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Do Replacement Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors Make Sense for Your Home?

If you are considering replacing your windows, you might want to look at the advantages of impact resistant windows, sometimes called “hurricane windows”.

Replacing windows and doors with impact resistant windows and doors will definitely update the look of the exterior of your home. The design and construction of windows and doors has improved so dramatically over the past 10 years, giving consumers a far superior product than was ever available before. These changes have also given consumers more to think about.

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Take a look at some of the benefits of having impact resistant windows installed:

• Reduce unwanted air and moisture infiltration

• Reduce noise

• Improve energy efficiency

• Beautify the home inside and out

• Eliminate fading of carpets and furniture

• Enhance the architectural integrity of your home

• Protect the structure from hurricanes

• Protect your loved ones and valuables from intruders 24-hours a day

Replacing windows updates your home. Impact resistant windows protect your home effortlessly. You will be protected in the event of a storm without dealing with shutters.

If you are replacing more than 25% of the openings of your home at the same time and live within a wind borne debris zone, you are required to make sure that the opening meets current building code standards for wind borne debris protection. You can opt to replace all openings with impact resistant window and doors, or a combination that includes hurricane shutters or netting. In order to get your project properly permitted, you have to have “installed” protection.

An important point to remember is that the windows and doors will not work effectively if they are not installed correctly. Manufacturers will generally only warrant the product; the actual window frame and glass. They extensively train their participating dealers to install the products according to the product approval code guidelines as set forth by the state.

How do you know if you have hired the right contractor? You want to make sure that company that you hire has the proper certifications from the manufacturer, and proper licensing from the county and state.

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