By: Brad Campbell | October 17, 2022 | Blog
Hurricanes are a major problem in the Southeastern states, predominantly Florida. Many property owners have already learned how to protect their property from storm damage by using well-known impact prevention methods.
Some of the most common ones are plywood sheets (which are used for boarding up windows), hurricane shutters (the most visually appealing option), and window film (which is placed on top of existing glass).
However, based on where you live, the type of property you own, and your budget, maybe none of these would be viable for you. While they are good, each form of hurricane protection has a couple of drawbacks that may make them inefficient.
Impact windows are an excellent alternative to popular hurricane protection methods. An impact window can withstand a savage beating from storm debris, without breaking or shattering. But just how efficient are impact windows?
Our Riot Glass® impact windows are the product of years of experience in the window film industry. We have created Riot Glass® to provide property owners with a durable, strong product that will keep their properties safe and secure.
Some of the benefits of having impact windows are:
Impact windows are also a great security option for preventing forced entry, especially combined with various access systems and other security options. And, because they’re completely clear and see-through, they are inconspicuous and won’t attract attention otherwise.
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Impact windows are also known as hurricane-rated windows and, in some cases, laminated security glass can also be used for ballistic protection. These types of windows can withstand the impact of flying storm debris and various other forms of damage.
In most cases, an impact window will be enough on its own to stop any hurricane or storm damage from occurring on the property.
Flying debris is dangerous because of the risk that it will open entry points (such as windows and doors) that will then be unable to stop the onslaught of water and more debris once the storm picks up steam.
On its own, flying debris isn’t too big of a problem if you take cover, but if they do end up creating openings, the storm could move into your property and cause damage from the inside. In some cases, the pressurized conditions can even lift sections or the entirety of the roof. Impact windows exist to prevent these dangerous situations from occurring.
Yes! Impact windows do actually have noise-reduction properties, primarily because of their construction. Most impact windows are made with polycarbonate sheets enveloping the glass within, which can reduce the noise you hear from outside while you’re inside and vice-versa.
However, don’t expect professional sound-cancellation properties; these windows are used for hurricane damage and break-in prevention, not noise reduction.
While impact windows are one of the best storm damage mitigation methods, some property owners may prefer other alternatives. Some of the alternatives are:
Feel free to contact us for more information about our top-of-the-line impact windows and various other impact glass application options.