Hurricane Impact Windows
is known for its beautiful sunshine paired with a fierce hurricane season.
Whether you live further south by Sarasota, on the coast in Tampa or St. Pete,
or even in the middle of the state in Orlando, you’re bound to see some severe
weather throughout the year.
Windows & Doors offers some of the safest, most reliable, yet aesthetically
beautiful, 'weather safe' hurricane windows and doors – building code rated for
the Southeast's storm-prone weather.
Florida Regulations for Hurricane
1992 Hurricane Andrew caused massive damage to Florida (not to mention the
following year's storms). That hurricane really taught residents that violent
winds alone are not the major cause of window failure. The real cause is flying debris.
a result, codes for hurricane protection now focus on impact protection for
windows and doors, not just wind velocity.
Florida Building Code (FBC) is a set of standards designed by the US state of
Florida for buildings that outlines important regulations for hurricane
protection. Miami-Dade County was the first in Florida to certify hurricane
resistant standards for structures, which the Florida Building Code
subsequently enacted across all requirements for Hurricane resistant buildings.
fact, Miami-Dade County has the strictest protocols in the country for
wind-borne hurricane debris, air and water tests.
The Miami-Dade Building Code requires that
every exterior opening - residential or commercial - be provided with
protection against wind-borne debris caused by hurricanes. Such
protection could be impact-resistant products.
are two types of impact-resistant products:
product is tested as large-missile resistant after it has been exposed to
various impacts with a piece of lumber weighing approximately 9 pounds,
measuring 2'' x 4'' x 6'' (no more than 8'') in size, traveling at a speed of
50 feet per second (34 mph). Then the
product must pass positive and negative wind loads for 9,000 cycles, with
impact creating no holes larger than 1/16 x 5'' in the interlayer of the glass.
product is declared small-missile resistant after it had been exposed to
various impacts with 10 ball bearings traveling at a speed of 80 feet per
second (50 mph). Then the product is
subjected to wind loads for 9,000 cycles.
Additional Benefits of Hurricane Impact
Windows from FAS
hurricane impact windows provided by FAS Windows & Doors are not only great
for protecting your home from severe weather and dangerous debris, but they
Energy Efficiency – Energy efficient
windows with vinyl frames and heavy-duty multi-chambered frames and standard
laminated insulating glass provides energy savings from standard single pane
Extra Security – The same impact resistant glass and
construction used to protect against hurricanes also provides a strong
deterrent to intruders – as the glass is shatter resistant.
Noise Reduction – Enjoy peace and quiet inside, even in
the middle of noisy outdoor activities.
UV Protection – Impact windows with Sun Protection
filter out up to 99% of harmful UV rays.
Hurricane Impact Window Partners
uglier the weather, the more beautiful the windows with:
Windows – Stormwatch
Windows – StormBreaker Plus
Windows – WinGuard
window products with Stormwatch protection eliminate the need for shutters or
plywood over your windows. With structural upgrades, impact-resistant glass and
Perma-Shield exteriors, these hurricane windows are not only designed to stand
up to building codes from Maine to Miami, they can stand up to Mother Nature –
even when she throws a tantrum.
hurricane windows and other Andersen windows are put through testing in the lab
and the field that few other windows endure. Their windows are exposed to wind
speeds up to 155 MPH. Other Andersen windows face sudden temperature changes
from -20F to 180F.
impact resistant glass in Andersen hurricane windows help combat high winds and
windborne debris while the PermaShield vinyl cladding resists the effects of
salt water and sea air far better than an aluminum frame. Sash and panel
reinforcements add stability during pressure shifts and stainless steel hinges
and handles are anchored with extra fasteners that are corrosion resistant.
StormBreaker Plus hurricane windows provide safety and security for families
from both storms and intruders. In addition, these hurricane windows offer
increased sound and solar control. The power of the double-strength glass with
the laminate interlayer actually reduces the amount of exterior noise and
ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, which can penetrate the home.
struck by a blunt object, like blowing debris or a crowbar, the glass in the
windows may crack but the pieces do not fly out of the window frame they adhere
to the heavy polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer.
is the largest manufacturer of windows in the Southeast and has a full line of
hurricane window products that meet the toughest wind-borne debris requirements
in the nation Florida's Miami-Dade County codes with their WinGuard line.
Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance (NOA) for impact-resistant products is
the best way to be sure that a window has been tested and meets all the
requirements for hurricane protection in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone
(Miami-Dade and Broward Counties).
Windows & Doors is proud to carry all of these hurricane impact windows.
on the logos below to learn more about the individual product lines.)