The Complete Guide to Impact Window Installation
Are you a new or longtime Florida homeowner looking to improve their home’s hurricane protection? If so, you may share our opinion that impact-resistant glass is the best way to secure your windows and doors from the forces of an intense storm.
Today, we are going to provide a complete overview of what you need to know about impact window installation. We hope that this will increase your confidence in your decision to invest in hurricane-resistant glass.
Why Impact Windows Are the Best Hurricane Protection Option
Traditional window protection solutions like hurricane panels are placed over a window, which require laborious setup, teardown, and storage. Plus hurricane panels provide no security against break-ins after the storm when the power may be out and phone lines down.
Cheaper options like window film covers and plywood board do not provide sufficient protection from intense storms. Neither is approved for hurricane protection. They are the most likely to lose a battle against strong winds and flying debris. That’s why there are no insurance discounts for using either of those.
Instead, hurricane impact windows are the most complete protection option for your home. Here are just a few reasons why:
- Permanently installed – no setup or teardown required
- Conform to the shape of your existing window openings
- Designed and rigorously tested to withstand high wind pressure and windborne debris
- Can increase your home’s resale value by improving curb-appeal and offering the most desirable storm protection option on the market
- Energy Star rated and highly energy efficient to help lower your electric bills
- Provides additional security against break-ins
The Impact Window Installation Process
The impact window installation process is simple and straightforward. The first step is starting with a quote.
Estimate and Consultation
An impact window installation specialist will arrive at your home at a scheduled date and time to provide an exact quote based on sizes, the scope of the project and various options.. They will give you a projected cost based on factors like electric and insurance savings, combined with various payment options.
If you decide to replace your traditional windows with impact glass windows, it is recommended that you do this for all of your home’s windows at the same time. A popular myth is that, during a hurricane, you only need to secure windows that are facing a body of water. In reality, powerful winds and large debris can strike a building from any angle. In the midst of a storm, your home is only as protected as its most shatter-prone window.
A variety of Payment Plans are available for homeowners who prefer to invest in their home improvement through structured monthly installments while enjoying your new windows as soon as possible. Some plans may require little to no money down.
Before your project begins your windows will be remeasured more accurately to ensure that the new impact glass windows meets the dimensions of your existing window openings. This improves strength and helps prevent leaks and drafts around the outside of the window frame.
HOA Approval (if Needed)
If you live in a community governed by a homeowners association (HOA), you may need their approval to install new windows at your property. At Paradise Exteriors, our dedicated HOA specialist will work with the governing body in your community to secure their approval and expedite the process.
Your new windows will improve the aesthetics of your home while complying with HOA appearance standards.
Building Department Permitting
We will submit your permit application and work to obtain the proper authorization for the installation on your behalf so that everything is compliant with regulations.
Installation dates are typically booked one week in advance to provide you with the time needed to be on-site during the installation. The timeframe for these projects can vary based on the number of windows on your property.
Once installed, impact windows are inspected by your local building inspector. Our technician also attends our customers’ inspections to make sure that all questions are answered and any additional information can be provided as needed.
Once you are satisfied with your installation and the building inspector has approved the finished project, we will provide you with all necessary documentation and warranty information. Now, you can relax and enjoy superior hurricane protection for years to come!
Future Service (if Needed)
If you require future replacements for your impact windows, you can always reach out again to inquire about warranty information. Most warranties will cover the cost of a replacement as long as it meets the parameters.
Get Impact Windows Installed at Your Florida Property
At Paradise Exteriors, we pride ourselves on prompt, courteous service in addition to offering a wide range of warranties to our customers. If you are looking to upgrade your hurricane window protection for your Florida residence, contact us anytime for a free estimate.