Florida (South Florida especially) is the hurricane capital of the United States. Florida’s hurricane season lasts about half of the calendar year and no other state has been devastated by as many hurricanes. Before hurricane impact windows, traditional methods of hurricane protection in South Florida included boarding up windows with plyboard, metal shutters, and accordion shutters. Plyboard offers very little protection and is a hassle to install and remove. Metal hurricane shutters offer more protection than plyboard but they are even more tedious to install and remove. Accordion shutters are fairly simple to use once in place but they still have to be installed and affect the look of a property.
Our hurricane impact windows offer protection from even the most severe hurricanes that Florida can throw at them with none of the shortcomings or disadvantages of plyboard and shutters.
Many variables come into play when effectively comparing the various types of hurricane impact windows.While Florida codes dictates the impact strength of impact resistant windows, the frame materials and energy efficiency is what sets the different types of windows apart. The Window Experts offers high quality, low thermal transference vinyl frame windows and doors with our ThermaGuard & trade glass for the highest energy efficiency available.
Energy Loss Through Various Materials
The chart below shows the thermal conductivity of various materials used in hurricane window frames. As the graph shows, aluminum which is used by many window manufacturers for Florida has the highest energy loss. And while wood is slightly lower than vinyl, it is not practical in Florida installations as wood frames are subject to termites and rot.
Double-Glazed with ThermaGuard Glass
These windows are often referred to as spectrally selective low-E glass due to their ability to reduce solar heat gain while retaining high visible transmittance. Compared to most tinted and reflective glazings, this low-E glass provides a higher level of visible light transmission for a given amount of solar heat reduction. The very high reflective properties of ThermaGuard Glass™ reduce the cost of air-conditioning by suppressing radiative heat flow. This results in a very good return on investment.
ThermaGuard Glass with Turtle Tint
Variants on low-solar-gain low-E coatings have also been developed which may appear slightly tinted. This type of low-E product reduces heat loss in winter and substantially reduces solar heat gain both in winter and in summer. Thus, low-solar-gain low-E glazings are ideal for buildings located in cooling-dominated climates.
Low-solar-gain low-E glass is typically made with sputtered low-E coatings consisting of either two or three layers of silver (also called double-silver or triple-silver low-E). ThermaGuardTM Glass is a triple-silver low-E-Plus. The Plus comes from extra components within the glass that make all other low-E glass obsolete in Florida’s tropical sun and heat.
South Florida Hurricane Impact Windows
The benefits of hurricane impact windows for your South Florida cannot be overstated. Protect your home efficiently with our hurricane impact windows and you’ll never have to deal with shutters or worry about damage from the next hurricane again. Contact us now for an estimate on hurricane impact windows today!