Monday, January 14, 2008

Benefits of Installing Impact Windows

In addition to hurricane protection, installing impact-resistant windows and doors provides other important benefits:

BURGLARY PROTECTION
Impact windows’ and doors’ main design characteristics are the shatter-resistant glass securely fastened to a heavy-duty aluminum frame. The impact-resistant glazing consists of two layers of annealed or tempered glass bonded to an intermediate layer of a shatter-proof membrane. This membrane is typically made of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB), a plastic film which varies from .015 to .090 inches in thickness, depending on the design pressures needed. If the outer glass breaks, the shattered pieces will adhere to the PVB film. In contrast, standard-glass windows are made of standard float glass that, when broken, will fracture in large sharp shards. Given these characteristics, it is very difficult for an intruder to break into a house through an opening with impact-resistant glass.

IMPROVED ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Impact windows and doors are built of heavy-duty aluminum frame with double glazing panes which make the windows much more energy efficient. Impact windows provide excellent insulating capabilities, helping isolate interior spaces from the outdoor weather changes and contributing to important utility bill savings.

INSURANCE PREMIUM DISCOUNTS
If all of the house openings are protected with impact-resistant windows or doors, policyholders can obtain up to 45% premium discounts. In order to apply for the discount, homeowners need to call a home inspection company so they perform a wind certification inspection. Check with your insurance carrier to obtain more information on the process.

SIGNIFICANT NOISE REDUCTION
Impact-resistant windows and doors help reduce outdoor noise significantly. Homeowner testimonials confirm that impact-resistant glass is a great contributor to bringing peace and quiet environments inside the house or property. For people who live near busy intersections, highways or heavy traffic, installing windows and doors have proven to be an effective noise attenuation solution.

MAXIMUM UV PROTECTION
Impact-resistant windows and doors provide 99% blockage of ultraviolet (U-V) light, protecting valuable interiors, including your favorite photographs, loveseat, Persian rug and even flooring, from fading or discoloring after repeated exposure to direct sunlight. This characteristic is particular important Florida residents who enjoy the direct sunshine all-year round.

Visit Astor Impact Windows for information about purchasing impact windows and doors. You can also email us at sales@astorusa.com or call us at 1-800-573-1780.

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