With all the uncertainties of climate change, impact resistant windows are something all developers should be considering when building or remodeling property. This is especially true for properties in places that are frequently hit by tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricane proof doors and impact resistant windows made of high impact glass may be more expensive initially, but they reap benefits over time that make them well worth the investment. Here are just a few of the important benefits of installing impact resistant windows in your property.
You’ll Improve Energy Efficiency
Whether you are paying the energy bills yourself or passing them on to tenants and renters, energy efficiency is universally attractive. The fact that your building offers increased efficiency makes it more valuable, as it helps to reduce solar heat gain during the summer and heat loss during the winter. Significant savings on electric bills are good for everyone.
You Only Have To Install Them Once
Once the impact resistant windows have been installed, you are done. There is no need to put up hurricane shutters (or hope a tenant does so) or any other sort of protection every time a storm comes through. This not only is a benefit when the storms actually hit, but it also saves everyone an enormous amount of time when all those false alarm storms come through. Impact resistant windows start protecting from the moment they are installed.
Impact Resistant Windows Provide Real Protection
A single hurricane is capable of dumping nine trillion liters of rain and stirring up millions of miles of air in a day. The most powerful hurricane in the Atlantic ever recorded was Hurricane Irma, a Category 5 storm boasting 185 mile-per-hour winds. Irma held twice as much energy as all the bombs used in World War II combined. Some states require impact resistant windows to be installed on all properties within a certain distance from the coastline, but experience proves that even properties farther away from the coast can experience tremendous winds and hits from flying debris. Impact resistant windows are capable of withstanding winds of over 100 mph. Most hurricane resistant windows are made from multiple layers of glass or other materials so that it is difficult, if not impossible, for them to shatter.
You’ll Protect Your Property From UV
A hurricane isn’t the only thing that can damage your property. Ultraviolet light from the sun can do incredible damage to paint, carpeting, artwork, and fabrics of all sorts over time. Impact resistant windows protect from ultraviolet light, keeping interiors from fading and discoloring. Impact resistant windows can help protect your entire investment both when the storms rage and when the sun shines.
You’ll Likely Get Discounts in Your Insurance PremiumsWhen you construct a property with hurricane proof windows and hurricane impact doors right from the beginning, many insurance companies will recognize this and give you a reduction on your premiums. Lower insurance premiums make the property more attractive to buyers and renters as well.
Things Will Be Less NoisyNot only will your property be protected from damage but impact resistant windows will also keep out noise from the outside. If your building is located near to a busy highway or other noise producing area, you’ve just made it much more attractive to potential tenants or buyers.
Impact resistant windows look just like any other window. You don’t have to remember to go back after the storm and remove the shutters; you simply install your windows and let them do their job. If you are building or investing in property in an area where hurricanes and tropical storms are common, look into how impact glass doors and impact resistant windows can increase the value of your property and give you peace of mind.