Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass
You’ve probably seen the news footage of hurricanes ripping through coastal towns, tearing off roofs, and shattering windows with flying debris. As a homeowner, watching those scenes unfold likely sends a chill down your spine as you imagine the damage that could be done to your own house. But there’s a solution – Hurricane impact resistance glass – specially engineered to withstand impacts from airborne missiles like tree branches during storms. This glass is practically unbreakable and can save homes from costly damage.
At Hawkeye Windows, we take pride in providing top-quality hurricane impact resistance glass all over the United States. Our team of dedicated professionals possesses extensive knowledge and expertise in the field, allowing us to deliver the highest level of hurricane protection for both residential and commercial properties.
How Hurricane Impact Glass Work
When it comes to protecting your home from hurricanes, impact resistant glass is your new best friend. This super-strong glass is specially designed to withstand the high winds and debris impacts that come with major storms.
Hurricane impact resistant glass is made of special laminated glass and a second lite of tempered glass for thermal insulated units. This combination of impact resistant glass is much stronger than regular window glass. Impact resistant laminated glass has an inner layer of a special formulated vinyl sandwiched between two panes of glass. This vinyl holds the glass together even when shattered, preventing dangerous shards from flying into your home.
During a hurricane, impact-resistant glass is your first line of defence against the elements. They help ensure that your home remains intact, your family stays safe, and damage is minimized. While regular glass may break under the pressure of hurricane-force winds, hurricane impact resistant glass stands strong – they’re the superheroes of the glass world!
Benefits of Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass
Hurricane impact resistant glass, also known as hurricane-proof or storm-proof glass, offers several benefits in areas prone to hurricanes and severe weather conditions.
Protection against flying debris
One of the primary benefits of hurricane impact resistant glass is its ability to withstand the impact of flying debris during a storm. It is designed to resist high winds and the impact of objects propelled by those winds, such as branches, rocks, or other debris. This helps to prevent damage to the windows and reduces the risk of injury to occupants.
Enhanced safety and security
These glasses not only protect against storms but also acts as a deterrent against forced entry. The laminated glass construction consists of two or more layers of glass bonded together with a durable interlayer, typically made of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). This construction makes it more difficult for intruders to break through the glass, providing added security to homes and buildings.
Reduced risk of shattered glass
Unlike regular glass, which can shatter into dangerous shards upon impact, hurricane impact resistant glass is designed to remain intact even when broken. The interlayer holds the glass fragments together, preventing them from dispersing and reducing the risk of injury from flying glass shards.
Impact resistant glass often incorporates a protective layer that blocks harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This helps to reduce the fading of furniture, carpets, and other interior materials caused by prolonged exposure to sunlight. It also provides added protection for occupants against the harmful effects of UV radiation.
The multiple layers of glass and interlayer in hurricane impact resistant glass can help to reduce outdoor noise infiltration, creating a quieter indoor environment. This is especially beneficial for properties located near busy streets, airports, or other noisy areas.
Some types of hurricane impact resistant glass also offer energy efficient features. They can provide better insulation, reducing heat transfer through the windows and helping to maintain a more stable indoor temperature. This can lead to lower energy consumption for heating and cooling, resulting in potential cost savings over time.
Increased property value
Installing hurricane impact resistant glass can potentially increase the value of your property. This is due to the added benefits it offers, including enhanced safety, security, and energy efficiency features. These qualities are highly sought after by potential buyers, making your property more appealing in the real estate market.
What You Need to Know Before Installing Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass
The initial cost of hurricane resistant glass can be higher than regular glass, but the investment will pay off in the long run. Impact-resistant glass typically ranges from $45 to $66 per square foot installed, compared to $25 to $35 per square foot for standard glass windows. However, this glass can lower your homeowner’s insurance premiums by up to 30-50% because of the reduced risk of damage. They also increase your home’s resale value and curb appeal.
Installing hurricane impact resistant glass requires a professional to ensure they are securely installed to withstand high winds. The installation process usually takes 1-3 days for an average-sized home. Existing glass is removed, and the new impact-resistant glass are installed and sealed to create an airtight barrier. Proper installation is key to their performance, so be sure to hire a licensed and certified contractor.
You do not have to sacrifice aesthetics for performance. They come in a range of styles – single-hung, double-hung, casement, awning, and sliding. Frames are available in vinyl, aluminum, wood, and composite in a variety of colors to match your home’s architecture. You have options for tinted or low-emissivity glass for additional energy efficiency and glare control.
While regular glass won’t stand a chance against powerful winds and debris, impact resistant glass is engineered to withstand nature’s wrath. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, investing in this super-strong glass is a no-brainer. You’ll have peace of mind knowing your home is well-protected during the storm and you’ll avoid costly damage and repairs.
And the good news is, the Hawkeye Windows team will guide you through the selection process, ensuring that the glass you choose for your home meets the specific requirements and standards for your hurricane-prone area.
Contact us today and schedule a free consultation for more details about our Hurricane impact resistant glass.
Our team will guide you through the selection process, ensuring that the glass meets the specific requirements and standards for hurricane-prone areas.