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Look up at the ceiling over your head, and also think about the roof above it. You are lucky to have that shelter. Of course, you worked hard to afford it, but that point aside — someone else worked really hard to build it. Our point here is that without construction workers and contractors, we would not have homes in which to live. We all value our homes, and of course, we value the other buildings we spend time in, too. Everyone has a different way of showing their appreciation for this work. Our way is to write about construction on this blog. Your way could be reading about construction on this same blog!


Contractors Keep Us Sheltered

3 Things To Know Before Installing Impact Windows In Your Home

by Glenda Perkins

Windows are a vital architectural element in any residential space. You rely on windows to bring natural light into your living space, as well as to provide you with a view of the landscape beyond your home. 

Unfortunately, windows can quickly become serious safety hazards when a hurricane rolls through. Flying debris can smash through traditional windows and produce sharp shards of glass that may cause serious injuries.

Impact windows are designed to withstand these types of encounters to prevent broken windows. Here are three things that you need to know before you make the choice to install impact windows in your home.

1. Desired Parameters

If you look closely at the label on any impact window, you will see a plethora of information. Labels contain vital facts about the construction and performance of the window.

You will find ratings that pertain to the energy efficiency of the window on the label, as well as ratings that indicate how airtight the window was tested to be by the manufacturer. Most impact window labels will also provide you with information about how much visible light is transferred through the glass.

You must define your desired parameters before you begin shopping for impact windows to ensure you invest in the right product for your home.

2. Special Features

Impact windows can be very basic, or they can come with a wide range of special features that enhance the overall performance of the window on a day-to-day basis. The more features an impact window has, the more you can expect to pay for installation.

You should take the time to consider the features that will most benefit you. If you live in an area with a lot of precipitation, a sloped sill can help with water removal. If you live in a place with significant temperature fluctuations, fin mylar weather stripping can prevent air transfer.

Other special features you should consider include double ventilation locks and a fusion-welded frame.

3. Window Sizing

The size of the windows in your home will play an essential role in determining where you should source your impact windows.

Most homes are built with windows that are standard sizes. This makes it easy to invest in impact windows from any retailer.

If your home was custom built or has unique window dimensions, you will probably need to have your impact windows custom fabricated prior to installation.

To learn more about impact window installation, reach out to a window contractor near you.