- Aluminum window and door frames and sash are among the strongest designs available.
- Wood degrades in the harsh southern climate of high humidity and sun.
- Aluminum is a recyclable green product.
- Aluminum windows and doors provide years of protection, proven by years of installations in hurricane prone areas.
- Aluminum windows and doors are factory finished and require minimal maintenance.
When you are evaluating hurricane protection options such as impact windows versus shutters, there are several factors you should consider:
- Do you live in the home year round? If not, who will put up the shutters when you are not there?
- Are you physically capable of installing the shutters by yourself? Are you likely to put the shutters up if a storm comes?
- Do you like the look of roll-down or accordion shutters mounted to the exterior of your house?
- Is energy efficiency important to you? Shutter systems do not provide you with energy savings like impact resistant windows and doors.
- How important is home security to you? Unlike shutters, impact resistant windows and doors provide 24/7 protection against intrusion.
- With impact windows and doors you will enjoy a significant reduction in outside noise and 99% of ultraviolet rays will be eliminated.
- What about safety? Oftentimes shutters remain installed after a hurricane, blocking egress in the event of a fire. Also, during a hurricane closed shutters block outside light and visibility.
- Consider what happens if a shutter fails. If glass behind the shutter breaks, the house “envelope” is breached possibly resulting in a catastrophic building failure.
- Leaving the shutters up while gone invites potential burglars.
A: Films that are applied to existing glass are not approved as an impact resistant product. They may be approved and actually hold valid Miami Dade County Notice of Acceptance (Product Approval) as a plastic component. This simply means that the film material is flame retardant. Window films serve the same level of impact protection as installing impact glass into a non-impact window, except that the film may scratch. While the film may hold the glass shards together, the glass with the film will fall out of the window frame. Sometimes film dealers offer to overlap the film on to the window frame and claim that this resolves this problem. This window treatment is not approved for impact resistance by Miami-Dade County. Refer to the question in this section that reads “Can I replace the existing glass on my windows and doors with impact glass and get the same level of protection? ”Reflective window films may be very good at reflecting the sun and making the home more comfortable. This is the same benefit that can be achieved with a coated glass product.
Q: Can I replace the existing glass on my windows and doors with impact glass and get the same level of protection?
A: NO. An impact window and/or door is a combination of a strong frame, impact glass, secure method of attaching the glass to the frame and a strong method of attaching the framing to the structure. While the glass may be able to resist the impact, the window framing will not be able to hold the glass in place. This type of upgrade is not recognized by any building department or insurance companies.
Q: How do I get a premium reduction in my home insurance when I have code approved impact windows and doors?
A: Contact your insurance company. Insurance regulations change frequently, however, currently many insurance companies offer discounts for hurricane protection.
A: If you live anywhere that is subject to wind damage, you do. The only way to be certain that the products will perform properly is if they are approved by one of the governing bodies. Many consumers also buy impact resistant products for the other benefits including the burglar deterrent feature and security. Our products have deterred many burglaries in the past. Imagine how you will sleep at night knowing how difficult it would be to break into your home. With a non-impact product, burglars can simply enter the house by breaking a window. Our products industry leading warranties provides break in protection. See warranty for details.
All code approvals are not created equal. Code approvals can be granted for many different product types, product properties and product uses. When evaluating code approvals, make sure the products are specifically approved for impact by a reputable governing agency such as Miami-Dade County and verify the approved performance levels (PSF). Some manufacturers misrepresent their products as impact approved, when in fact the product is not. Beware of the following:
- Approved NON IMPACT windows and doors
- Impact windows and doors that are NOT approved for larger sizes, heights or locations in a structure
- So called “impact products”, which are simply impact glass in a non-impact approved window. Under tropical storm conditions, the glass could fly out of the window framing.
A: Why take a chance? The benefits far outweigh the cost difference, and in many cases, the cost difference is minimal. Keep in mind; it’s not only the performance in a storm, but also the longevity of the product that makes it worth buying. We stand behind our products with an industry leading warranty. If you are considering purchasing impact resistant windows or doors, you owe it to yourself to understand the long term values that they bring.
This is an important investment, so take the time to do your homework before you buy. Some important things to do when making a decision are:
- Take time to see the actual products for yourself. Our show room and ask to see examples of different products. A well-made window not only should perform under severe weather conditions, but should enhance the beauty of your home. At any price point, attention to fit and finish and details like the designs of its muntin and glazing beads are just some of the obvious differences.
- Evaluate the strength of the impact window or door based on its design load (PSF- Pounds per Square Foot). The design load is the product’s ability to resist forces like that created by hurricane winds. Not all impact windows are created equal: they are approved at different levels of performance. The higher the PSF, the stronger the product. Compare the PSF rating to understand how products differ in strength. As an example, CGI’s 360 Single Hung hurricane window is approved as high as 210 PSF (equates to 290 MPH winds).
A: Below are just a few examples.
- Windows and doors are test-proven to be the strongest products on the market today.
- Impact resistant windows can be installed on virtually any building, including high-rise buildings, and meet the most stringent impact code requirements.
- Offer 10’ tall impact resistant Single-Hung windows, French Doors, and Sliding Glass Doors.
- Offer hurricane doors are available and approved in both in-swing and out-swing configurations.
- The hinges for hurricane doors are made by Hager and are fabricated from solid brass or stainless steel.
- Offer three point door lock mechanism for our French Doors allow for improved security, operation and product strength.
Performance, appearance, and quality. We know how important protecting your family is. Why leave it up to chance? Our performance ratings are unparalleled in the industry. Our internal quality standards go beyond those of any other manufacturer. Architects and consumers recognize our reputation for quality.