Living in South Florida, impact windows can truly mean the difference between life and death. At ASP Windows, we offer the highest-quality impact windows for all of our clients. We want our customers to be well-informed about all aspects of their windows. Here’s what you need to know about impact window quality: not all hurricane windows are created equally.
Impact Window Materials
Like other types of windows, impact windows can be made from a variety of different materials. Each of these materials has benefits – some more than others. At ASP Windows, we only use the highest quality, most robust materials to ensure our customers get the pinnacle of protection from their hurricane windows. The most common materials used in constructing impact window frames are:
Window frames made from aluminum are much stronger than those made from either vinyl or wood. In addition, they are much more resilient to the weather, meaning they require much less maintenance over their lifetime. Additionally, they tend to be aesthetically pleasing, and are fully recyclable if they should need to be replaced. The major downside to aluminum impact windows is that they will need to be painted regularly, or they may rust or look weathered.
Vinyl impact windows, like aluminum windows, are excellent at resisting weather. Vinyl impact windows, however, have been shown to be much better at insulating, meaning that they are excellent at keeping energy costs down. In addition, vinyl windows tend to be much lower maintenance than other types of impact windows and features a much lower cost.
Wooden impact windows, while much rarer these days, do still exist. While wood is an excellent natural insulator, these style windows have many more drawbacks than benefits. This is why they have been overtaken by aluminum and vinyl type impact windows. Wooden hurricane windows tend to rot and warp from exposure to storms and external weather, making them high maintained and prone to requiring replacement.
Impact Glass Materials
There are plenty of ways to make your home more energy efficient, and installing impact windows is one of the best. Impact window glass is specially designed to not only protect your home from damage – be it hurricane, theft, or other wind-borne damage – but also to protect your home from high energy bills. Impact glass comes in two distinct makes:
Traditional impact glass consists of two pieces of strong glass, bonded together with a thin, robust plastic film, which holds the glass together and offers resistance to impacts. Insulated impact windows offer improved energy savings versus traditional double pane windows, meaning they offer much greater long-term practicality than other window systems,
Insulated, laminated impact glass is a type of impact glass where an additional pane of glass is added to a more traditional limited glass unit, with a hermetically sealed air pocket in between. Insulated laminated windows offer much greater energy saving benefits than normal insulated windows and are most common in locations where there is a high difference between interior and exterior air temperatures.
Call ASP Windows Today
If you are looking to install impact windows to protect your home before the next hurricane season, we’re here to help. At ASP Windows, we want you to be worry free when the next storm’s coming. Fully licensed and insured, and Ygrene certified, we offer no down payment and 100 percent financing until December 2018 on new impact windows and installation. Contact us today at (888) 782-8342 for a free in-home estimate on our extensive range of fully customizable windows, doors, and glass.