What You Should Know About Impact Windows

When shopping for windows, you might see products labeled as “impact resistant.” This means the window can withstand heavy, direct impact without shattering. When an object strikes an impact window, the window will crack in a contained spider web pattern instead of fracturing into a million pieces. That’s pretty neat technology. But what goes into making an impact window? Continue reading to find out.

What are the benefits of impact windows?

Before we get too deep into how impact windows are made, let’s cover their benefits. Here are a few reasons to install impact windows at your home:

  • Heightened security: The top reason to install impact windows is that they make your home more secure. As the name suggests, impact windows won’t break when struck with flying debris during a hurricane or during an attempted robbery. Whether it’s Mother Nature or a robber trying to get inside, these windows will keep them out.
  • Lower energy bills: As we’ll see below, impact windows are made with several layers of high-quality glass. These extra layers help reduce your energy costs by preventing heat transfer from the outside. As a result, you won’t need to run your AC as much.
  • Better curb appeal: If you’re looking to give your home a new look without doing a ton of renovation work, consider getting new windows. New impact-resistant windows will boost your curb appeal while drastically increasing your home’s value.

How are impact windows made?

With so many perks, it’s easy to see the benefits of installing them at your home or business. Here’s how your new windows are created:

  • Frame: Impact windows are made of heavy-duty materials like vinyl or aluminum. Unlike wood, vinyl and aluminum won’t crack or splinter. They’re also rust proof, so they’ll keep your home looking great for years to come.
  • Exterior glass: The exterior glass of an impact window is tempered, meaning it has been treated to increase its strength. The tempering process puts the outer surface into compression and the interior into tension, so the glass won’t shatter when broken. This glass layer also boosts energy efficiency.
  • Interior glass: The interior layer of an impact window is heat-strengthened to improve durability and provide an extra layer of protection from flying objects or attempted break-ins. This layer is also tinted to reduce the amount of UV rays entering your home, keeping you comfortable even on the brightest days.
  • Film: The glass film located in the interior glass layer has a tear strength five times greater than a traditional window. This film protects the glass from shattering and blowing throughout the house—it’s the same technology used for car windshields.

Install your new windows today

Hurricane season is a fantastic time of year to update the windows throughout your home or office. Now that you know what goes into making an impact window, it’s time to buy yours from All America Construction Services. We have a vast inventory of hurricane-proof windows at competitive prices—contact us today to learn more about your options!