Impact-resistant windows and doors are specifically designed to resist debris carried by hurricane-force winds. Not only can they protect a residence from the environment, but they can also help improve the security of a home. Since hurricane impact windows are similar to the type of glass used on the windshield of a car, hurricane windows do not shatter like traditional pane windows. Instead, they splinter, causing a considerable amount of effort to break through, offering extra security for your home in the event of an attempted break-in or if flying debris should strike.
Since 2009, we have provided impact doors and hurricane windows specifically for Florida homes. Florida residences face some of the harshest weather conditions in the country, so when it comes to impact-resistant windows and doors, we know finding a dealer you can trust is crucial. That is why we only partner with the industry’s best impact-resistant windows and doors manufacturers, such as CGI, PGT, Kolbe, Marvin, Signature Doors, and WinDoor.
Windoor exceeds quality control standards and offers a beautiful array of innovative options. Similarly, PGT holds the most Miami-Dade certifications in the industry, demonstrating its commitment to the highest possible quality. CGI falls in line with top-quality products and offers a range of flexible options for any budget that help save on initial cost and, in the long run, in energy efficiency. Homeowners can upgrade a wide selection of Kolbe products to meet specific needs, including impact resistance in Zone 4 and High-Velocity Hurricane Zones. Marvin’s coastal windows and doors offer superior protection along with highly customizable designs ideal for any coastal home. Built to withstand harsh conditions, Marvin’s coastal windows and doors are Impact Zone Certified, UV resistant, and complete with durable hardware. Lastly, nature can, at times, be unforgiving. Signature Door offers hurricane-rated construction so that you can rest easy when mother nature comes knocking.
The hurricane impact doors and windows we offer are the most robust and durable on the market, but you may be wondering how we know for sure without testing them on a real storm. The test many manufacturers use on their impact doors and windows is called the cannon impact test. This test includes having a cannon fire wood and other debris at high speeds at their hurricane window and door products. These tests ensure that their claims hold up before selling to a homeowner or business, so you can rest assured knowing that your family will be protected.
Many homes in Florida are vacation homes or rental properties for tourists, so another consideration when purchasing impact windows and doors is that you can have peace of mind against home invaders when you are not present in the home.
The most apparent benefit of impact-resistant doors and windows is, of course, protecting the home from strong wind and storms. However, other unsung benefits that impact doors and windows provide that you may not have considered. For example, home invaders often target residences that have a pattern of being regularly vacant, such as a vacation home or rental property. In addition, an intruder relies on being stealthy and working quickly so that if there is a security system in place, the damage will be done by the time authorities arrive. With impact-resistant windows and doors, this process is significantly slowed down, which can quickly deter these threat actors since it increases their chance of being caught.
Another benefit of hurricane impact windows and doors is that they significantly reduce noise pollution due to the thick, high-quality glass used. If you love your home but live in a loud and busy area of your city, these are an excellent option. The minimization of outside noise contributes to less distraction, more productivity and can be a great selling point for guests if you use your home as a vacation rental.
Home hardening is a highly recommended process to ensure your home is ready at any time for a storm to hit unexpectedly, as well as a process of preparing for an expected storm to take place. One of the best actions you can take to be prepared is having hurricane resistant windows installed from the get-go. Impact-resistant windows and doors are built to last for 20 years or more. So while it may seem like a significant investment initially, you will get your money’s worth when you do not have to purchase plywood and shutters to cover windows or repair massive amounts of damage when storms inevitably arrive.
With over 60 years of industry experience serving the Sarasota, Sarasota County, and Bradenton areas, All Glass & Windows provides residential and commercial impact-resistant windows and doors. Call us at 941-379-9555, visit our showroom, or reach out online to learn more.