5 Tips for Hiring the Right Window Contractor

Hiring the right contractor for any job is important. However, it’s critical when engaging the services of an impact window installer. Costs can vary wildly and expensive doesn’t automatically mean better. A poorly performed installation can negate the purposes for which the windows were installed. The following are five tips for choosing the right window contractor in South Florida.

License & Insurance

The contractor of choice should have any pertinent licenses and be fully insured. Most professionals will display their license number on their business card and if they don’t, ask for it. They must be licensed in the locale in which the work will be performed and their license must be current. Licensing ensures that the contractor has passed written exams and works to industry standards.

References

While many business owners no longer keep hard copies of references in the digital age, clients aren’t shy about leaving reviews and recommendations online. Take the time to read reviews and contact individuals that have left both negative and positive experiences.

Contracts & Estimates

A reputable contractor will have no problem making a visit to the property where the work will be performed and provide a written estimate of what the entire job will cost. It should clearly state what will be done, how long it will take, the materials and products that will be used, and the full cost, labor included.

Make sure cleanup and disposal services are included in the contract, along with any warranty information. The contract should include the contractor’s name, address, phone number, and professional license number. Never pay for a job in full before it’s completed, don’t pay in cash, and always get a receipt.

Permits

There will be permits that are required before any work can commence and the regulations can vary depending upon the municipality. The selected contractor should be cognizant of the permits needed and obtain them prior to work beginning.

Better Business Bureau

Scam artists and the unscrupulous are using creative new ways to take advantage of the unwary. Even if the contractor has a strong online presence, good reviews, and boasts years of experience, a quick check with the Better Business Bureau can be extremely helpful in weeding out those that lack experience or are less than honest about their abilities and qualifications.

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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7 Ways to Prepare your Home for Hurricane Season

Hurricanes present a significant risk for Florida residents. When one of the powerful storms is coming your way, it’s imperative that you take appropriate precautions to mitigate the potential for damage as much as possible. You’ll also need to prepare in the event that you must evacuate or shelter in place.

Planning

Create a plan for every contingency to provide you with a check list of actions to take. Decide on a meeting place for every family member and ensure that everyone has pertinent numbers in their phone. If you have pets, don’t forget to plan for their evacuation if you must leave your home – they’re family, too.

Preserving Valuables

Have a copy of relevant documents and/or photos of artwork, weapons, collections and other valuables in a waterproof container if you must evacuate. Documents can be scanned and placed on a USB flash drive for convenience.

Power Play

Fill your vehicle’s gas tank, charge your phone, and unplug appliances. Test generators to ensure its working and you have fuel. Move vehicles to higher ground or park them in a garage. Never park vehicles under powerlines, trees or in low-lying areas.

Secure the Property

Even small objects can become destructive missiles in the winds of a hurricane. Make sure toys, kiddie pools, garden sculptures, grills and lawn furniture are stored in a garage or outbuilding that can be securely latched. Install impact windows, storm shutters, or cover windows with plywood. If it’s not possible to surround the house with sandbags, at least try to place them around doors and other openings.

Keep Plantings Groomed

Make sure your plantings are prepared. Have dead, damaged or diseased limbs removed. If you have palm trees, have a professional tree service remove any applicable fronds or fruit.

Sheltering in Place

If you must shelter in place, choose a room on the first floor located in the center of the house. Avoid doors and unprotected windows. Be sure to bring your pets into the safe room with you. If you must stay in your home for several days until the storm passes, make sure you have a supply of water and non-perishable food items. Don’t forget a can opener, eating utensils and pet dishes.

Emergency Kit

Keep a fully-stocked emergency kit – including flashlights – for home use or to take with you if you must evacuate. Keeping one in your vehicles is also advisable. Accidents and injuries are a common occurrence during a hurricane.

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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Understanding Glass Color and Energy Ratings

When shopping for energy-efficient windows and doors, understanding the various ratings and the impact that glass color has leaves many individuals feeling overwhelmed and highly confused. Individuals are confronted with synonyms that include U-Factor, SHGC and VT. They mean little to people that are simply shopping for stylish and elegant windows to enhance their home. The following will help individuals make informed decisions.

U-Factor

Essentially, the U-Factor is a measure of how well a window insulates. U-Factor values range from .20 to 1.20. The lower the U-Factor number, the better the window will insulate. When shopping for new windows, Florida residents should strive for a U-Factor of under .30, combined with an SHGC under .30.

SHGC

The acronym SHGC stands for solar heat gain coefficient and is measured on a scale of 0 to 1. To qualify for an ENERGY STAR® rating, windows must have an SHGC of .25 or less. The SHGC is the measure of the amount of solar radiation that enters through the window and includes the effects of the frame in which the window is installed. It’s the amount of heat that’s absorbed and released into a room as heat – which has a direct effect on the cooling ability of air conditioning units and a home’s energy costs.

VT

This stands for visible transmittance and is the amount of light transmitted through the glazing of a window. It’s the amount of light that individuals perceive coming through their windows. The VT rating can be advantageous for individuals that want to experience more natural lighting in their home when combined with window glass that has a high energy efficiency rating.

Color

Just as dark-colored shingles absorb more heat, so do dark window colors. A window with dark-colored glass or tinting will absorb anywhere from 70 to 90 percent more heat/energy to which they’re exposed. There are coatings that can be applied to windows that enables the sun to shine unimpeded while minimizing the amount of heat absorbed from the sun’s rays.

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 Glass Can Positively Affect your Wallet

Impact glass will affect your wallet and budget in a variety of positive ways. While it’s true that the initial cost outlay is typically more than for traditional storm shutters and panels, that cost is more than offset by the benefits and ways it can save money over the long-term.

Safety and Security

Impact glass will splinter, but it won’t break and shatter like ordinary glass. No would-be criminal is going to want to expend the time and effort or risk the noise that they’ll make, that will be required to actually break impact glass. Impact glass is a definite deterrent to break-ins.

Storage and Maintenance

Storm shutters are relatively inexpensive options, but they take up valuable storage space when they’re not in use. They also require periodic maintenance to ensure they’re in proper working condition. Impact glass is a once-and-done solution and the only maintenance required is ordinary glass cleaning.

Time Savings

It requires a considerable amount of time to retrieve storm panels and erect them. Even if you have attached storm shutters, you’ll still need to ensure they’re working properly. If they’re not, you’ll have to repair or replace them and both options are time-consuming endeavors.

UV Protection

You may not realize it, but every time sunlight enters your home, UV and infrared rays also enter that are detrimental to furnishings, floor coverings and drapes. All of those items can be expensive to replace due to fading and discoloration. Impact glass prevents premature damage while allowing the light to enter.

Sound Buffering

Noise pollution is a very real problem that can affect people psychologically. Impact glass will beautify your home while significantly reducing outside sounds and noise that can interrupt sleep and disrupt family time. It also provides a buffer to keep indoor sounds from escaping to annoy your neighbors. You don’t have to install expensive fencing or soundproofing to get the peace, quiet and privacy you deserve.

Convenience

The convenience of impact windows and doors can’t be overstated. You can go on vacation anywhere in the world without worrying about hiring someone to secure your home if a hurricane strikes or performing repairs if damage occurs. Impact glass is installed once and it will continue to protect your home in a variety of wallet-friendly ways and provide piece of mind.

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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Replacing Old Windows Saves you Money

When it comes to saving on energy bills, replacing your old windows with newer energy-efficient impact windows is the way to go. It is one of the most cost-effective ways of improving the value of your property. Many factors come into play when it comes to determining the value of a home: the condition of the building itself; and the average age of the house. Older properties also generally require more frequent maintenance or may have been refurbished more recently. With this in mind, it’s easy to see why you may feel compelled to replace your windows. If you’re planning to replace your current windows, there are a number of factors that you should consider so that you get the best value for your money.

 

The first thing you’ll need to do is work with a professional window company that can guide you to find the best replacement windows for your home.  MPACT Windows & Doors can help you with this process and offer you many different options when it comes to window replacement. This way, you will know exactly what the window replacement will cost you, and you can ensure that you get the best quality product for your money.

 

The next thing you need to do is assess how highly rated you would like your new windows to be in order to reap the maximum benefits from energy-efficiency. Generally speaking, the higher the rating, the more efficient the window, as this means it will save you money on your cooling and heating costs throughout the year. The structure of your home should not be compromised by poor window installation. Be sure to contact a reputable window company that has a good reputation and will install your windows up to code. 

 

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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Impact Windows for Hurricane Protection

In South Florida, homeowners faced an estimated $15.4 billion in insured damages from Hurricane Harvey alone, most of it was wind-related damage. The hurricane season spans from June to November in Florida and includes a number of tropical storms and hurricanes which are capable of producing severe wind speeds of at least 80 miles per hour. Because the threat of hurricanes are part of the natural life of South Florida, home owners have been seeking ways to properly prepare for the possibility of severe weather in the months leading up to the hurricane season. While many homeowners have taken direct action and replaced all windows and doors, there are still some other options that should be considered. These include the installation of storm shutters or hurricane windows, as well as the use of impact windows and other types of hurricane protection equipment in order to properly protect your home from the effects of any potential hurricanes.

 

Although it is possible to purchase windows that can resist winds of up to eighty miles per hour, these products are typically only suitable for the coastal regions of Florida and the Eastern United States. These specially designed windows cannot withstand hurricanes that reach a Category III or greater, although they can often withstand the hurricane zone (a category that includes hurricane rated from a maximum of Category III and higher). However, the hurricane zone is not the only thing that an impact window should be able to withstand. Impact windows can withstand all of the force of a wind speed of up to two hundred miles per hour, although most do not have the strength to completely abate the force of a hurricane on steroids.

 

Impact windows have been designed specifically to withstand winds of all strength levels. This means that regardless of whether you live in a hurricane zone or not, impact windows installed properly can still withstand strong winds of up to two hundred miles per hour. Furthermore, they are made out of materials such as aluminum, lead, and fiberglass that are designed to resist flying debris. This means that even if the windows are hit by flying debris they will not shatter. 

 

Impact windows meet all of the hurricane code requirements that are required by your local building codes. In addition to meeting all of the building code requirements, these windows also are certified with a National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) rating. This means that these windows meet the highest standards of safety that the building codes in your state will allow. 

 

In order to have impact windows installed, it is important that you find a company that can perform the work correctly. The best way to make sure you find a professional and reputable company that can meet all of your needs and expectations is to ask for references.

 

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 Deter Intruders

Thieves typically break a window to unlock a door or otherwise gain entry to a home. It’s a strategy that requires very little time, is relatively quiet, and happens so quickly neighbors don’t even notice. Impact windows provide more than hurricane protection from flying debris. They’re also an excellent deterrent against would-be burglars.

Impact windows are designed and tested to withstand debris from hurricanes that can include coconuts, shingles, and even 2x4s that are traveling at high speed. They’re also able to survive a hammer strike, hole punch, fist, or a brick that intruders may use in an effort to break a window.

Traditional window glass represents the weakest point of any home. Ordinary window and door glass will easily break when impacted. Impact glass will splinter if attacked with sufficient force, but it won’t break. It’s very similar to the way a car windshield reacts to an impact by spidering rather than breaking.

The difference is in the manufacturing process. Impact windows are constructed using multiple layers of glass and a plastic membrane. The result is a tougher form of glass and the plastic membrane effectively holds the pieces of glass together as a whole rather than shattering like traditional types of window or door glass.

Installing impact glass is also beneficial financially. Many insurance companies provide discounts on homeowner policies when impact glass is installed in windows and doors. It reduces the potential of a large payout on their part for damages and loss. The windows are also energy efficient and may be eligible for a 10 percent credit on tax returns if they meet ENERGY STAR® specifications.

Impact glass isn’t burglar-proof, but gaining entry requires far more time and effort to break than most burglars are ready to invest since they rely on speed and stealth to accomplish their goal. The specialized glass does present a significant deterrent to would-be intruders and gives individuals peace of mind knowing their home isn’t an easy mark for the unscrupulous.

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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