When choosing windows to install or replace in your home, the choices can be overwhelming. It can be tempting to choose the standard, less expensive option, but if you live in South Florida, investing in heavy-dusty hurricane impact windows and doors is nearly always the better way to go. In many parts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, they are required by the building code. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions we receive when homeowners are deciding whether to install impact windows.
How Strong Are Hurricane Impact Windows?
Hurricane-resistant or impact windows are made with tinted, heat-strengthened glass treated to resist shattering. The glass is tested against small and large projectile objects and held in place with heavy-duty aluminum frames, sealed with silicone to keep out the rain. At Ocean Impact, our hurricane glass windows have been tested to withstand winds of up to 175 mph and are missile-tested for projectiles.
How Do Hurricane-resistant Windows Protect The Home During a Storm?
While most people think that impact windows prevent damage by keeping water out of the home during a hurricane, the truth is that wind is far more catastrophic. Once winds enter the home through a compromised window, the sudden pressure change can blow off roofs and cause walls to collapse. Keeping windows and doors intact can save the home from total destruction. Plus, there is no preparation needed once the windows are installed. Instead of leaving work early to board your windows or put on your hurricane shutters, impact windows offer year-round protection with no extra preparation.
How Much Do Hurricane Impact Windows Cost?
The average cost for window replacement with hurricane impact windows depends on several factors, including window size and the number of windows and materials used. Impact windows do cost more than traditional windows, but they very well may pay for themselves by preventing extensive and expensive damage to your home. They are also more efficient, saving on energy costs, and can help significantly increase the value of your home and reduce your homeowners’ insurance costs.
For many areas, there are also tax benefits available. On average, a good hurricane window will cost somewhere between $40 and $55 per square foot of glass and will last for approximately 25 years, although we recommend scheduling an inspection after 20 years. At Ocean Impact, we offer a variety of options, so a free in-home consultation is extremely valuable to help determine the cost for your custom installation.
Other factors that affect the cost of installing impact windows:
- Type of window (casement, fixed window, single hung)
- Location of window opening
- Window sill material
- Stucco patching or painting
If you are considering impact windows or doors, consider the following advantages:
- Survive winds of up to 175 mph (strong category 5 hurricane)
- Insulate against sound and UV light
- Won’t shatter if they do break, preventing flying shards of glass
- Wide availability of styles and sizes
- Heavy-duty windows and locks help deter burglars.
- Increase value, decrease insurance costs
Clearly, impact windows are more than a seasonal product. They can make life easier and your home safer, and the abundance of long-term benefits are well worth the initial investment. Hurricane preparedness is a way of life in South Florida. If you’re thinking of upgrading to impact glass, contact us today for a free estimate.