09 Aug Impact Windows
Impact windows or hurricane windows have become much popular in the past 27 years. It was due to the strongest hurricane in South Florida that hit this state in 1992. This hurricane caused a lot of damage to the lands and property. Soon after this hurricane, the Florida residents felt the need for stronger windows that can resist high winds and hurricanes. Research studies have revealed that a stronger exterior of windows and doors can help keep high winds outside the property. So, you can remain protected from damages and injuries, even if a strong hurricane hits your property.
Since the past 27 years, the windows industry has made great progress in manufacturing impact-resistant windows. With the passage of time, many improvements have been made in the design of impact windows to make them more sturdy. All this has been made possible due to the advancement in technology. The windows industry has been using laminated glass for windows to protect properties as well as the people living inside them. Laminated glass is quite different from an ordinary glass as it holds together whenever wind hits it.
The modern-day impact windows include two layers of laminated glass along with a middle layer of either ethylene-vinyl acetate or polyvinyl butyral.
This middle layer helps prevent breakage during the hurricane season. Plus, its high strength also keeps the glass layers bonded and prevents their breakage into big sharp pieces. During the event of the strongest hurricane, the middle layer produces a ‘spider web’ cracking pattern instead of completely piercing the glass. The windows industry is continuously striving to decrease the breakage of glass as well as to keep the windows intact without damaging the property.
Depending on the size of panels, design pressures, and location, the middle layer used in the impact windows can be of different types or thicknesses. For instance, a 0.060 inches polyvinyl butyral inner layer is a commonly used thickness for Level-C glazed locations. On the other hand, a 0.09 inches more structural and stiffer inner layer provides better resistance against high-impact winds for Level D areas that are often hit by high-pressure winds. Other properties and strength of laminated glass can be modified as per specific needs. So, it would not be wrong to say that your geographical location counts a lot when choosing impact windows for your home.
Since the 1992 hurricane disaster, the local municipality has set building codes in South Florida. These building codes are mandatory for all types of properties, including home or office. The Florida Government has also played a crucial role in protecting its residents against hurricanes by ensuring the implementation of building codes.
Besides protection against winds and hurricanes, impact windows also increase safety, intrusion resistance, and noise reduction. So, you can keep your property and family protected against break-ins and strong hurricanes by installing impact windows. You can get high-quality impact windows from Coast to Coast Impact Windows and Shutters, which is the No.1 supplier in South Florida.