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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.

Hurricane Protection

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.

Hurricane Ratings

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.

Laminated Glasss

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.

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The team at Paradise kept in touch throughout the process - everything was perfect with the communication. Everything was taken care of during install. They picked up everything and the workers were cordial. I love the way they worked. The inspection went fine. It was definitely was a good choice to install the windows. The house stays cooler and my energy bill has gone down. I also don’t hear as much noise. I’ve sent my friends to Paradise a couple times already, and would recommend them again.
Jessica Torres
Our family had a great experience with Paradise Windows! The sales rep, Tyler was so helpful and got us a great deal. I would recommend this company to anyone looking to add value and safety to your home. The installation was fast and efficient. I love our new windows and doors!! They will essentially pay for themselves with the quality and efficiency and energy conservation.
Judy Russell
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Extremely Knowledgeable sales rep as well as patient. Great product, can't wait for the windows to start saving on energy as well as making the house look great, updated and safe. Let me mention once again on the sales rep Santiago Munera, if not for his cool calm demeanor and running us through everything answering all our questions as well as our quirkiness. if not for him we would be with another contractor. We will definitely call for future projects.
Tony Berrios
I would give Paradise exteriors a 20 out of 10! The crew was amazing and I would love to speak to the owner about how top-notch the whole experience was for me. The installers were on time and courteous. They cleaned up their mess and clean my windows before they left. Afterwards, they did a thorough walk-through with me and showed me how to lock and operate everything properly. Overall everything was excellent! Wow!
Rick LeAndro
This is the most professional company that I’ve ever dealt with. From our first conversation on the phone to the completion of the work. A-1 company. Totally pleased.
Robert Rosenthal
Truly an amazing company to do business with. They have made replacing our windows a breeze. Everyone we came in contact with, either by phone or in person, has been so pleasant. We will definitely recommend them to everyone we know.
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