Living in a hurricane-prone area requires homeowners to take preventive measures to ensure they are safe along with their properties. This includes purchasing coastal windows and doors or impact-resistant windows. These are designed to protect your home from a hurricane or tropical storm. While the effectiveness of this material has been proven, today we share three myths about them to enlighten you.
1. Impact windows are expensive. On the contrary, these can be much less expensive than other types of hurricane protection materials. Although there are other factors to consider when evaluating the value of hurricane windows. Additional benefits include pre-storm preparation, increased security, UV blocking and noise reduction. All of these make impact windows a great option.
2. Impact windows are difficult to install. Many may assume that because impact windows are stronger than standard windows, they are significantly harder to install. However, in reality, the features that make impact windows do not add to their weight nor structural complexity. It is worth noting though that similar to any window, bay or storefront windows, they must be properly fitted and caulked by a professional to ensure optimal performance.
3. Impact windows are just for the aesthetics. The style of impact windows is an excellent feature, but it primarily functions as a protection to your home from potential storm damage. Experts note that hurricane-resistant windows are capable of withstanding winds of up to 200 miles per hour. If flying debris does hit a window, the added protection will keep the glass from breaking up into large sharp pieces.