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.
Hurricane, storm, and impact: Whatever you call them, impact-resistant windows offer a lot of protection for people who live in areas where severe storms and hurricanes are constant threats. That protection alone should be enough to convince homeowners to upgrade their old windows to impact-resistant versions. However, it's always nice to get additional benefits when you spend money to upgrade your home -- and storm impact windows offer several.
All the Benefits of Dual-Pane Windows
New impact-resistant windows are dual-pane versions, which means you get all the benefits of dual-pane windows along with the strength. The windows block out more noise, making your house a calmer place to be. The windows are very energy efficient, too. While they are not like typical dual-pane windows that have gas in between the panes, the added layer of glass plus the tough membrane in the middle offer similar noise-reduction and heat-transfer reduction effects. If you've been concerned about your energy bills lately, these windows should help control costs by letting less warm air transfer through the panes. You can also get impact-resistant exterior doors, which further improves the noise and energy control.
Because impact-resistant windows are meant to withstand items slamming into the glass, your home's security will increase as well. The windows consist of two panes of glass with a membrane between them. The membrane is what prevents objects from flying through the pane into your house, and if it's tough enough to do that, you know that it can prevent people from breaking the window glass to get inside. That does mean you should contact your local fire department to see how best to help them get through the windows if there's an emergency (they may need a special tool to cut through the membrane), but daily security is crucial to you and your family being comfortable in the home.
Possible Insurance Benefits
This one will vary between insurance companies, but you could get a discount on your homeowner's insurance if you have impact-resistant windows. This discount could be available even to those who get the windows solely for security reasons and who do not have as high a hurricane risk as homeowners closer to coasts. You'll have to call your insurance agent to verify and to see what restrictions exist. But a discount on insurance, plus energy savings, could pay for the windows' installation in a reasonable amount of time.
Have your home evaluated for window upgrades now. Impact-resistant windows offer so many additional advantages that having the windows installed is the sensible thing to do.