Choosing Hurricane Windows for Your Home
Living in Florida has its perks. Between the year-long warm weather, the bright sunshine, and the cool ocean breezes, it can feel like paradise. Yet as any homeowner in Florida knows, the cool ocean breezes can turn to hurricane force winds during a storm, sending debris flying at over 100 mph directly at your home.
South Florida hurricane windows are a smart investment before any hurricane season, as they give your home better protection against the wind and debris. Yet their value goes beyond the shelter against severe weather, providing protection against break-ins and offering enhanced energy and homeowner savings. When deciding which windows to purchase, you will want to consider its primary benefits, ratings, and materials.
Hurricanes are one of the biggest dangers homes face in South Florida. According to FEMA reports, non-impact windows and doors frequently are the first structures to fail, and once the winds get inside, a house can be torn apart by the changes in pressure very quickly. Even if the home survives, water damage is more extensive where the windows have been damaged.
Our impact windows are certified by Florida and Miami-Dade County to offer the protection your home needs when a storm strikes, as well as a Manufacturer’s Lifetime Warranty.
What that means for you and your home is very simple. When a hurricane watch is issued, you will not need to run out and buy plywood, or put up the shutters and keep your house in darkness until the storm ends. Your windows will be designed to hold up against the wind-blown debris and gusts of wind so that your family home has the best chance possible to withstand the hurricane.
Miami-Dade County is currently the gold standard of hurricane window tests. According to government hurricane data, all of Florida should prepare for wind speeds of over 110mph. Windows less than 30 feet from the ground need to be safe from small missiles traveling at 50mph, and windows higher need to be protected against both large and small missiles. Hurricane windows with the Miami-Dade seal of approval can pass those tests, and offer continuous protection for your home.
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The final thing Paradise Exteriors ensures is carefully consider would be materials. Each type of frame has its benefits and drawbacks, and the glass itself can be either insulated or non-insulated with a hermetically sealed layer.
Wood frames are highly recyclable, insulate well, and have excellent energy ratings. However, they need to be kept well-maintained to prevent rotting in humid, wet climates.
Aluminum storm windows are medium-maintenance. They need to be painted and touched up occasionally, but otherwise are going to last a very long time with no risk of warping or rot. They are strong and lightweight with excellent weather resistance.
Vinyl windows are a popular option because they are affordable, low maintenance, and will not need to be painted. For storms, they are both insulated and weather-resistant.
These are usually used in warmer weather climates such as Florida. They are simply two sheets of glass with a plastic film between them to prevent the glass from breaking completely and the window giving way. There is also an insulated version which is more common in cold climates.
Choosing Your Windows
We over 20 years of experience at Paradise Exteriors and we know what it takes to keep a Florida home’s windows safe and secure. To see how we can protect your home and your family, give us a call and we can come out for a free estimate, or schedule an appointment with our showroom.