If you live in Florida, then you’re probably familiar with the rainy season and how the risk of heavy storms is ever-present. Many people will tape their doors and windows or rely on plywood shutters, but the truth is that these methods don’t hold up against hurricane-force winds. What does hold up is impact glass. We at Florida Engineered Glass Corp. specialize in providing impact window installation for residents of the Miami area, and we recommend that every homeowner consider this investment. Can impact windows break? Let us explain the details.
Why Invest in Impact Window Installation?
Impact glass can be made in a number of different ways, but when it comes to security and safety, we at Florida Engineered Glass Corp. prefer laminated glass. This is glass that is divided by a layer of PVB plastic between the glass sheets. If you’re enduring a hurricane, and flying debris gets launched at your home, the outer layer of glass may crack, but the plastic interior will stand against the impact. An ordinary window would shatter, leaving your home exposed to the elements while also potentially injuring someone who’s struck by the debris. By upgrading to impact glass, you can more adequately protect your home during these times while also lowering your insurance premiums.
Can Impact Windows Break? The Difference Between Impact-Resistant and Impact-Proof
The truth is that impact glass is impact-resistant, not impact-proof. Technically speaking, anything can be broken if enough pressure is applied, and impact glass is no different. The thing is, it’s not so much about whether or not it can break, but how much pressure is needed to make it break. Regular glass, as many of us are familiar, is relatively fragile. In a storm, a loose coconut could transform into a cannonball, shattering glass and leaving your home open and exposed to the wind and rain. Impact glass is different.
Impact glass is designed to endure wind speeds of up to 200 miles per hour. This means that while impact glass can be broken, it takes a significantly larger amount of pressure to break it. This means that even in a category 5 hurricane, the windows might be able to stay standing depending on the circumstances. That said, it is possible that enough force will occur, even in smaller hurricanes, that can cause the glass to crack. Even if it does, though, the glass won’t shatter without a significantly larger force. You would need something very large and heavy to get launched at the glass for it to be completely pierced, which is unlikely.
Contact Us for Custom Impact Windows and Doors
Now that we’ve answered the question “can impact windows break?” you might be ready to upgrade your home or business with an impact window installation, and if you’re located in Miami, then look no further than Florida Engineered Glass Corp. We will work with you to provide you the custom impact windows and/or doors while achieving all your style goals. Don’t rely on tape or plywood shutters during a storm because they just don’t cut it. Contact us today for more information on our services.