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Hurricane Windows: What Happens When There’s a Hurricane?

We often hear about the many benefits of hurricane windows, and most of them are largely true. Depending on the area you live in, putting in impact windows can turn out to be a very clever decision, for you, the homeowner.

For example, in the United States, the state of Florida is infamous for its vicious hurricane and strong weather. So, if you’re a Florida homeowner, you’ll probably want to install impact-resistant windows, if your home doesn’t have them, already.

Tip: Since local Florida regulations suggest that each home needs impact windows, you may want to check with the previous owner, in case yours might be equipped with resistant windows already.

In any case, we’ll assume you’ve done that already, and that the windows are safely in your walls. Now what?

A lot of homeowners are curious to see what happens when hurricane does arrive. Or, saving that, a really hefty storm. As with any acquisition, we want to make sure that our investment was worthwhile.

So, what happens to hurricane-resistant windows when there’s an actual hurricane?

First of all, you need to understand why hurricane resistant windows are different from traditional windows. See, these specially designed windows are much sturdier. Where traditional windows are simply made of glass, hurricane-resistant ones are actually made up of two different sheets of tempered or heat strengthened glass, held together by a resin interlayer.

So, from the get-go, we’re looking at a much sturdier window. This is also great news for you, the property owner, because the tempered glass will also improve your home’s insulation during extreme weather.

However, although hurricane-resistant windows are far stronger and more resistant than your traditional window, that doesn’t mean they’re unbreakable. Unfortunately, that would be much more difficult to obtain, and much more difficult.

When a hurricane hits, everything relies on the severity of the situation. For example, a minor hurricane will definitely not blow out your impact windows, so you don’t have to worry about that.

Your impact windows won’t break in most cases during a hurricane. Again, that’s because they’re made of two sheets of tempered glass that’s highly resistant, unlike traditional windows. However, in a strong enough hurricane, even an impact window may break.  I think the biggest misconception is that people think they are getting hurricane proof windows and that is not true.  What you are getting is hurricane resistant windows.

But that’s the interesting bit. Because this is where that layer of resin comes in, and ultimately, saves the day. So that, even if your impact windows do crack during a hurricane, the shards of broken glass won’t go flying about the house. Obviously, this is a huge safety risk, one that impact window manufacturers have cleverly learned to prevent.

The resin keeps the glass attached, even if the window itself has cracked. So that even if a strong hurricane hits and damages your impact window, the damage will be easily contained, and won’t unnecessarily endanger you and your loved ones.

To wrap it up…

What happens during a hurricane? With your impact windows closed, hopefully not much. But rest assured that even if the windows do break, you and your loved ones are safe.

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