Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
If you want to improve the security of your home, you may need to install new windows. Windows are the most vulnerable parts of your home because they can be broken so easily. One solution for this is to install impact-resistant windows. These are manufactured to withstand high winds, flying debris, and intruder attempts. If you live in an area that could be impacted by hurricanes or tornadoes, these windows could save your house from expensive damage by keeping wind and rain outside. Continue reading to learn how these windows are made to be so strong.
The Glass Is Laminated
The glass used in these windows is impact resistant because it is strengthened with layers of resin. This makes the glass strong and resistant to shattering. If the glass does sustain damage, the broken bits of glass are held in place by the layers of lamination, so there are no shards that fly through the house. To make these windows, the manufacturer places resin sheets between two panes of glass. The glass is then heated so all the layers fuse together. The thickness of the internal film determines the strength of the window as well as its price.
The Frames Are Reinforced
To be the most effective, impact windows need to be installed in new frames. If you put the strong glass into old frames, high winds or a blowing object could knock the window out of it's frame and make the strong glass useless. Frames used in impact-resistant windows are made from aluminum, wood, or vinyl, so you can have the look you want. However, they are usually reinforced with steel, or strengthened in some other manner to make them stand up to winds or an intruder bashing the window. They are typically installed with screws because screws don't slide out as easily as nails when the windows are being battered constantly with high winds. The frames are also sealed tightly with caulk, so there are no leaks for air or driving rain that can weaken the structure of the window during a storm.
Installing reinforced frames along with impact-resistant glass gives your home the best protection. Also, the treated glass provides other benefits as well. You can buy windows with tinted film or clear film treated to reflect UV rays. This gives you better value for your investment since the windows will work all year long to reduce the transfer of heat into or out of your home. This reduces the workload on your HVAC unit and lowers your energy costs, so the new windows can partially pay for themselves in the coming years. Continue for additional reading.