Hurricane windows should really be called "STORM" windows, but sadly that name is already taken. When someone says storm windows, people think of the aluminum "secondary" exterior window that was very popular twenty plus years ago. But with the rash or strong thunder storms and tornadoes devastating much of the country, STORM (hurricane) windows are what many people need. With the common nomenclature being Hurricane windows, many people only think of these types of windows for hurricane prone areas. They really are quite valuable to homeowners in most of the country. High winds from strong storms create flying debris, that can devastate the average window, and cause extensive damage to your home. Hurricane windows are designed to withstand severe winds and stop most airborne debris in it's tracks. The rigorous testing of these products assures you that they are your best protection from severe storm damage.
Obviously they will not protect a home from a direct hit by a tornado or even a significant hurricane, but many homes are on the periphery of the storms, and many of those homes do experience significant damage from the flying debris from these very strong storms. Hurricane windows are designed to withstand huge amounts of rain and wind, and with the laminated glass, protect the interior of your home from direct hits from flying debris.
Another benefit, but seldom mentioned, is the security aspect of these products. Most burglars enter homes through the doors or windows. Hurricane windows keep all but the most determined burglar from gaining access to your home. The glass is virtually impenetrable, we've tested these windows with a baseball bat, and they've withstood over thirty full swing blows a large adult male still with no ability to access the home. Not many burglars are going to hang around making a lot of noise to hit a window more than this. And if you choose a vinyl framed, low emissivity glass option featuring laminated glass, you get a highly energy efficient product too. Other seldom mentioned benefits are the 99+% blockage of damaging UV radiation that fades your fabrics and floors, and the best sound attenuation (reducing) glass option available.
So if you live in a part of the country that has strong storms, and that seems like just about everywhere these days, you need to consider replacing your existing windows with highly energy efficient high security hurricane windows. You'll get security, energy efficiency, UV protection, and sound protection - quite a package of benefits for your family's peace of mind.
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