Florida has it all beaches, sunshine and beautiful weather all year. Along with the beautiful weather, Florida also brings with it tropical storms and hurricanes. As a homeowner in Florida, you have two options when it comes to protecting your windows during hurricane season; hurricane shutters and impact windows. Both provide protection for your windows, but which one is the better option? Although hurricane shutters are less expensive, there are many benefits to impact windows. Here are seven benefits of using impact windows for hurricane protection:
One-time installation for Impact Windows
Once impact windows are installed, there’s nothing else you need to do. With hurricane shutters, you need to put them up every time there’s a hurricane. As Floridians, we know that even though we’re warned of a hurricane, it doesn’t always hit us. Putting up and taking down hurricane shutters every time we get a hurricane warning can be a hassle. Impact windows provide continuous protection from the moment they’re installed.
Improved energy efficiency
Utility bills add up fast, especially during the summer in Florida. Impact windows can reduce the solar heat gain in the summer and help retain heat in your home on a cold Florida winter evening. This results in a significant cost savings on your home’s electric bill.
Properly installed hurricane windows provide the highest level of protection to the valuable and vulnerable interior of your home. This has to do with their construction. Most impact windows consist of several layers of glass or other synthetic materials that make shattering and penetration difficult. Not only does this protect you from flying debris during a hurricane, but it also protects your home from burglars attempting to break into your home.
When you install hurricane shutters, they need to be deployed and taken down after every hurricane. Additionally, you’re often left to sit in the dark during a hurricane since all of your windows are covered, and you also may not have power. Impact windows look just like regular windows, but they provide protection against strong and damaging winds. Since impact windows don’t need to be covered, you are able to see outside during a hurricane, and they look better than aluminum hurricane shutters.
Impact windows and doors provide protection from ultraviolet (UV) light. UV light causes damage to fabrics, artwork, photographs and paint. Installing impact windows protects your valuable interiors from fading and discoloration after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. This is extremely important for us in Florida since we experience direct sunlight all year round.
In addition to protecting your home from exterior damage, impact windows decrease the level of noise from the outside. If you live near a busy intersection or highway, you know how disrupting and distracting outside noise can be. Installing impact windows is an easy way to reduce the amount of outside noise.
Insurance premium discounts
Impact windows and doors are effective windstorm protective systems recognized by many insurance companies. Impact windows are always protecting your home, whereas shutters have to be installed or closed by the homeowners. Insurance companies recognize this and can offer reductions to your insurance premiums.