Hurricane Impact Windows
Hurricane windows, also known as impact windows are windows that are designed to withstand the forces of nature such as that of a hurricane. When a hurricane approaches as they commonly do during hurricane season in south Florida, the atmospheric pressure rises in relation to the storm’s strength. Inside your home, where all the doors and windows are closed, the atmospheric pressure remains the same. This differential is what can be dangerous and is why hurricane windows are so popular. When objects from a storm hit a non-hurricane window, the flying debris can shatter the window and cause massive amounts of damage from winds and rain.
Impact glass is constructed of impact-resistant glass with two layers of annealed or tempered glass bonded to an intermediate layer of a shatter-proof membrane (polyvinyl butyral (PVB)). When the outer layer of glass is struck by flying debris and the outer glass breaks, the shattered pieces will adhere to the shatter-proof membrane, thus protecting your home from the elements.