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How Are Hurricane Windows Different From Standard Windows?

Hurricane windows, also known as impact windows, are designed specifically to withstand the high winds and flying debris associated with hurricanes and other severe weather events. Here’s how they differ from regular windows:


Hurricane windows are made with impact-resistant glass, which typically consists of two layers of tempered glass bonded with a plastic film. This construction helps the window maintain its integrity even when struck by debris. Regular windows usually feature a single pane of glass which can easily break under impact.


The frames of hurricane windows are also stronger and more durable. They are often made from heavy-duty aluminum or vinyl that is designed to resist bending and breaking under pressure.


These windows are installed with stronger, more robust anchoring systems to ensure they stay in place even during the most violent storms. The installation process is critical to their effectiveness.


Hurricane windows can withstand wind speeds that far exceed those that regular windows can handle. They are tested to meet specific standards set by organizations such as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).


Beyond storm protection, hurricane windows also offer additional benefits such as improved energy efficiency, better sound insulation, and enhanced security against break-ins due to their sturdy construction.

By contrast, regular windows do not provide the same level of protection or additional benefits, making hurricane windows a critical investment in regions prone to severe weather. If you’d like to get a free estimate to see what it would cost to upgrade your home’s windows to hurricane windows, please reach out or give us a call at 904-712-2717 and we’ll send one of our dedicated professionals out to you. ArmorGuard has been setting the standard for quality and excellence in North Florida since 1989, and we’re ready to bring it to YOU!