The best time to make a decision about purchasing new windows is NOT while a tropical storm is just a few days away. Hasty decisions to get hurricane protection installed on your home (or any structure) will rarely result in the purchase and installation of the proper type of product or degree of protection.
We tend to get anxious and forget the most important rule of common sense purchasing – don’t purchase a big ticket item without making sure it is what you want or what you need. No one likes to feel taken advantage of nor do they enjoy finding out, after the fact, that they didn’t make the best purchase. Impact-rated windows (sometimes referred to as just “impact windows”) are one such item that many homeowners feel compelled to buy without doing the proper research. If you don’t get the pertinent information it’s easy to make a poor choice that could result in buyer’s remorse. Here are a few tips and some information to help guide you in your decision making:
- Old isn’t bad. Even if your windows are old they may still be good – especially if they are old wood windows. Installing some replacement felt strips, a few seals and some caulk can make a world of difference in the performance of your current windows. Don’t think that new windows will be the solution to water leakage, either.
- Make it hurricane proof. Impact-rated windows are a “sacrificial” form of hurricane protection. They are designed to break but after they are broken they are not supposed to allow the wind to pressurize the interior of the building. Many folks misunderstand the term “impact-rated” thinking that it means “unbreakable” or “hurricane proof”.
3. Beach houses.If you live on the beach, always shutter your windows (impact-rated or not) to prevent etching of the glass by the wind-driven sands during a storm. Some insurance companies already require shuttering them so if you don’t, your wind damage claim for this type of damage might not be honored.
Visit Spectus Windows Systems to find out more about the advantages of using impact and PVC-U windows for your home and buildings.