Impact window benefits – 2021 Guide from ABEX Windows
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Nestled in the southern part of the United States, Florida has a lot to offer vacationers. A trip here can include family fun in the sun, a variety of beaches and theme parks or a relaxing seat on the beach listening to waves crash against the shore. With its location smack dab in between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, you can also plan trips to visit two of America’s major water parks — Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort.
1. Impact windows only require one-time installation— not to mention, no storm preparation!
When you choose to install impact glass, you have to fully replace your windows; there’s no coating that can go over your current glass to offer the same protection. Plus, impact windows have sturdier framing, so that’ll need to get swapped out.
But once impact windows are installed, there’s nothing else you need to do. Other than occasional cleaning with some soap and water… you install them and forget ‘em!
With hurricane shutters, however, you need to put them up or engage them every time there’s a hurricane. As Floridians, we know that even though we’re warned of a hurricane, it doesn’t always hit us. Putting up and taking down hurricane shutters every time we get a hurricane warning can be a hassle! Plus, shutters require more maintenance, like cleaning and lubricating the tracks and regularly washing. Impact windows provide continuous protection from the moment they’re installed— giving them a clear upkeep advantage.
2. Impact windows improve your home’s energy efficiency.
Utility bills add up fast, especially during the summer in Florida. While there are ways you can improve your traditional window’s energy efficiency, these hacks are rarely as effective as swapping out your standard glass and leaky framing for more highly insulated, tighter-sealed storm windows.
Impact windows are specifically designed to reduce the solar heat gain in the summer and help retain heat in your home on a cool Florida winter evening— like no other window treatment. Their ENERGY STAR-rating is to thank for that helpful attribute, as well as other snazzy energy-friendly features like low-emissivity properties and other customizable solar ratings. Depending on your preference and budget, you can decide how energy-conscious your setup will be and control how much you save on your electric bill.
Curious to see the energy features options available for storm glass? Here are some tips for choosing the more energy-efficient impact windows.
3. Impact glass offers overall increased security and protection.
Not only does impact glass stand up against hurricanes, but properly installed storm windows provide the highest level of protection to your home and it’s interior valuables— year-round.
This added security has everything to do with their construction. Most impact windows consist of several layers of glass or other synthetic materials that make shattering and penetration difficult. This means a burglar could take a crowbar to your windows, but the glass wouldn’t shatter all over the floor and give them an easy way in.