Hurricane windows (sometimes called high impact windows) could keep your home from turning into a lagoon. There are many options on the market for people interested in the extra safety and peace of mind that comes from having impact resistant windows that will not cave to the elements.
But how to know which are the best? We’ve compiled a list of five things you should take into consideration when making your purchasing decision.
- Quality hurricane windows can withstand storm winds of up to 200 miles per hour, and Category 5 wind conditions. They also provide excellent sound dampening.
- Hurricane windows come in three forms: aluminum, vinyl and wood. Vinyl is more durable and low-maintenance than the other two types, but also proportionately more expensive. Aluminum has the added element of drawing heat into the building, although this can be alleviated through the use of thermal breaks to provide insulation.
- Hurricane windows are better at preserving safety than hurricane shutters, which used to be the more popular option. Hurricane shutters also require installation and de-installation every time a hurricane is coming, and corrode significantly faster than hurricane windows. They also block out the view of the storm, and who wants to miss that? Hurricane windows are definitely the way to go.
- Hurricane impact windows will significantly add to the resale value to your home, as well as reductions in premiums from your insurance agency, which will lead to the windows ultimately paying for themselves.
- Finally, hurricane windows are great at saving energy; one might prevent as much as 30% of one’s energy loss in the home by upgrading to newer, hurricane-resistant windows and doors.
For those looking for safety, energy conservation and financial rewards, look no further than hurricane windows. If you don’t have them already, talk to a window company and see what option will work best for you.