Your home in Florida will likely require specialized window treatment due to the unique violent storms that take place here. One thing remains true of nearly every homeowner in Florida; each is looking for hurricane protection, security from intruders, noise reduction, lower energy consumption, lower insurance costs and an improvement in the value of their homes. We all want our home to reflect our style and good taste. There are many window and glass door styles and types that will suit your various needs and meet your home enhancement objectives.
The quality of the window installation is critical to the success of any window replacement project. By using high quality materials and properly sealing each window opening, the window replacement activity offers you an opportunity to address existing or potential water infiltration problems. In addition, you will benefit from energy efficiency. The benefits come in the form of cost reduction and room temperature comfort, and these benefits can range from slight to significant depending upon the window product types you select. One of our most important services, is that we help guide you through the window selection process to achieve the result that best meets your objectives and your cost expectation.
Impact Windows are also known as “Storm” or “Hurricane” windows. Impact windows have three major benefits. The primary benefit is to protect your home and property from potential storm damage that can be caused by severe weather conditions. Secondly, Impact Windows provide the same protection against home invasion or break-ins. And last but certainly not least, the most popular and immediate benefit we hear about is the 70% reduction in noise from outside sources.
Impact Windows cost substantially more than other hurricane protection options such as shutters and panels. However, Impact Windows have a much longer life and don’t require any maintenance (accordion shutters) or storage space (hurricane panels). Impact Windows are a passive form or hurricane protection as opposed to shutters that must be closed, or panels that require time and effort to stage, hang and attach. Impact Windows allow the natural light to penetrate and allow you to view outside whereas shutters and panels do not. Finally, shutters and panel tracks may detract from the home’s appearance whereas Impact Windows enhance the appearance of the home. Impact windows are clearly the preferred form of protection.
The most common window types include:
· Single Hung aka “Up & Down” windows
· Horizontal Roller aka “Side-to-Side Sliding” windows
· Casement which crank open in an outward direction
· Fixed aka “Picture” windows are available in numerous shapes including rectangle, half circle, eyebrow, arch, fan, circle and other shapes
Insulated glass windows are also known as “Double Pane” windows. Insulated glass can be described as two panes of glass separated by a spacer that seals air space. The primary benefit of insulated glass windows is energy efficiency in the form of lower heat penetration. Insulated glass windows must be ordered with Low-Emissivity (“Low-E”) film/coating to achieve the desired reduction in heat penetration. This Low-E film is laminated in between the glass. The heat reduction translates to lower energy cost and a more comfortable setting in rooms with intense sunlight exposure. Insulated glass is available on doors as well as windows.
The glass with Low-E film has a slight greenish tint and/or a reflective appearance. This Low-E coating is available in non-insulated impact glass as well as insulated impact glass. Virtually all new homes have glass with Low-E coating in order to meet the required energy loads. Most homeowners with east-west- south sun exposure will elect to have Low-E coating/film. Most of our customers select this product for their impact windows, but do not opt for the insulated glass because they are concerned about the failure of the insulated glass spacer seal which has been a problem. According to the manufacturer’s performance labels on the glass, the Low-E coating on impact glass will provide approximately 70% of the performance of the Low-E coating on insulated glass. And this 70% performance will be achieved at a much lower price.