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Can Hurricane Impact Windows Stop a Bullet?

Hurricane Impact Windows are pretty much a necessity for people living in at-risk areas, such as Florida (particularly Southern Florida). In such places, hurricane impact windows are made mandatory in many areas, as the only viable way for a property to withstand the many vicious storms and hurricanes the state has seen down the years.

So, if you’re in this situation, you may already own impact resistant windows, which is all great for you. But you might be wondering what else these windows can stop. It’s a well-known fact that hurricane windows also act as great soundproofing, capturing a lot of outside noise, and all in all creating a more peaceful indoor atmosphere.

But what about home security?

Unfortunately, gun violence is a very real problem all over the United States, with many neighborhoods experiencing gunshots as an everyday happening. Naturally, this has prompted many homeowners to wonder if their hurricane impact window might save them from a speeding bullet.

How impact windows work…

In order to answer that question, we need to first look at what hurricane impact windows are, exactly, and how they work. You see, in spite of popular belief, hurricane windows aren’t about “stopping” the wind itself, but rather, not breaking upon impact.

Impact windows are made of two separate sheets of laminated glass, held together by a thin film of resin. It is precisely this resin sheet that prevents the window from breaking, upon impact, and thus stops the glass from shattering into a million pieces that go all over the place.

So, can a hurricane window stop a bullet?

The short answer is, no, hurricane windows do not stop a bullet for one simple reason – they’re not designed with that purpose in mind. If you think about it, there is quite a noticeable difference between a flying projectile (aka a bullet), and a strong wind, in the way they both impact a window.

While hurricane resistant windows are designed to withstand harsh winds, they are not designed to stop a single, flying projectile, and so can’t be counted on to protect your family against bullets.

However, there are alternatives if gun violence is an issue and concern for you and yours. If you’re looking for a glass that’s capable of stopping a bullet, you’ll want to go for a more solid type of laminated glass, or alternatively, with acrylic. You need something solid enough that, when hit by a bullet, it will absorb the projectile, causing it to remain stuck in the glass, rather than bump off of the glass.

All in all, bulletproof glass tends to be much thicker and denser than hurricane impact glass, as the two are designed with different purposes in mind. In any case, if you’re worried about impact (be it that of a strong wind or a bullet), the best thing to do is reach out to your impact window manufacturer or give us a call (561) 800-2419. We’ll be able to guide you towards the best type of window for your property.

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