When they named Florida the Sunshine State, they should have included “hurricane” in parenthesis. Unfortunately, it’s an inconvenient truth and caveat to year-round sunshine – but, although there’s little we can do to stop the actual storm, every homeowner can take certain steps to brace it with confidence. One of the top results for hurricane resistance you’ll easily find is the tried and true impact window. But, does it really protect your household more than its counterparts, like shutters or wooden boards?
It’s only natural you should want the maximum return investment on your purchase, but rest assured, impact windows are the best line of defense out there. Here’s a little background about just what goes into manufacturing them.
In a nutshell, impact windows consist of at least two layers of glass laminated together with a single interlayer, or membrane. This allows the windows to act as a sturdy barrier to flying debris, high winds, and dangerous fluctuations in atmospheric pressure. According to various field tests, they can withstand gales up to 200 miles per hour – and not just that, the laminated insulating glass is specifically designed to stay intact from the repeated impact of a nine-pound 2’ x 4’ beam traveling 34mph.
The windows are installed within strong, aluminum frames for extra support and a layer of film on each side of the glass pane. This two-layer safeguard maintains the overall integrity of the window, should one layer incur any damage. So, if one side breaks or shatters, the interlayer is still compact. For added reassurance, manufacturers reduce heat transfer by filling the space between the second and third layers with gas. Also, inner membrane windows consist of a polyvinyl butyl adhesive, or PVB for short, preventing scattering or splintering.
Impact windows follow stringent code requirements to make sure everything holds in place well after installation. All in all, they are well worth the investment and far outperform other forms of protection.
Contact M&A Windows today to discuss all your window concerns. With over 10 years serving South Florida with quality products and installation, we can provide you with the best options for your project. You can either use our contact form or call (954) 534-9119.