moderate to high wind speeds, including dreaded microbursts and flying debris in most cases. The added protection of the impact windows and the flexible placement mean that hurricane windows can withstand the big gusts that both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Michael brought.
To give you additional peace of mind, impact window manufacturers are legally required to test their products against harsh conditions with large missile 2 x 4’ impact tests involving wooden beams traveling at over 30 MPH.
Once the panes pass the first test, they are subjected to additional tests. One test involves installation and then subjecting the hurricane windows to constant, cyclic wind loads. If the impact glass shatters or if the hurricane windows slide or pop out of their frames, the product cannot be sold. Your hurricane windows have passed these stringent tests, so you can rest assured that your investment is sound.
Wind pressure is something that consumers must pay attention to prior to a storm. While many Floridians rely on metal shutters, they are difficult to install and take down, and they do not need to adhere to the same regulations as impact windows and hurricane windows. Wind pressure can build quickly as a hurricane rages outside, and while a metal shutter will guard a window against debris, it will not protect the window from the pressure changes that occur. Only strong, reinforced hurricane windows will add an extra layer of security between you and the elements.
You have options when it comes to protecting the ones you love, your home, business, and other assets. Hurricane windows are the best and most efficient way to do so, and we are here to help you. M&A Windows is your ultimate resource for the best hurricane and storm protection. With over 10 years of experience, a dedicated team of professionals, and the most innovative and top quality products, we are ready to serve South Florida. Before the chaos of hurricane season is upon us, fill out our contact form, or give us a call at (954) 534-9119.