Top Five Benefits of Impact Windows

Impact windows are a top choice for homes in coastal areas. If your home is situated in such an area, then it might be a good idea to consider replacing your old windows with hurricane impact windows. After all, you never know when the next big hurricane will hit, so you best be prepared ahead of time to prevent possible damage to your property, or putting the lives of your family at risk.

What is an Impact Window?

Also called a storm-proof window, an impact window has a special layer placed between two slabs of window glass to make it impact-resistant. It is mostly used on homes where the possibility of shattered glass falling due to hurricanes and other extreme weather situations is high. The frame is also made of heavy duty materials, usually fully welded aluminum frame and sash.

There are four key impact-resistant glass types:

         Polyvinyl Butaryl (PVB) � This is the most commonly used product in the market.
         PVB with Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) � This is a very strong material but is more difficult to process.
         Sentry Glass � Used in commercial or more specialized areas.
         Resin Laminates � An affordable option that is also easy to manufacture.

The Benefits of Getting An Impact Window

         Resistant to Hurricane Impact � A standard impact window can withstand hurricane winds of up to 200 miles per hour. Designed to be strong enough to prevent the window glass from breaking into pieces or getting pierced, impact resistant windows are rigorously tested to withstand up to Category 5 storms.

         Safety � Since window glass is prevented from shattering into tiny fragments, you get to keep yourself and your loved ones from harm.
         Added Home Security �The strength of an impact window also gives your home additional  reinforcement for greater security.

 Energy Efficiency � The Energy Conservation Code requires manufacturers to create impact resistant windows that have a U-Factor of 0.75 and below, with a rating of 0.30 or less for Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This means more heat can be retained during winter, and more cool air  gets to stay inside during summer. Energy efficiency also gives you savings on your heating and cooling bills.

� UV Protection � Effectively blocks up to 99 percent of harmful ultraviolet rays, protecting you and your family from radiation, while keeping the the colors of your sofa and curtain fabrics vibrant.

 Noise Reduction � The damping effect of an impact resistant window can insulate more effectively; preventing disruptive, external noise from entering your home. This is ideal for homes along busy streets or in close proximity to train lines or airports.

� Variety of Tint, Style, and Size Options - There is a wide selection of impact resistant window products available for homeowners, so you can be assured there is a window for every need.

If you are thinking of getting impact windows, consult with a professional window contractor first. Make sure to do some research of your own as well, checking out quality construction and warranties to guarantee your money�s worth.
Author Bio:
Nick Little is Executive Vice President of EcoView Windows & Doors, and has more than 20 years of experience in the replacement window and door industry. He has seen the industry�s progress and growth over the years -- from plain wood windows to the exceptionally energy efficient vinyl replacement windows EcoView installs today. He writes during his free time, sharing his knowledge of replacement windows and doors with a wider audience. Check out his posts in the company blog.

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