Impact windows combine a heavy-duty frame with impact-resistant laminated glass. They are designed to withstand high winds and impact from objects. Rather than shattering like traditional glass, impact windows will remain intact in their frame with fractures that look like a spider web pattern spreading from the impact.
Below are three key benefits of outfitting a commercial building with impact windows.
Safety is one of the most obvious advantages of installing impact windows. Impact windows are designed to keep the building, the people, and the equipment inside safe during severe weather, protecting the building from flying debris, water intrusion, wind forces, and storm damage. Impact windows also provide improved protection from break-ins. The shatter-resistant makes it harder for intruders to break in.
Flying debris, such as tree branches, loose materials, and rocks, pose a significant risk to the building’s interior. Electronic equipment, retail items, furniture, and important records could be in danger of damage or destruction if the storm’s forces are able to enter the building. Installing impact windows prevents potential damage from the storm’s impact, as well as water damage and wind pressure.
Many insurance companies recognize the value of buildings equipped with impact windows. Impact windows keep the building, its contents, and people protected, which can lower the building insurance premiums. Thus impacts windows are a great value, potentially reducing insurance costs and increasing the building’s resale value. In addition, impact windows improve insulation, lower noise pollution, and reduce energy consumption.
All impact windows are NOT the same
Impact windows are NOT all equal. They offer different levels of protection and come with different ratings for design pressure and performance grade. Look for windows certified by an independent third party and also know that impact windows requirements vary by region.
Installing a window system with robust framing and impact-resistant glass will have beneficial results. Not sure which materials are right for your project? Contact us for a quote and learn more about St. Cloud Window impact window and door options.
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