If you’re a resident of Florida, then you know that hurricane season is already upon us.
Florida experiences some of the most sporadic and intense rains during hurricane season. But, during an actual hurricane, the winds and rains can get very intense once it passes a certain category.
Strong winds can send objects flying in the air like trash cans, rocks, coconuts (yes, coconuts), bricks, and even other small objects that can crack your windows and possibly send them flying through your home as well. Beyond the cosmetic damage, flying objects being hurled into your home pose a huge threat to the livelihood of the household as well.
This is when proper and safe window treatment during hurricane season is very important to keep not only your windows, but your family and entire home safe as well.
Hurricane season is a time of the year starting from June 1 to November 30 (approximately) when rain starts to get more consistent and hurricanes start to form in the Atlantic. As of right now, there are 17 confirmed hurricanes that will form in 2021. Although most of these just end up dying out after barely becoming category 1 hurricanes, some of these hurricanes can cause irreparable damage to your house.
This is why it’s so important to have your window treatment done properly by professionals and to also have the proper hurricane proof windows. Whether that is buying sturdier glass, shutters, or both.
Hurricane proof windows are windows that have better durability and can withstand impact from certain objects. This is perfect for hurricane season since during the storms you can be more assured that your windows won’t just simply crack because of the flying object.
These windows are known as impact windows. After hurricane Andrew, many homes and apartments in Miami started to be built/reinforced with impact windows to make sure that the destruction that hurricane Andrew left never happened again.
Impact windows are made of two shatter-resistant glass panes, a middle layer of PVB, resin, or EVA that holds the two pieces of glass together, and then a steel or aluminum frame to keep it together.
However, not all double pane windows are impact windows. Impact windows, especially in South Florida, have to go through a certain testing process to ensure that they are up to industry and weather standards.
One of the tests that impact windows must pass are projectile tests. The large projectile test consists of throwing a 9 pound 2x4 wood panel at 80 feet/second at the impact window. If the glass doesn’t shatter, it has passed the test. The second test is a small projectile test. The small projectile test is throwing small rocks and pebbles at 80 feet/second to ensure that the impact window can withstand small projectiles as well.
No kind of window treatment will give you the kind of protection you need from hurricane level winds, at least in South Florida.
Although window treatments like roller shades and wooden blinds are seen as solely aesthetic treatments, they also have a practical use as well. Window treatment solutions can protect your home from UV lights as well. Here are ShadeMonster’s top choices for practicality and protection from the sun:
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