Hurricane windows are designed to withstand impacts from heavy, fast-moving debris. As a consumer, your job is to identify and purchase the impact windows that are best for your home. This can be challenging because there are so many choices. At FAS Windows & Doors, we provide only the best impact hurricane window brands for our customers, but trying to decide between those hurricane window brands requires some research, knowledge of how impact windows work, and an idea of what’s most important to you. Here’s what you need to know.
Andersen Windows – Stormwatch
Andersen window company sells impact storm windows under their Stormwatch product line. Andersen has been around since 1903 and has one of the most recognizable and trusted names in the window world. Andersen stands apart from other companies because they offer such a wide variety of window styles made from high-performance material.
Stormwatch windows are tested both in the lab and in the field and are capable of withstanding wind speeds up to 155 miles per hour as well as dramatic temperature changes. Andersen windows also boast the PermaShield vinyl cladding that is resistant to the salty sea air that can deteriorate building materials in coastal areas. They are highly energy-efficient, which is important in Florida’s challenging climate. The company has been a member of the ENERGY STAR program since its inception and was the first window company to achieve the status of ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year.
Simonton Windows – StormBreaker Plus
Simonton Windows StormBreaker Plus windows are preferred by homeowners seeking increased sound and solar control. StormBreaker windows are known for their double-strength glass, constructed with a laminate interlayer to provide protection from UV rays as well as exterior noise. StormBreaker laminate can reduce unwanted noise by half. If you live in an area near an airport or highway, Simonton Windows can help keep the peace.
The laminate interlayer is strong enough to withstand flying debris so that while the outer layer of glass may break in a high-impact situation, laminate holds up. StormBreaker windows come in a variety of shapes and color options, including double-hung, casement styles, awning styles, picture windows, and more.
PGT Windows – WinGuard
PGT Windows are the largest manufacturer of windows in the region, and their WinGuard window line is known for being among the toughest windows available for residential home construction. All WinGuard products fully meet Miami-Dade County’s strict building codes.
Like Simonton Windows, PGT’s windows have a helpful noise reduction quality, and, like Andersen’s windows, WinGuard windows are highly energy efficient. And, because PGT windows are so strong, they offer a level of security that can help protect against intruders. WinGuard products come in casement windows, picture windows, single-hung and more.
SoftLite – Barcelona
SoftLite impact windows come in the Barcelona line. Barcelona windows are specifically engineered to be so impact resistant they can be installed in almost all locations, including on coastline buildings. With a thick-walled vinyl frame, comfort foam inside to enhance energy efficiency, and a heavy-duty lock to hold the sash in place, Barcelona windows are secure and highly durable.
Barcelona windows also include a Low-E and argon glass system that helps lower energy costs. SoftLite windows are available in a variety of coating colors to match your home, and also include a variety of grid options to enhance their beauty and meet your unique tastes.
How to Choose a Window Brand That’s Right For You
So, how do you go about choosing a hurricane window brand that’s right for you? Each brand offered by FAS Windows & Doors is reputable, respected and a maker of reliable, quality products. Knowing all this, it can be hard to pick.
Know Your Budget
Knowing your budget can help you narrow your choices while shopping. Some people determine their budget by getting quotes for different window types and then shopping for financing. Others know their budget from the start because they plan to pay in cash.
If you’re going to be seeking financing for your new window installation, start contacting reputable lenders. Shop around to find a good interest rate and a payment schedule you can manage. Don’t sign up for financing without comparing two or more loans. Read all the paperwork, especially the payment terms, before signing on the dotted line.
Talk to a Pro
A window dealer and installer can help you sort between the many brands available to find the window that works for you. A professional will know which questions to ask to make recommending a company easier. It helps to go into these conversations with some idea of what window styles you prefer and what your goals are for your window installation upgrade.
Shop by Style
Not all window manufacturers produce all types of window styles, especially in their impact window lines. If you have a specific style that’s important to you, this may naturally narrow your choices. If you’re not sure which style you prefer, stop in at your local window dealer show room to try different types of windows.
Ready to Buy Impact Windows? Contact FAS Windows & Doors
At FAS Windows & Doors, we’re happy to provide guidance to homeowners trying to make a difficult decision. To learn more about buying the right hurricane windows brand for your home, call today for a consultation.