Can Impact Windows Break?

The No. 1 question home and business owners in South Florida ask is “Will impact windows break?” The answer to that question will depend largely on an individual’s definition of the term “break.” There is currently no technology available to make glass absolutely break-proof.

Impact window glass utilizes a unique construction technique and is designed to resist impacts from hurricane debris. Traditional window glass will shatter and fall to the ground in a million pieces from a single, sharp blow delivered with enough force. It takes much more power to affect an impact window. It will spider, splinter or fracture, but the glass won’t break through.

Impact window glass is Miami-Dade certified and very similar to automotive glass in its design. The glass is comprised of two layers with a tough and flexible vinyl inner layer that holds the glass together, even if it’s been fractured by a sufficiently forceful blow, that inner layer prevents the glass from falling apart.

Numerous studies and extensive research have been conducted by insurance companies on the biggest sources of damage for claims that had to be paid out following Hurricane Katrina. An article published in Vol. 11, Issue 1 of The Journal of Architectural Engineering showed that most structural damage was due to breaches of windows and doors. Those findings demonstrated the benefits and advantages of impact-resistant windows for home and business owners.

In addition to the protection against hurricane winds and wind-blown debris that impact Windows provide, there are other advantages. The construction that makes the glass impact resistant is also energy saving technology. The windows provide savings on energy bills and many insurance companies offer discounts on premiums for installing them.

Impact windows are a deterrent to thieves, provide excellent insulation against noise, and aids in preventing sounds inside from escaping outdoors. They’re constructed with eco-friendly materials that are also able to withstand corrosion from saltwater. They reduce the amount of UV light that enters a structure and enhances the value of any home or business.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

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How Impact Windows Work

People living in Florida face challenges from weather that other parts of the nation will never encounter. The high winds of hurricanes can turn any type of debris into a destructive missile. Installing impact windows is a proactive measure that will minimize damage and can save money on insurance costs.

Window construction

There’s no fancy technology or magic involved in the creation of impact windows. Their effectiveness is derived from specialized construction to protect homes and businesses. Storms generate differences in air pressure. When a hurricane arrives, the barometric pressure rises outdoors and it can be as damaging as flooding and high winds.

People automatically close their windows when a storm is approaching. Closed windows don’t allow the pressure inside homes and businesses to rise equally. The stronger the storm system, the higher the outdoor pressure will be. When debris hits an ordinary window with an impact strong enough to break it, the window breaks into multiple pieces. The immediate influx of high-pressure air from outdoors rushes into a structure with explosive force, wreaking havoc with everything within.

Strength

The strength of window casings is also a factor. Even if a window doesn’t break, weak casings can collapse to allow the high-pressure air to enter. The damaging effects are the same. Even if it doesn’t give way to wind, a weak window casing can allow stormwater to enter via strong winds.

Impact windows work in much the same way as automotive glass in a crash. The specialized construction of impact windows enables the glass to withstand impacts without breaking and falling out. There are two types of impact-resistant windows. One utilizes a clear film that’s placed on both sides of the window.

The second type employs two panes of glass pressed tightly together with a layer of PVB – a rubber-like substance – placed between them. In both types of shatter-resistant glass, the film or PVB holds the pieces of the window glass together, even if it breaks. The good news is that no one has to sacrifice beauty for functionality with impact windows. There’s an attractive style for every need.

As Palm Beach County’s Premier Impact Window and Door Supplier, we’ve been providing Commercial and Residential impact windows and doors to South Florida’s business owners and residents for years.  Our impact windows and doors are designed and tested to meet the most stringent of building codes (coastal). Our impact windows and doors come in multiple styles and design flexibility options while continually maintaining your home’s structural integrity. That’s the MPACT Windows and Doors Difference!
 

Hurricane Protection, Beauty, and Integrity…

Call Us Today For a Free Estimate 561-909-8055