Frequently Asked Questions
Hurricane Impact windows are windows that have been engineered, tested, and manufactured to withstand a hurricane. Our windows are tested to with stand winds from to 210 to 290 miles per hour and flying debris damaged caused by hurricanes wind.
Energy-efficient windows have a number of traits in common with one another. They are manufactured using quality frame materials that insulate well and prevent heat transfer. The most energy-efficient replacement windows are those with argon or krypton between panes, gases which insulate better than air. They have low-e coated glass to reflect infrared light and keep the cool in and the heat out of the house.. Energy-efficient replacement windows have warm edge spacers to keep panes the correct distance apart. These spacers also insulate pane edges and reduce heat transfer and always make sure that the window provides a foam spacer between the panes of glass.
Impact windows’s and doors’ main design characteristics are the shatter-resistant glass securely fastened to a heavy frame. The impact-resistant glazing consists of two layers of annealed or tempered glass bonded to an intermediate layer of a shatter-proof membrane. This membrane is typically made of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB), a plastic film which varies from .015 to .090 inches in thickness, depending on the design pressures needed. If the outer glass breaks, the shattered pieces will adhere to the PVB film. In contrast, standard-glass windows are made of standard float glass that, when broken, will fracture in large sharp shards. Given these characteristics, it is very difficult for any intruder to break into a house through an opening with impact-resistant glass.
If all of the house openings are protected with impact-resistant windows or doors, policyholders can obtain up to 45% premium discounts. In order to apply for the discount, homeowners need to call a home inspection company so they can perform a wind certification inspection. Check with your insurance carrier to obtain more information on the process.
Impact-resistant windows and doors help reduce outdoor noise scientifically. Homeowner testimonials confirm that impact-resistant glass is a great contributor to bringing peace and quiet environments inside the house or property. For people who live near busy intersections, highways or heavy traffic, installing windows and doors have proven to be an effective noise attenuation solution.
Impact-resistant windows and doors provide 99% blockage of ultraviolet (U-V) light, protecting valuable interiors, including your favorite photographs, loveseat, Persian rug and even flooring, from fading or discoloring after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. This characteristic is particular important Florida residents who enjoy the direct sunshine all-year round.
Choosing a window contractor can be difficult if you are not familiar with the business. Consumers need to know the right questions to ask in order to correctly differentiate one company to the other. You will be surprised of how many times homeowners make the wrong choice simply because they did not ask the right questions. Below, you can find a number of important questions to ask window contractors when you are bidding your replacement window project:
- Who are the employees/technician who will be installing the windows and doors?
- Are the technicians certified by the window manufacturer? Can they provide proof of it?
- How many years of installation (labor) warranty is the company offering?
- What is the warranty of the product being offered?
- How many customer references has the company provided to you?
- How many of the customers references have you called to verify window company performance in previous jobs?
- For how much is the window company?s general liability coverage?
- For how much is the window company workers compensation coverage?
- Who is the window company’s license qualifier?
- Is the person the owner of the company?
- Has company provided copies of the qualifier’s license?