What Types of Impact Windows Offer the Best Protection for Your Home?
Impact-resistant windows, also known as hurricane windows, are defined largely by the special features and construction techniques that bolster their strength and make them less likely to break under high-speed wind pressure or the force of wind-propelled debris. These special features can be incorporated into just about any type of replacement window, no matter the window style or frame material.
This is probably welcome news if you’re shopping for impact windows. It means that you can get superior protection against hurricane damage and forced entry without compromising your preferences for looks and functionality. For example, if you’d like to have double-hung windows with sashes that tilt in for easy cleaning, you can get impact windows in that style with the same features as ordinary double-hung windows. But your double-hung impact windows will be fortified with impact-resistant glass and reinforced frames to significantly enhance their strength.
Therefore, if you’re making the smart choice to replace your windows with impact-resistant ones, you’ll be able to select the best type of windows to flatter your home, whether that’s casement, sliding, bay or bow, or specialty shape windows.
What Type of Window Frame Material Makes the Best Impact Window?
Impact windows that are crafted with extra-thick, metal-reinforced uPVC vinyl frames offer the best combination of beauty, strength, and energy efficiency while also requiring far less upkeep than many other types of window materials. Impact windows made with wood or fiberglass frames are hard to find on the market, and they are likely to cost much more than high-quality uPVC vinyl windows that offer the same benefits.
In fact, when you’re evaluating the types of impact windows, there are more important considerations than either the window style or frame material. Your new impact windows should have specially engineered laminated glass, and the manufacturer should provide evidence that its windows have been tested and certified as meeting Florida’s tough hurricane protection standards.
NewSouth Window Solutions takes pride in outfitting homes with top-caliber impact windows that have been tested by independent experts. Our hurricane windows are available in a wide variety of styles, and we’ll be delighted to provide you with details about how they’re built and the many benefits they provide. Contact us today for more information.