Definition of "What are impact windows?"

Peggy  Collins real estate agent

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Every year, hurricane after hurricane sweeps over huge swaths of the country, leaving paths of destruction and decimation in their wake. Homes are destroyed by high winds or high water, cars are rendered inoperable and oftentimes a toll is taken in human life. For those living in southern states and those along the eastern seaboard, these acts of god are merely a part of the yearly routine.  


If you live in one of these states, you’re probably well aware of hurricanes and the dangers they present to life and property. If you’re foresightful, you may have built your home on high ground, from materials that are resistant to gale force winds and high water. But what else can you do to ensure that your home stays safe from the next hurricane? 

Impact resistant windows 


If you’re looking to hurricane-proof your home, one of the best investments you can make is a set of impact resistant windows. These are specially designed and manufactured windows that are all but impervious to damage from gale force winds and most debris. Impact resistant windows also bear a distinctly blue-green color, which can add to the aesthetic appeal of the exterior of your home. 


These windows also carry the added benefit of being an excellent anti-break in measure. Their hardened exterior causes them to be remarkably resistant to impact from blunt objects, and their sturdy construction makes them a great choice as a security measure that does not compromise the aesthetics of your home. 

Impact-resistant windows vs. hurricane windows


When researching impact resistant windows, you may encounter the term hurricane window. Although it’s often used interchangeably with the term impact resistant window, some purport that hurricane windows are actually distinct from impact resistant windows and differ in some regard to the latter. 


So what’s the deal? Are impact resistant windows different from hurricane windows? The answer is: well, sort of, but not really. While different manufacturers may rate their windows to resist different degrees of force or wind, there is no technological difference between the two. To find what window is right for you, you’ll need to research available products and find what is best for your situation instead of relying on nomenclatural distinctions. 



If you’d like further information on how to best make use of impact resistant windows, your best bet is to find a real estate agent in your area and ask them for their advice. These real estate professionals are always happy to share their valuable insights, and you’re sure to benefit from their inexhaustible trove of knowledge.


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