Impact-Resistant windows and doors have become an increasingly popular choice with South Florida home owners in the last decade, but what many may not realize is these products offer more than just storm protection. These windows and doors also provide intruder protection, UV protection and noise reduction benefits as well.
Due to the nature of the laminated glass used in impact-resistant products, should someone try to break in through impact glass, it would be extremely difficult to do. The sacrificial piece of glass may shatter, but the vinyl inner layer will not allow penetration into the home under tested pressure conditions. The Broward County Sherriff’s Department shared a video and photo in 2013 that showed security footage and the aftermath of would-be robbers kicking and shooting nine times at an impact-resistant sliding glass door and being unsuccessful in entering the home. The suspects left empty handed. This could help to protect not just your home and belongings, but also your family.
Protection from UV rays is not just beneficial to humans, but it can be beneficial to your home as well. There are 2 main reasons: to help reduce heat transfer as well as protect your home and furnishings from fading. Items like furniture, photos and even hardwood floors that are in range of your windows and doors can suffer from fading due to harsh UV rays penetrating your windows. However, many features, some optional, in impact-resistant glass help to diffuse UV rays that help reduce heat transfer and fading. The reduction of heat transfer can also make impact-resistant windows and doors more energy efficient than standard products.
CGI Windows and Doors in Hialeah, Florida have an unexpected feature in their showroom, a ‘sound chamber’. This chamber is a cube made of CGI casement windows surrounding a stereo speaker. With the casements open, turning on the stereo will play the selected track, noise from a jet engine, at whatever volume the stereo is adjusted to. However, close those casements and there is a dramatic reduction of noise able to be heard. This is because impact-resistant windows and doors are able to create an impressive sound barrier due to the multi-layered laminated glass.
There are many reasons a homeowner may be interested in upgrading to impact-resistant windows and doors. Since a common used nickname for these products is ‘hurricane’ windows and doors, the most common reason is for storm protection. However, it’s important to consider all of these additional benefits that can also help protect and beautify your home against unique challenges you may face.
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