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Impact-Resistant Windows Protect Your Home From Impacts During Storms And Improve Energy Efficiency

If it's time to get replacement windows for your home, look into impact-resistant windows. They cost more than non-impact windows, but you may find the extra cost is worth the peace of mind they provide against intruders and storms. Here are some details about impact-resistant windows you may want to know.

They Don't Shatter Into Shards

A major difference between the two types of windows is that impact windows don't shatter when damaged. However, impact windows aren't indestructible. They can crack into crumbles, but the crumbles don't fall out of the frame. This is due to the way the windows are made. Impact windows are constructed with two panes of tempered glass. A tough polyvinyl butyral plastic film is sandwiched between them.

If something smashes into the window glass and it cracks, the pieces are held to the PVB film so they won't fall out of the frame. Even if they did fall out, the pieces would be in crumbles rather than jagged shards. Traditional glass windows break into shards that are extremely dangerous in strong winds.

You Might Get An Insurance Discount

Check with your insurance agent when you get your impact-resistant windows. You might get a discount since the windows improve home security. Another way the windows can help you save money is by making your home more energy-efficient so you don't waste heat or air conditioning. The extra insulation added by the windows could drop your energy bill.

You'll Need New Frames Too

If you have older windows, your installer probably won't be able to put the impact-resistant glass into your old frames. Traditional window frames aren't sturdy enough to hold impact glass in place if the glass is struck. Getting new frames along with new glass further improves the energy efficiency of your home and makes your windows even more secure.

Plan The Installation Ahead Of Storm Season

Getting new windows on your home isn't something that happens instantly. You'll need an evaluation first so you can pick out the type of windows you want and the installer can measure your windows for an exact fit. Then the windows are ordered and delivered, which can take time. Plus, your window installer will probably need a permit from the city to put new windows in and your city has to issue the permit before work begins.

Once your windows arrive, it could still be several days before your contractor can start on your home. Removing the old windows and putting in new ones could take an additional few days. So, it's good to expect the entire process to take several weeks or a few months.

For more information on impact-resistant windows, contact a professional near you.