You may have heard people talk about impact-resistant windows, especially in hurricane- and disaster-prone areas. Florida Home Improvement Associates partners with companies like Custom Window Systems, which has used the past 30 years to design, engineer, and perfect durable windows that can benefit households in a variety of ways other than storm protection, such as intrusion resistance and noise cancelling.
But before you go replacing every window in your home, there are ways to check whether you already have impact-resistant windows and glass in place.
1) Check the type and style of the window
Windows come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and styles. The first step in determining what type of windows you currently have installed in your home is to check whether you have wood, vinyl, or aluminum frames. Mark this down, along with the style of the window. There are three main styles of windows: casement, which crank out; sliders, which slide side to side; and double-hung, which slide up and down.
Quick Tip: Impact-resistant windows usually have either vinyl or aluminum frames. If you have wooden window frames, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
2) Write down any letters and numbers on the glass
This step can be a little tricky. Some window manufacturers like to etch their company name into the glass, or just leave a trail of seemingly random numbers and letters behind. Scan the four corners of the windows first, as many companies put their markings in these areas. Record all the writing you see, as it will most likely pertain to the model number.
3) Measure the length and width of the exposed glass
This step will help in determining the model of window you currently have, as well as helping to find a replacement if you find your windows aren’t quite as impact-resistant as you’d like.
4) Take your recorded information to a professional window supplier
Using the information you gathered above, ask your local window supplier if they can identify the type of windows you currently have installed in your home. With that information, you can make a sound decision on whether you’d like to replace your current windows with impact-resistant ones or keep those you have. FHIA partners with some of the best impact-resistant suppliers, and is fully licensed and insured to do business in the state of Florida.