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Storm Resistant Windows

If you live in an area that experiences hurricanes, tornadoes, or typhoons, you should consider installing storm resistant windows. High winds and flying debris can shatter glass windows and doors, and this can lead to water and wind damage (wind entering a house through broken windows can lift the roof off and can push the walls outward). For this reason, storm resistant windows can make the difference between minimal damage and the immense destruction that results in extensive rebuilding.

Storm resistant windows are made from laminated glass, which consists of a tough interlayer made of polyvinyl butyral bonded together between two panes of glass under heat and pressure. Once sealed together, this glass becomes a single unit that looks like regular window glass. Laminated glass may crack when hit by wind powered flying objects, but it fragments and adheres to the protective interlayer rather than flying into the building, potentially causing injury and leaving the building open to the elements.

There are other benefits to storm resistant windows:

  • They can eliminate the need to store and install plywood panels or the additional expense of storm shutters.
  • They add increased security to any building. Their construction can resist forced entry, and they can also stand up to the impact of bullets or small explosions.
  • Storm resistant glass provides enhanced sound proofing and prevents the penetration of ultraviolet light that can damage interior fabrics and furniture.
  • Storm resistant glass is more energy efficient than regular window glass, so it will reduce energy costs.

Storm resistant windows are available from specialty manufacturers and resellers. When buying these windows, you should check with seller or manufacturer to make sure that they meet your local building codes.

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