19 12, 2020

Top 10 Reasons to replace your old windows with Impact Windows.

By |2020-12-19T16:55:19+00:00December 19, 2020|Impact Windows|

  1. Impact Windows, also known as Hurricane Windows, provide turnkey protection against major storms.

Hurricane or Impact Windows main function is to provide protection from wind, water and wind born debris in the event of a storm. Impact-resistant glazing, also known as hurricane windows, are windows that have been tested for wind loads and wind-borne debris. Broward, Coastal Palm Beach and Miami-Dade are located in a High Velocity Wind Zone and Impact Windows must meet the most stringent testing requirements. Impact windows are laminated glass consisting of two or more clear panes of glass bonded together with a clear plastic-like film (usually polyvinyl butyral) sandwich between the two panes. If cracked or broken the glass fragments will adhere to the plastic interlayer preventing water, wind or debris from entering the home. Impact windows generally have heavier frames than regular residential windows. If a storm does threaten, your home is hurricane ready with no worry about hanging up plywood or putting up hurricane shutters.

2. Impact Windows provide a tremendous return on investment.

Are impact windows and doors worth the cost? In South Florida there is no doubt you will instantly receive a nice return on your investment. When it comes time to sell your home having new impact windows will return on average 70 to 77 percent of the cost. Replacing older windows is always listed in the top 10 for the best ROI by real estate and remodeling websites.

3. You may save money on your homeowners insurance

South Florida has the highest homeowners insurance rates in the state. Windstorm coverage is a special type of property-casualty insurance that protects policyholders from property damage caused by hurricanes and tornados.  Adding impact windows and impact doors, along with an impact garage door can provide a substantial discount on the wind mitigation portion of your policy.

4. Adding impact windows will be a great selling point when you decide to leave your home.

A common real estate adage says “kitchens sell houses”, however a mid-range kitchen remodel will have an ROI of only 59 percent. In hurricane prone South Florida, outdated windows and doors that require you to hang up shutters when a storm approaches will often deter buyers who are looking for safety and security. Buyers will most certainly request a credit for new windows. Moreover, before you sell your home you will get to enjoy turnkey storm protection, energy efficiency, better sound proofing and tremendous curb appeal. Having impact windows is a great selling point and can help you get top dollar when it comes time to sell your home.

5. Additional security.

Not only do you get protection from storms, but thieves know that it is virtually impossible to break through hurricane windows. Breaking and entering through a window is one of the primary ways thieves gain entrance to your home.  Once a thief sees that you have impact widows they will often move on to find a home that is an easier target. 

6. Adding Impact Windows will give your home amazing curb appeal.

Windows making up on average 35 percent of the exterior of any home.  Replacing your tired looking and non-functioning windows with new impact windows will give your home an updated and fresh look. 

7. There are special financing options that can make replacement impact widows an affordable option.

GM – Doors, Window and Screen offers financing options to qualified property owners to make energy efficiency and wind resistance improvement and repairs through Ygrene’s Property Accessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. Here is how it works – property owners can get up to 100% financing based upon available home equity, ability to pay, along with other factors. The funding is repaid through an assessment included on the annual property tax bill. Wind resistant improvements include wind-rated / hurricane resistant windows, doors and storm shutters. The PACE program is not based upon credit score, pays the contractor directly, stretches payments out over terms up to 30 years and is at a fixed interest rate.

8. New Impact Windows will help reduce your energy bills. 

Old windows often leak air causing your air conditioner to continuously run driving up your energy costs. New impact windows will keep your home air tight. Radiant energy from the sun is another way windows transfer heat.  You can opt for tinted windows that will provide greater energy efficiency by reducing radiant heat. 

9. Adding a tint to new impact windows will reduce Ultra Violet (UV) light that causes items in your home to fade.     

The inner filling of new impact windows can be ordered in various color tints to help reduce UV damage. UV light from the sun over time does plenty of damage to the contents of your home – including artwork, furniture, wood floors, carpets and home furnishing.  

10. Impact windows significantly reduce outside noise.

Because of their thickness Impact Windows provide insulation from the amount of outside sounds coming into the home. You will immediately notice the peace and quiet provided by new impact windows.  

GM – Door, Window & Screen is a family owned and operated business operating since 1968 that specializes in impact replacement windows and doors.  With our own in-house installation team we provide the finest products and will work within your budget.  Give us a call for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

24 03, 2024

You have been considering replacing your old windows and exterior doors with hurricane-rated products, and here is why you should move forward.

By |2024-03-24T15:52:45+00:00March 24, 2024|Condominium Window Replacement, Hurricane doors, Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

  • If you are not a year-round resident or go on vacation, this will free you up from coordinating or paying for hurricane protection to be installed in your home in the event a storm threatens. 
  • Putting up shutters can be physically demanding and dangerous, especially if you have a second floor. Having impact-resistant windows and doors means you are always ready if a storm threatens, giving you more time to do other necessary things to prepare for a storm. 
  • While they protect against hurricanes, roll-down or accordion-style shutters detract from the look of your home. These are permanently attached to the house and appear unsightly when not in use. 
  • Storage – shutters or plywood take up valuable garage space.
  • Nothing gives your home more of a facelift than getting new windows and exterior doors. Aside from tremendous curb appeal, your home is always protected with hurricane-rated windows and doors. 
  • When it comes time to sell a home, if you have new impact windows and doors, your home will move faster and at higher asking prices, providing a return on your investment.  

If you want to replace your old windows and exterior doors, call the pros at GM- Door, Window & Screen. We offer quality and great value. Selecting impact-rated replacement windows and a perfect front door can be overwhelming, but our expert staff will guide you through the process. From choosing the ideal style for your home to your final inspection, we walk you through the entire process. At GM, our in-house team of installation professionals will ensure the job is done correctly.   We are family-owned and operated and have been in business since 1968. Call us for a Free Estimate – (954) 797-0797. 

27 02, 2024

2024 is Expected to be a very lively Hurricane Season

By |2024-02-27T20:47:59+00:00February 27, 2024|Door Category, Hurricane doors, Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

AccuWeather is predicting 2024 to be a very strong hurricane season. The current El Nino pattern, which produces high-level winds that weaken storms, gives way to a La Nina pattern, which is more favorable for storms. This coupled with warmer than usual Atlantic waters, should point to a very busy storm season. 

The La Nina storm pattern was in place during the 2005 and 2020 storm seasons, tied to the most active storm seasons in history with 31 tropical systems. 

At the end of January, the water temperatures for storms in the Main Development Region were 65 percent higher than the next closest year. Because of these unusually warm water temperatures, this gives storms the potential for rapid intensification, even close to land. 

Hurricane windows and doors ensure you are always ready should a storm threaten. 

Count on the GM – Door, Window & Screen experts to prepare your home for storm season. GM – Door, Window & Screen is family-owned and operated, and the company has been in business since 1968.   We have our own in-house installation teams. Call us for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797. 

29 01, 2024

Are Hurricane / Impact Windows built to withstand a Category 5 Hurricane?

By |2024-01-29T20:17:29+00:00January 29, 2024|Condominium Window Replacement, Homeowner Insurance Savings, Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

Impact windows, also known as hurricane windows, are designed to withstand a Category 5 hurricane, but many other factors come into play when facing a storm. Please note it is advisable to evacuate as directed by local authorities when facing a major hurricane.

Ever since Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Miami-Dade County and Broward County have implemented the strictest building codes in the country to deal with threatening storms. Often, you will hear windows identified as Miami-Dade-approved windows. The code requires windows to have a design pressure (DP) rating of at least +/- 60 to protect against a hurricane.  A DP rating measures the strength of a window against winds. Standard residential windows have DP values between 15 and 50. A DP 15 window can withstand winds of roughly 77 mph before shattering, while a DP 50 window can withstand winds up to 173 mph. 

Impact windows and glass impact doors are made with impact-resistant laminated glass consisting of two or more clear panes of glass bonded together with a clear plastic-like film (usually polyvinyl butyral) sandwich between two panes. If cracked or broken, the glass fragments will adhere to the plastic interlayer, preventing water, wind, or debris from entering the home. Impact windows and doors generally have heavier frames than regular residential windows.

It is essential that your replacement windows meet the code requirements for your area’s minimum wind speed, exposure, and structural type. Broward and Miami-Dade Counties are located in a High-Velocity Hurricane Zone.

How hurricane windows are tested

New hurricane impact windows have a sticker that shows the pressure rating and that it have been impact tested. This sticker must remain on the window for the city inspector to give final approval for the job.

Design Pressure Rating / Wind Load  

Building codes require windows to be wind load tested. Wind load rating is the amount of air pressure that can be exerted against the window without causing it to fail. This pressure is measured against the outside of the window (called the positive pressure) and against the inside of the window (the negative pressure). Impact windows are engineered and manufactured to meet a design pressure rating. An independent laboratory tests the window to 150% of the design pressure rating. This is the test pressure rating. The design and test pressure ratings are stated in the pressure per square foot (psf).

Impact Rating

Impact windows are tested to simulate the impact of wind-blown debris during a hurricane. The test involves twice launching a 9-pound, 2×4 piece of lumber at the glass at 50 feet per second, which is considered a “large missile.” To test for “small missiles,” ten 2g steel balls are simultaneously launched at 89mph three separate times.

Hurricane Ratings

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a classification system used to measure and categorize hurricanes based on their wind speed and potential for damage. Understanding this scale is crucial in assessing the severity of a hurricane and determining the necessary evacuation and preparation measures.

Categories of the Saffir-Simpson Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Scale is a classification system that categorizes hurricanes based on their wind speeds and potential for damage. It provides valuable information to help communities prepare and respond to these powerful storms. Let’s explore each category in more detail:

Category 1 Hurricanes

Category 1 hurricanes have wind speeds of 74-95 MPH. While they are considered relatively weak compared to higher categories, they can still pose a threat. These hurricanes have the potential to cause damage to roofs, trees, and power lines. Additionally, storm surge heights typically range between 4-5 feet, which can lead to coastal flooding and erosion.

Category 2 Hurricanes

Category 2 hurricanes have wind speeds of 96-110 MPH. These hurricanes are stronger than Category 1 and can cause more extensive damage. With their increased wind speeds, they have the ability to uproot trees, damage structures, and lead to prolonged power outages. Storm surge heights range between 6-8 feet, posing a significant risk to coastal regions and increasing the potential for flooding.

It is worth noting that categories 1 and 2 are still considered relatively moderate hurricanes. However, their destructive potential should not be underestimated, and appropriate precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of individuals and communities.

Category 3 Hurricanes

Category 3 hurricanes have wind speeds of 111-129 MPH. These hurricanes are classified as major hurricanes and can cause significant damage. With their powerful winds, they have the ability to cause extensive damage to buildings, infrastructure, and vegetation. Storm surge heights can reach 9-12 feet, posing a severe threat to coastal areas and increasing the risk of widespread flooding.

Category 3 hurricanes are often associated with extensive power outages, flooding, and the potential for significant structural damage. As a result, evacuation is typically recommended for individuals in affected areas to ensure their safety and well-being.

Category 4 Hurricanes

Category 4 hurricanes have wind speeds of 130-156 MPH. These hurricanes are considered extremely dangerous and have the potential to cause catastrophic damage. With their intense winds, they can completely destroy buildings, uproot large trees, and lead to widespread power outages. Storm surge heights can exceed 13 feet, posing a major threat to coastal regions and increasing the risk of devastating flooding.

It is crucial to heed evacuation orders for Category 4 hurricanes, as the potential for injury and loss of life is high. These hurricanes can have a long-lasting impact on affected areas and may require significant recovery efforts to rebuild and restore essential services.

Category 5 Hurricanes

Category 5 hurricanes have wind speeds exceeding 157 MPH. These hurricanes are the most severe and have the potential for catastrophic damage. With their extremely powerful winds, they can completely destroy buildings, uproot trees, and cause prolonged power outages. Storm surge heights can reach over 18 feet, posing an extreme threat to coastal areas and increasing the risk of devastating flooding.

When facing a Category 5 hurricane, it is imperative to evacuate immediately. The potential for devastating impacts is high, and individuals should prioritize their safety and follow official guidance. These hurricanes can leave a trail of destruction in their wake, and communities may require extensive support and resources to recover.

Understanding the different categories of hurricanes is essential for preparedness and response efforts. By being aware of the potential impacts associated with each category, individuals and communities can take appropriate measures to protect themselves, mitigate damage, and ensure a swift recovery.

Over the years, the scale has undergone several revisions and refinements to improve its accuracy. Meteorologists and scientists have analyzed data from numerous hurricanes, studying their impact and wind speeds to further enhance the scale’s ability to predict the potential damage caused by these powerful storms.

Home Preparation

There are no guarantees if a major storm hits. Still, if you install impact windows, hurricane-rated entrance doors, an impact-rated garage door, and a new roof attached with hurricane straps, you will ensure your home is always ready if a storm threatens. There are also issues to be concerned about if you are in a flood zone or near the coast where storm surges could cause significant damage.  To qualify for discounts on your homeowner’s policy, every opening on your home must have a hurricane-rated product in place, and you should consider flood insurance.  

GM Door, Window & Screen has the most affordable solutions for your home remodeling project. We specialize in the installation of hurricane-ready / impact windows, sliding doors, and entrance doors. In business since 1968, we have been family-owned and operated. GM takes your vision and works within your budget to provide the perfect finished product. Upgrade and make your home safe from storms with new doors, windows, shutters, and more. Call today for a free estimate (954) 797-0797.  

24 12, 2023

What is the best lock and hardware for an entrance door?

By |2023-12-24T19:10:48+00:00December 24, 2023|Door Category, Hurricane doors|

What is the best lock and hardware for an entrance door?

In today’s world, ensuring the security of our homes is of utmost importance. Kicking in an entrance, side, or back door is most often how thieves gain entrance to a home. Or if a hurricane threatens, you want to ensure your home is protected. One crucial aspect of home security is selecting the right lock and hardware for your entrance doors. With numerous options available in the market, it can be overwhelming to determine the best choice. Selecting an impact-rated entrance door and quality hardware and locks provides greater security for your home. This article aims to provide you with valuable insights and guidance to make an informed decision when it comes to securing your entryway.

Understanding the Importance of Quality Door Hardware

A well-designed, sturdy, impact-rated entrance door is only as secure as the lock and hardware accompanying it. Quality door hardware plays a vital role in enhancing home security. It not only acts as a deterrent for potential burglars but also ensures the safety of your loved ones and belongings. High-quality door hardware provides peace of mind, knowing that your entrance is fortified with reliable mechanisms.

When it comes to protecting your home, every component matters. Door hardware serves as the first line of defense against unauthorized entry. An impact-rated hurricane entrance door coupled with the right lock, handles, and knobs can prevent break-ins and keep your family safe and protect your home should a storm threaten. By investing in robust door hardware, you are investing in your home’s overall security and well-being.

But what exactly makes quality door hardware so important? Let’s dive deeper into the role it plays in home security.

The Role of Door Hardware in Home Security

Door hardware is not just about aesthetics; it is a crucial aspect of home security. The lock on your door is the primary barrier between your home and potential intruders. High-quality locks are designed to withstand various tampering techniques, such as picking or bumping. They provide an added layer of protection, making it difficult for burglars to gain unauthorized access.

Additionally, the handles and knobs on your door should also be sturdy and durable. Weak or flimsy hardware can be easily broken or manipulated, compromising the security of your home. Quality door hardware ensures all components work together seamlessly, providing maximum protection.

Furthermore, reputable door hardware manufacturers often incorporate advanced technologies into their products. These technologies can include features like keyless entry systems, smart locks, and biometric authentication. These innovations enhance convenience and bolster security by offering additional layers of protection.

It’s important to note that door hardware is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Different types of doors require different hardware configurations. For example, exterior doors may require more robust locks compared to interior doors. Understanding the specific security needs of each entry point in your home is crucial in selecting the right door hardware.

Aesthetic Considerations for Door Hardware

While security is paramount, aesthetics should not be disregarded. Door hardware plays a significant role in the overall visual appeal of your entrance. The right choice can enhance your home’s curb appeal while seamlessly blending with the architectural style.

When selecting door hardware, consider the available design, finish, and material options. There are many styles to choose from, including traditional, modern, rustic, and more. You can select hardware that complements the existing design elements of your home, creating a cohesive and visually pleasing look.

The finish of the door hardware is another important consideration. Popular finishes include polished brass, brushed nickel, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black. Each finish offers a unique aesthetic appeal and can add character to your entrance.

Material choice is also crucial in ensuring both durability and visual appeal. Common materials used for door hardware include brass, stainless steel, and bronze. Each material has unique properties, such as resistance to corrosion or the ability to withstand harsh weather conditions.

In conclusion, quality door hardware is essential for both security and aesthetics. By investing in high-quality locks, handles, and knobs, you can protect your home from potential break-ins while enhancing its overall visual appeal.

Types of Door Locks and Their Features

Now that we understand the importance of quality door hardware let’s explore the different types of door locks available, each with its unique features and benefits.

Deadbolt Locks: A Reliable Choice

Deadbolt locks are widely regarded as one of the most reliable options. They offer exceptional resistance against forced entry due to their solid construction and one-inch bolts that deeply penetrate the doorjamb. Deadbolts come in single and double-cylinder variations, providing flexibility and increased security levels based on your preferences.

In addition to their robust construction, deadbolt locks offer other features that make them a popular choice for homeowners. Some deadbolts have a hardened steel insert in the bolt, making them even more resistant to sawing or cutting attempts. Others have anti-drill plates that prevent burglars from drilling through the lock. These added features provide an extra layer of security and peace of mind.

Furthermore, deadbolt locks are available in a variety of finishes, allowing you to choose one that matches your door’s aesthetics. Whether you prefer a sleek and modern look or a more traditional style, there is a deadbolt lock to suit your taste.

Three-Point Locking System – A More Secure Option

Often a three point locking system will have a latch that locks the door to the top or the bottom of the door frame, along with a deadbolt lock. A three point lock protects an entrance door from being kicked in by thieves and secures the door in the event of a hurricane.

Often, impact-rated entrance doors come with a built-in three-point locking system. A deadbolt is a single-point locking system, but a three-point locking system also secures the door to the frame at the top and the bottom in addition to a regular deadbolt lock for additional security against break-ins and this also makes the door significantly more resistant to failure in the event of a hurricane. 

Impact entrance doors have beefier frames and hardware.  The door frames have use more and larger screws to securely fastened the frame to the house, adding strength.   

Smart Locks: Convenience and Security

With technological advancements, smart locks have gained popularity in recent years. These locks offer convenience and enhanced security features. With the ability to control and monitor your door remotely via a smartphone app, smart locks provide flexibility and peace of mind.

One of the key features of smart locks is keyless entry. Instead of fumbling for keys, you can simply use a entry code on a keypad, a fingerprint scanner, or even your smartphone to unlock the door. This eliminates the need for physical keys and the risk of losing them. Additionally, smart locks allow you to grant temporary access codes to family members, friends, or service providers, ensuring that you have control over who enters your home.

Another advantage of smart locks is their integration with home automation systems. You can connect your smart lock to other devices in your home, such as security cameras or smart speakers, creating a comprehensive smart home security system. This integration allows you to receive real-time notifications and monitor your door’s activity, enhancing your home’s security.

Mortise Locks: Traditional and Durable

Mortise locks have stood the test of time and are known for their durability. These locks are installed within the door, offering a secure and robust locking mechanism. Mortise locks combine a deadbolt and a latch, making them more difficult to tamper.

In addition to their security features, mortise locks are favored by those who appreciate traditional aesthetics. They often have intricate designs and decorative plates, adding a touch of elegance to your door. Whether you have a vintage-inspired home or a classic interior, mortise locks can complement your style.

Furthermore, mortise locks are built to last. Their solid construction and high-quality materials ensure they can withstand frequent use and wear and tear. This durability makes them an excellent long-term investment for homeowners who value reliability.

Selecting the Right Door Handles and Knobs

While locks form the foundation of a secure entrance, door handles, and knobs complete the overall functionality and appearance. Let’s delve into the different considerations when selecting these essential components.

When it comes to choosing the right door handles and knobs, there are several factors to take into account. One of the first decisions you’ll need to make is whether you prefer door handles or door knobs. While both options serve the same purpose of allowing you to open and close your doors, they differ in design and functionality.

Door Handles vs. Door Knobs: What’s the Difference?

Door handles offer a more ergonomic, easy-to-grip option, making them suitable for individuals with mobility restrictions. They come in various styles, including lever handles, which can be operated with a simple push-down or pull-up motion. Lever handles are particularly convenient for those with limited hand strength or dexterity.

On the other hand, door knobs provide a sleek and traditional look. They are often associated with classic and vintage designs, adding a touch of elegance to your doors. However, it’s important to consider the practicality of door knobs, especially for those with arthritis or other hand conditions that may make gripping and turning difficult.

When deciding between door handles and door knobs, it’s crucial to consider the overall style of your home and personal preferences. If you’re aiming for a modern and contemporary look, door handles might be the better choice. However, if you’re going for a more traditional or antique aesthetic, door knobs can be a great option.

Material Choices for Handles and Knobs

The material of your door handles and knobs can greatly impact both the aesthetic appeal and durability. Popular material choices include brass, stainless steel, and bronze.

Brass handles and knobs are known for their timeless beauty and warm, golden tones. They can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any door. Additionally, brass is highly resistant to corrosion, making it a durable choice that can withstand the test of time.

Stainless steel handles and knobs offer a sleek and modern look. They are known for their durability and resistance to rust and tarnish. Stainless steel is also easy to clean, making it a low-maintenance option for busy households.

Bronze handles and knobs provide a unique and rustic charm. They often feature intricate designs and a rich, deep color that can enhance the overall aesthetic of your doors. Bronze is a durable material that develops a beautiful patina over time, adding character and personality to your home.

When selecting the material for your door handles and knobs, it’s important to choose one that not only complements your interior and exterior design but also stands up to daily wear and tear. Consider factors such as the climate in your area, the frequency of use, and the level of maintenance you’re willing to commit to.

Installation and Maintenance of Door Hardware

After carefully selecting the ideal lock and hardware for your entrance door, it is essential to consider proper installation and maintenance to maximize their effectiveness.

Professional Installation vs. DIY

While some homeowners may choose to install door hardware themselves, professional installation offers several advantages. Professionals possess the knowledge, experience, and specialized tools required for a precise and secure installation. Professional installation ensures optimal performance and reduces the risk of potential errors or vulnerabilities.

Keeping Your Door Hardware in Top Condition

Regular maintenance is essential to maintain the longevity and effectiveness of your door hardware. Lubricating moving parts, checking for loose screws, and inspecting for any signs of wear and tear are simple yet effective methods to ensure your hardware functions smoothly and remains secure over time.

In conclusion, selecting the best lock and hardware for your entrance door requires careful consideration of security and aesthetics. By understanding the importance of quality door hardware, exploring various lock types and features, and considering additional security options, you can make an informed decision ensuring your home’s safety and appeal. Remember, professional installation and regular maintenance are key to maximizing the performance and lifespan of your door hardware. Invest wisely, and rest assured that your entrance is safeguarded against potential threats.

22 11, 2023

The Different Types of Impact Windows: A Comprehensive Guide

By |2023-11-22T21:59:39+00:00November 22, 2023|Condominium Window Replacement, Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

Impact windows, also known as hurricane windows, play a crucial role in our homes, allowing natural light to filter in and providing views of the outside world. And in South Florida, they can play a critical role in protecting your home in the event of a hurricane. There are various types of impact windows to choose from, each with its unique features and benefits. In this comprehensive guide, we will explore the different types of windows available today, helping you decide when selecting windows for your home.

Impact Glass Sliders

Understanding Impact Window Basics

Before delving into the various types of impact windows, it’s essential to understand some window basics. Hurricane windows enhance a home’s aesthetics and affect its energy efficiency and overall functionality. In addition, impact-rated windows can provide protection should a storm threaten and provide added security against intruders. Proper window selection can improve insulation, lower energy costs, give your home a beautiful facelift, and increase comfort. Hurricane or impact windows and doors are made with heavy-duty frames and impact-resistant laminated glass. Broward County, the coast of Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County are in a High-Velocity Wind Zone. Impact windows are tested to meet the most stringent building codes in the country. Although the glass may crack when hit by wind-borne debris or an attempted break-in, the window is designed not to fail and compromise your home’s envelope.

Window Materials and Their Properties

When selecting impact windows, it’s essential to consider the materials they are made from and their associated properties. Common window materials include vinyl, wood, aluminum, and fiberglass, but in South Florida’s harsh environment, vinyl and aluminum are your best choices. 

Vinyl windows are known for their durability and low maintenance requirements. They are resistant to rot, corrosion, and fading, making them an excellent choice for homeowners seeking long-lasting, hassle-free windows. Additionally, vinyl windows offer good insulation properties, helping to keep the interior comfortable and energy-efficient.

Aluminum impact windows are also known for their strength, allowing for larger window sizes and expansive views. In addition, aluminum impact widows are very durable and can last 30 years or more with proper care. They are resistant to rust and corrosion, making them ideal for coastal areas or regions with high humidity.

Window Styles

Horizontal Slider Windows

Horizontal Rollers

These windows are straightforward to operate, with the widow sliding open from side to side, similar to a sliding glass door. Large panes of glass provide excellent views and give the home a contemporary, modern look.  

This window type operates by sliding up the lower, operable sash, and the top is a fixed window sash. Another way to put it is that the bottom portion slides up and down while the top remains stationary. Single-hung windows provide a more traditional look to a home. 

Single Hung Window

Single Hung

This window type operates by sliding up the lower, operable sash, and the top is a fixed window sash. Another way to put it is that the bottom portion slides up and down while the top remains stationary. Single-hung windows provide a more traditional look to a home. 

Single Hung

Casement Window

Casement Windows

This type of window opens with hinges at the side and opens outward right or left, typically with a crank handle. Casement windows need regular maintenance as the hinge arm that opens with the window is often subject to binding, getting stuck, or damaged.   Often this is a good slection for a small opening, but need to be able to open the window for ventilation purposes. 

Octagon Fixed Window

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows, or stationary windows, do not open or close. They are designed to let in natural light and offer unobstructed views. This window type is typically used when ventilation is not a primary concern, but aesthetics and natural light are essential. Fixed windows are a popular choice for modern architectural designs.

Picture Window flanked by a pair of Slider Windows

Picture Windows

Picture windows are large, single-pane windows that provide expansive views of the surroundings. They are often used as focal points to showcase scenic views or architectural features. Picture windows are excellent choices for rooms with abundant natural light and scenery.

Transom Window installed over Slider Windows

Transom Windows

Transom windows are windows installed above doors or other windows. They are usually decorative and serve the purpose of allowing additional light into a room. Transom windows can be fixed or operable, depending on the desired functionality.

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows consist of two sashes that slide vertically within a frame. They can be opened from the top or bottom, allowing airflow control. These windows are popular due to their traditional look and easy maintenance. Double-hung windows are not a common choice for homes in South Florida. 

Specialty Windows

Specialty windows are designed to add unique visual appeal and architectural interest to a home. They come in various shapes and styles, allowing homeowners to customize the look of their house.

Impact Glass Door with a pair of Side Light Windows and a Trapezoid Fixed Transom Window.

Side Light Windows

These windows are placed next to entrance doors, allowing natural light to brighten the house’s entrance.   An impact-rated entrance door with obscure glass is another great way to add more natural light to an entryway and can be matched with the side light window.     

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are larger windows that protrude from the exterior wall, creating a dramatic and panoramic view. Bay windows typically consist of a central fixed window flanked by two operable windows, while bow windows are curved and typically consist of four or more windows. These windows not only provide additional interior space but also enhance the aesthetic appeal of a room.

Palladian Windows

Palladian windows are large, arched windows with smaller rectangular windows on each side. These windows are often featured in classical architecture and add a touch of elegance to any home.

With this comprehensive guide to the different types of windows, you can now make an informed decision when selecting windows for your home. With impact windows, you will always be ready should a storm threaten. 

GM – Door, Window, and Screen is a family-owned and operated company that has been doing business in South Florida since 1968. We pride ourselves on providing the best products with experienced in-house craftsmen who will handle your installation. Call us for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.    

25 10, 2023

Types of tints available for hurricane windows and glass impact entrance doors

By |2023-10-25T21:02:17+00:00October 25, 2023|Hurricane doors, Hurricane Windows|

Discover the various types of tints that can be applied to hurricane windows and glass impact entrance doors to enhance their functionality and aesthetics.

Hurricane windows and entrance doors are vital in protecting homes and buildings from the destructive forces of hurricanes and tropical storms. Not only are they designed to withstand high winds and impact from debris, but they can also provide additional benefits such as energy efficiency and enhanced privacy. One important feature of hurricane windows is the availability of different tints, which can further enhance their functionality and aesthetic appeal.

Exploring Different Tints for Hurricane Windows

While the primary purpose of hurricane windows is safety, the availability of different tints offers homeowners additional benefits and customization options. Tinted hurricane windows not only provide protection against harsh sunlight but can also enhance privacy and improve energy efficiency. When choosing a tint for hurricane windows, homeowners should consider their specific needs and preferences.

Benefits of Tinted Hurricane Windows

Tinted hurricane windows offer several advantages beyond the standard protection provided by clear glass windows. One of the main benefits is their ability to reduce glare and block harmful UV rays from entering the building. This protects the interior from fading and creates a more comfortable and visually appealing environment.

Imagine sitting in your living room, enjoying the beautiful view outside, without being bothered by the blinding sunlight. You can experience the perfect balance of natural light and shade with tinted hurricane windows. The tinted glass acts as a shield, filtering out the sun’s harsh rays while allowing enough light to brighten up your space.

Furthermore, the reduction of UV rays protects your furniture, flooring, and artwork from fading and protects your skin from potential damage caused by prolonged exposure to the sun. Tinted hurricane windows provide an added layer of defense against the harmful effects of UV radiation.

Another advantage of tinted hurricane windows is the increased privacy they offer. By limiting the view from the outside, these windows ensure that your personal space remains just that – personal. Whether you live in a bustling neighborhood or simply prefer to keep prying eyes at bay, tinted windows provide the perfect solution. You can enjoy the comfort and security of your home without compromising on privacy.

Factors to Consider When Choosing a Tint

When selecting a tint for hurricane windows, there are several factors homeowners should consider. The first is the amount of natural light desired in the space. Tints range from light to dark, with darker tints offering greater light reduction.

A lighter tint may be more suitable for rooms requiring ample natural light, such as a sunroom or an art studio. This allows for a brighter and more vibrant atmosphere while still benefiting from the added protection of tinted hurricane windows. On the other hand, if you prefer a cozy and intimate ambiance, a darker tint can create a sense of seclusion and tranquility.

Energy efficiency is another crucial factor to consider when choosing a tint. Some tints may provide higher solar heat rejection, resulting in decreased cooling costs during the summer months. Tinted hurricane windows can help regulate the indoor temperature, making your space more comfortable and reducing the strain on your air conditioning system by reducing the amount of heat that enters your home. It is also essential to consider the orientation of the windows and the amount of direct sunlight they receive throughout the day, as this can affect the overall energy savings.

Lastly, homeowners should consider the overall aesthetic appeal and how the desired tint fits with the style of their home or building. Tinted hurricane windows come in various shades, from subtle bronze to deep charcoal. By selecting a tint that complements your property’s architectural design and color palette, you can enhance its visual appeal and create a cohesive look.

Whether you prioritize privacy, energy efficiency, or simply want to add a touch of elegance to your home, tinted hurricane windows offer a range of benefits. With careful consideration of your specific needs and preferences, you can find the perfect tint that provides protection and enhances the overall comfort and beauty of your living space.

In-depth Look at Various Tint Types

Several types of tints are available for hurricane windows, each with unique properties and benefits. By understanding the different options, homeowners can make an informed decision based on their individual needs and budget.

Tint Colors

There is a wide variety of color choices available. You should select a tint color that will work with the color palette of your home and the color of the window frames. Popular tint colors include gray, dark gray, bronze, green, and blue.

Obscure Tinting

If you have a glass front entrance door, it is a good idea to have an obscure tint that does not allow people to see inside the home but lets in tons of light that brightens your entranceway.   A white opaque interlayer or obscure textured layer provides plenty of privacy while allowing light to pour into the home. 

Reflective Tints

Reflective tints are popular for hurricane windows as they offer excellent heat and glare reduction. These tints contain a metallic coating reflecting sunlight away from the glass, reducing the heat entering the building. The reflective properties also provide added privacy during the day, preventing outsiders from seeing into the space while allowing occupants to enjoy the outside view.

The Role of Tints in Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a key consideration when selecting tints for hurricane windows. Tinted windows can significantly impact a home’s energy consumption and reduce cooling costs, making them a valuable investment in the long run.

Tinted windows reduce the amount of heat entering a building, effectively reducing the workload on the cooling system. This helps maintain a more stable indoor temperature and reduces the need for air conditioning, resulting in lower energy consumption. In regions with hot climates, tinted hurricane windows can make a noticeable difference in energy savings and create a more comfortable living environment.


In conclusion, the availability of different tints for hurricane windows allows homeowners to enhance their functionality and customize the appearance of their homes or buildings. Tinted hurricane windows provide numerous benefits, including increased safety during severe weather events, improved energy efficiency, enhanced privacy, and reduced glare. By carefully considering the various tint options available and their specific needs, homeowners can make an informed decision that meets both their aesthetic preferences and functional requirements.

GM – Door, Window & Screen is a family-owned and operated business since 1968. We specialize in impact replacement windows and doors. Please meet with our experts, who have helped hundreds of homeowners in South Florida with their window and exterior door replacement projects. It is almost a given we have done work in your neighborhood, and that makes us familiar with the challenges you might face with your individual project. With our in-house installation team, we provide the finest products and will work within your budget. Call us for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

24 09, 2023

Hurricane Preparedness Guide

By |2023-09-24T19:07:16+00:00September 24, 2023|Door Category, Homeowner Insurance Savings, Hurricane Shutters, Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

Before the Hurricane

Preparation is critical when it comes to hurricanes. Before hurricane season, securing one’s home, creating a disaster plan, and assembling a disaster supplies kit will help minimize potential risks and ensure a smoother recovery process.

Preparing Your Home

With Impact Windows and Doors you are always ready if a storm threatens.

Securing your home before a hurricane is even a threat can lessen the stress should a storm ever approach.   Most often, your home is your largest asset, so it needs to be protected. One of the best things you can do is replace your old windows and doors with hurricane-rated products. This way, your home is always ready when a storm threatens. Having impact-rated windows and impact doors already installed avoids scrambling to put up plywood or hanging hurricane shutters. Furthermore, since hurricanes hit during the summer months, your home is already protected even if you are away on vacation. In addition, before hurricane season, you should look to get your trees trimmed. It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the location of shut-off valves for your water and gas lines. If you have a generator, you should test it before hurricane season and once a month during season to ensure it is operational. 

Creating a Disaster Plan

Every household should have a well-thought-out disaster plan in place prior to hurricane season. This plan should include designated meeting places, evacuation routes, and clear communication channels. It is crucial to discuss the plan with all family members and ensure everyone is aware of their responsibilities and what to do in an emergency.

Assembling a Disaster Supplies Kit

A disaster supplies kit is an essential component of hurricane preparedness. This kit should include enough non-perishable food, water, and medication to last each household member for at least three days. Other important items to include are flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, important documents, and cash. It is crucial to regularly check and update the supplies kit as necessary.

During the Hurricane

Safety Measures to Follow

Staying indoors during a hurricane is the safest course of action. It is important to seek shelter in a designated safe area away from windows and exterior walls. It is also advisable to have necessary supplies, such as a battery-operated radio and food, easily accessible. If evacuation is needed, follow the instructions provided by local authorities and evacuate promptly. Under no circumstances should individuals venture out into floodwaters, as they may be deeper than you think or have strong currents.

Communicating During a Hurricane

Establishing means of communication during a hurricane is crucial, as it allows individuals to stay informed and connect with loved ones. A battery-operated radio provides access to important weather updates and emergency information. Additionally, having a charged mobile phone and alternative charging methods is essential. However, using phone calls and texts sparingly is important to preserve battery life and facilitate communication in emergencies.

After the Hurricane

Once the hurricane has passed, assessing the damage and taking necessary steps to return home safely and cope with the aftermath is important.

Assessing the Damage

After a hurricane, it is crucial to carefully assess the damage to your home and property. However, ensuring safety is a priority, and do not enter or move near any damaged structures until it has been deemed safe. Take photographs of any damages to help with insurance claims and contact the relevant authorities to report any hazards or damages in your area.

Returning Home Safely

Returning home after a hurricane requires caution and careful consideration. Ensure that the area has been deemed safe and that roads and infrastructure have been cleared for travel. Be prepared for potential service disruptions and take necessary precautions to ensure your safety, such as wearing suitable protective gear when cleaning up debris and being mindful of potential hazards.

Coping with the Aftermath

The aftermath of a hurricane can be emotionally challenging for individuals and communities. It is important to seek support from loved ones and local resources. Additionally, be aware of the possibility of post-storm hazards, such as contaminated water and mold, and take necessary steps to mitigate health risks.

GM Door, Window & Screen has the most affordable solutions using the best products available to protect your home from hurricanes. GM specializes in the installation of hurricane-ready / impact windows, sliding doors, and entrance doors. In business since 1968, we are family-owned and operated. Upgrade and make your home safe from storms. Call today for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

23 08, 2023

Best Practices for Installing Hurricane Windows

By |2023-08-23T18:14:04+00:00August 23, 2023|Hurricane Windows, Impact Windows|

In South Florida, hurricane windows are essential in protecting your home from the devastation caused by powerful storms. These specially designed windows are engineered to withstand high winds, flying debris, and even hurricane-force impacts. If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or severe weather conditions, installing hurricane windows should be your top priority. In this article, we will discuss the best practices for installing hurricane windows and provide valuable insights to help you make informed decisions.

Make sure to hire a window company that has its own in house installation team rather than using subcontractors to do the work.

Understanding Hurricane Windows

Before diving into the intricacies of installing hurricane windows, it’s crucial to understand what they are and how they work. Hurricane windows, also known as impact-resistant windows, are designed with multiple layers of laminated glass and a reinforced frame to withstand severe weather conditions. These windows are incredibly sturdy and can withstand large impacts, preventing the penetration of debris into your home.

When a hurricane strikes, the powerful winds can send projectiles flying through the air, posing a significant threat to your home’s windows. Traditional windows are vulnerable to shattering upon impact, which can lead to extensive damage and even compromise the structural integrity of your home. However, hurricane windows are specifically engineered to withstand these forces.

What are Hurricane Windows?

Hurricane windows are made up of a combination of laminated glass and a durable frame. Unlike traditional windows, which can shatter when hit by high-speed winds or debris, hurricane windows remain intact even under extreme conditions. The laminated glass consists of two or more layers with an interlayer made of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sandwiched between them. This interlayer provides added strength and prevents the glass from shattering upon impact.

The PVB interlayer is what sets hurricane windows apart from regular windows. When debris strikes the glass, the interlayer keeps the glass intact, even if it cracks. This prevents shards of glass from flying into your home, protecting you and your family from potential injuries. The multi-layered design of hurricane windows also provides insulation, reducing heat transfer and increasing energy efficiency.

Benefits of Installing Hurricane Windows

Installing hurricane windows offers several benefits beyond protection during severe weather events. These windows also provide enhanced security, as their impact-resistant nature deters break-ins and intrusions. The laminated glass and reinforced frame make it incredibly difficult for intruders to access your home through the windows.

Additionally, hurricane windows can reduce noise pollution, creating a more peaceful and quiet living environment. The laminated glass acts as a sound barrier, blocking out unwanted noise from traffic, construction, or noisy neighbors. This can significantly improve the quality of life in your home, allowing you to relax and enjoy a serene atmosphere.

Another advantage of hurricane windows is their ability to block harmful UV rays. The laminated glass filters out a significant portion of the sun’s ultraviolet radiation, protecting your furniture, flooring, and other belongings from fading and damage caused by prolonged sun exposure. This not only helps to preserve the aesthetic appeal of your home but also saves you money by reducing the need for frequent replacements or repairs.

Furthermore, hurricane windows improve the energy efficiency of your home. The multi-layered design, combined with the airtight seal created by the reinforced frame, helps to minimize heat transfer, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This reduces the strain on your HVAC system and can lead to significant energy savings over time.

In conclusion, hurricane windows are essential for protecting your home during severe weather events and offer a range of additional benefits. From enhanced security and noise reduction to UV protection and energy efficiency, these windows provide a comprehensive solution to improve your home’s comfort, safety, and value.

Pre-Installation Considerations

Before you begin the installation process, several factors must be considered to ensure a successful and efficient installation.

Installing hurricane windows is a significant investment that requires careful planning and consideration. By evaluating your needs and assessing your home’s structural integrity, you can make informed decisions that will maximize protection and performance.

Choosing the Right Hurricane Windows for Your Home

Selecting the appropriate hurricane windows for your home maximizes protection and performance. It’s essential to consider factors such as the level of impact resistance required by code in your area, the design of your home, and your budget.

Consulting with a professional and reputable window supplier can help you make an informed decision and select the right hurricane windows for your specific needs. They can provide valuable insights and recommendations based on their expertise and knowledge of the industry. It is even better if they have done work on other homes in the area, so they are likely familiar with potential pitfalls and challenges with your home by having worked on similar homes in the area.  

Additionally, consider the aesthetic appeal of the windows. Hurricane windows come in various styles and designs, allowing you to choose options that complement your home’s architectural style and enhance its overall appearance.

Assessing Your Home’s Structural Integrity

Before installing hurricane windows, it’s essential to assess the structural integrity of your home. This step is crucial to ensure your home can withstand the additional weight and pressure from hurricane windows.

A professional inspection can identify potential issues, such as termite or water damage, and suggest necessary repairs or reinforcements. They will evaluate your walls, roof, and foundation to ensure that they are in proper condition and capable of supporting the installation of hurricane windows.

By addressing any structural concerns beforehand, you can prevent future problems and ensure the longevity of your hurricane windows.

Local Building Codes and Regulations

Check your local building codes and regulations to ensure compliance with the requirements for hurricane windows. Different regions may have specific guidelines regarding the types of materials, installation methods, and certifications necessary for hurricane window installations. And the answer is YES to the question, “Do I need a permit to install impact windows?”

Adhering to these regulations is crucial for your safety and the legality of the installation. Non-compliance can lead to potential hazards and legal complications, so it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the local requirements.

Consulting with a professional contractor who is well-versed in local building codes can help ensure that your installation meets all necessary standards and regulations.

Remember, the purpose of hurricane windows is to protect your home and loved ones during severe weather events. By taking the time to consider these pre-installation factors, you can ensure a successful installation that provides optimal safety and peace of mind.

It is critical to have correct measurements done when you order your windows.

The Installation Process

The installation of hurricane windows requires precision and careful execution. Following the manufacturer’s installation instructions is crucial to ensure your windows’ optimal performance and longevity.

When it comes to installing hurricane windows, attention to detail is key. The process involves more than just replacing your existing windows with new ones. It requires a systematic approach that includes various steps to ensure a secure and proper installation.

Tools and Materials Needed

Before starting the installation, gather all the necessary tools and materials. These may include a tape measure, level, screws, caulking gun, sealant, and any additional items recommended by the window manufacturer. Having everything on hand will streamline the installation and prevent unnecessary delays.

Using a tape measure is essential to measure the dimensions of your existing window openings accurately. This step is crucial because hurricane windows must fit perfectly to protect against strong winds and flying debris. Professionals will take measurements to provide an estimate and come out and measure the openings a second time when it comes time to order your impact windows.   The measurements must be accurate because the windows are manufactured specifically to fit your home. A wrong measurement can significantly delay the completion of your window replacement project. 

Additionally, a level is necessary to ensure that the windows are installed straight and level. This is important for both aesthetic purposes and functionality. A properly leveled window will open and close smoothly, providing ease of use for years to come.

When it comes to screws, choosing the right type and size for your specific window frames is essential. Using the wrong screws can compromise the integrity of the installation and potentially lead to leaks or structural issues.

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Installing hurricane windows typically involves removing the existing windows, preparing the window opening, installing the new window, and sealing it properly. The precise steps may vary depending on the type and design of the hurricane windows, so it’s essential to refer to the manufacturer’s installation guidelines for specific instructions. Following these instructions diligently will ensure a secure and proper installation.

Firstly, you need to move furniture away from each opening to allow room to work. From there, you’ll need to remove the old windows carefully. This process requires caution to avoid damaging the surrounding walls, frames, or window sills. However, don’t be surprised if some damage is done during the window removal process or damage is found from leaky windows or termites that will require repair of the stucco, framing, or window sills. The window company can do minor repairs, but extensive damage may need to be repaired by a stucco company or carpenter in the case of damaged framing. Once the old windows are removed, it’s important to thoroughly clean the window opening and remove any debris or old sealant.

Next, you’ll need to prepare the window opening for the new hurricane windows. This may involve inspecting the window sill for any signs of damage and making necessary repairs. Additionally, applying a waterproofing membrane to the window opening can help prevent water infiltration and enhance the overall performance of the windows.

Once the window opening is prepared, it’s time to install the new hurricane windows. This step requires precision and attention to detail. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully, ensuring the windows are properly aligned and securely fastened.

After the windows are installed, the final step is to seal them properly. This involves using a caulking gun to apply a high-quality sealant around the edges of the windows. The sealant creates a watertight barrier, preventing water infiltration and enhancing the windows’ ability to withstand high winds.

Remember, the installation process is a critical factor in the performance and longevity of your hurricane windows. Taking the time to follow the correct installation procedures will ensure that your windows provide the maximum protection and durability they are designed for.

Post-Installation Tips

Once the hurricane windows are in place, a few post-installation steps ensure their optimal performance and longevity.

To close out your building permit, your municipality will have to do a final inspection. You should leave the window stickers on the windows for the inspectors to verify the proper product has been installed and meets local building codes. 

Checking for Proper Installation and Sealing

The inspector will look to see that the correct fasteners have been utilized following the manufacturer’s instructions. They will Inspect the installed windows for any gaps or spaces that may compromise their effectiveness. Proper sealing is essential to prevent air and water infiltration. Use a high-quality sealant recommended by the manufacturer to seal any areas that require attention. Regularly check the seals for any signs of wear and tear and address them promptly to maintain the windows’ integrity.

Once the windows pass inspection, you should move quickly to remove the window stickers before they get baked on by the sun.   You should soak the window stickers with warm water and a detergent for ten minutes, then remove the stickers with a utility knife.  

Maintenance and Care for Hurricane Windows

Maintaining hurricane windows is relatively straightforward. Clean the glass regularly using a non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can damage the glass or the window frame. Additionally, lubricate the window tracks and hinges periodically for smooth functionality. These simple maintenance practices will ensure your hurricane windows’ longevity and proper functioning.

Hiring Professionals vs. DIY Installation

Deciding whether to hire professionals or undertake a DIY installation of hurricane windows depends on various factors, such as your level of expertise and resources.

When to Consider Professional Installation

If you have limited experience with window installations or lack access to the necessary tools and equipment, hiring professionals for the installation is highly advisable. Impact windows, by nature, are heavy, large, and unwieldy. Depending on the number of openings, it takes an experienced crew one or two days to complete an installation. They have the expertise, knowledge, and tools to ensure a seamless and secure installation, saving you time and ensuring peace of mind. You should also look for a window company with its own in-house installation team.   If the installation work is contracted out, there is a significant risk of not getting an expert window installer to do the work. 

Tips for DIY Installation

If you are confident in your abilities and have the necessary tools and resources, DIY installation can be cost-effective. However, it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions diligently and always prioritize safety. Take your time, seek assistance if needed, and don’t hesitate to consult professionals if you encounter any difficulties.

In conclusion, installing hurricane windows is crucial in safeguarding your home and loved ones during severe weather events. By understanding the benefits of hurricane windows, considering important pre-installation factors, following the correct installation process, and taking proper post-installation care, you can ensure the optimal performance and longevity of these impact-resistant windows. Whether you choose professional installation or tackle the project yourself, the peace of mind and protection provided by hurricane windows make it a worthwhile investment.

GM Door, Window & Screen is a family-owned and operated business. GM has been servicing South Florida since 1968. Call us for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.     

5 07, 2023

The Complete Hurricane Windows Buyers Guide

By |2023-07-05T20:18:20+00:00July 5, 2023|Hurricane Windows|

Adding hurricane windows to your home has many benefits.

Impact windows, also known as hurricane windows, are gaining popularity among homeowners due to their numerous benefits. Whether you live in an area prone to hurricanes or simply want to enhance your home’s security and energy efficiency, impact windows are a wise investment. In this article, we will explore the advantages of installing impact windows and discuss essential considerations such as the installation process and maintenance tips.

Understanding Impact Windows

Before delving into the benefits, it’s essential to understand what impact windows are. These windows are specially designed to withstand strong impact, such as from flying debris during hurricanes. Unlike standard windows, impact windows are made of multiple layers of glass and have a beefier frame, making them extremely durable and resistant to breakage.

What are Impact Windows?

Impact windows are typically made with two layers of glass sandwiching an inner layer consisting of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). This construction ensures that even if the glass shatters, it will remain intact, held together by the interlayer.

But what makes impact windows remarkable is their ability to withstand the force of impact, the high winds, and the positive and negative pressure changes that occur during severe weather events. The multiple layers of glass and the reinforced frame create a barrier that can resist the hurricane force winds and impacts from debris. This protects your property and helps maintain your house’s structural integrity during a hurricane or storm.

Furthermore, impact windows also provide excellent insulation, helping to regulate the temperature inside your home. The laminated glass and the airtight seal created by the sturdy frame minimize heat transfer, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This energy efficiency can lead to significant savings on your heating and cooling bills, making impact windows a wise long-term investment.

How Do Impact Windows Work?

Impact windows work by distributing the energy from an impact across the entire window surface. When a projectile strikes the window, the outer layer absorbs the force, preventing it from penetrating into the structure. The interlayer holds the glass together, preventing shards from scattering and reducing the risk of injury.

But what happens behind the scenes when an impact occurs? The laminated glass and the interlayer undergo a remarkable process to dissipate the energy. As the outer layer absorbs the impact, it undergoes a controlled deformation, flexing and bending to disperse the force. The interlayer acts as a shock absorber, absorbing and spreading the energy throughout its surface. This combination of flexibility and strength is what makes impact windows so effective in protecting your home.

Moreover, impact windows are rigorously tested to ensure their reliability. To meet stringent industry standards, they undergo simulated hurricane conditions, including high winds and projectile impacts. This testing process guarantees that the windows can withstand the most severe weather conditions, giving you peace of mind during storms and hurricanes. Broward, Miami-Dade, and the Coastline of Palm Beach are all located in what is termed a High-Velocity Wind Zone.  These areas have the strictest building codes in the country.  You should work with a professional who will guide you in selecting the right product as your municipality requires.  And the answer is yes, to the question, do I need a permit for window replacement?  

Additionally, impact windows offer other benefits beyond their protective capabilities. They can significantly reduce outside noise, creating a quieter and more peaceful indoor environment. The laminated glass acts as a sound barrier, blocking unwanted noise from traffic, construction, or loud neighbors. This noise reduction can significantly enhance your quality of life and make your home a more relaxing and comfortable place to live.

Furthermore, impact windows also provide your home an added layer of security. The multiple layers of glass and the reinforced frame make it extremely difficult for intruders to break into your property. This extra level of protection can deter potential burglars and give you added peace of mind, knowing that your home is secure.

In conclusion, impact windows are not just ordinary windows. They are a robust and reliable solution to protect your home from the destructive forces of hurricanes and storms. Their multiple layers of glass, reinforced frame, and ability to withstand high winds make them an excellent investment for homeowners in hurricane-prone areas. Additionally, their energy efficiency, noise reduction, and enhanced security features make them a valuable addition to any property. So, if you’re looking for windows that offer both protection and peace of mind, impact windows are the way to go.

The Advantages of Impact Windows

Now that we know what impact windows are, let’s explore their benefits.

Impact windows offer a range of advantages that go beyond just their durability. Let’s take a closer look at some of these benefits:

Enhanced Home Security

One of the primary advantages of impact windows is improved home security. The combination of impact-resistant glass and a sturdy frame acts as an effective deterrent against burglars and intruders. These windows are significantly more difficult to break through compared to standard windows, offering you and your family peace of mind.

With impact windows, you can rest assured that your home is well-protected against potential break-ins. The reinforced glass and robust frame provide an additional layer of security, making it harder for intruders to gain access to your property.

Furthermore, impact windows are designed to withstand extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes and strong winds. This added resilience not only protects your home from potential damage but also serves as a deterrent to potential thieves.

Improved Energy Efficiency

Impact windows also contribute to improved energy efficiency in your home. Their construction helps to reduce heat transfer, keeping your home cooler in hot weather and warmer during the colder months. This enhanced insulation can lead to lower energy bills and increased comfort year-round.

By installing impact windows, you can significantly reduce the amount of heat that enters your home during the summer months. This means that your air conditioning system won’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature, resulting in energy savings.

During the winter, impact windows help to prevent heat loss by keeping the warm air inside your home. This insulation effect reduces the need for excessive heating, leading to further energy efficiency and cost savings.

Noise Reduction Capabilities

Living in a noisy neighborhood can be challenging and disruptive. Impact windows have the added benefit of reducing outside noise, creating a quieter and more peaceful living environment. The multiple layers of glass and the interlayer help to dampen sound vibrations, making your home a tranquil retreat.

With impact windows, you can enjoy a quieter indoor environment, free from the disturbances of traffic noise, barking dogs, or other external sounds. The soundproofing properties of impact windows make them an excellent choice for those seeking a calm and peaceful living space.

Whether you work from home, have young children, or simply value a serene atmosphere, impact windows can significantly reduce the noise levels in your home, allowing you to relax and concentrate without distractions.

UV Protection

Excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause fading and damage to your furniture, flooring, and other belongings. Impact windows are equipped with a protective layer that filters out harmful UV rays, reducing the impact of sun damage on your interiors.

By installing impact windows, you can protect your valuable possessions from the damaging effects of UV radiation. The specialized coating on the glass blocks a significant portion of the sun’s harmful rays, helping to preserve the color and quality of your furniture, artwork, and flooring.

Not only does this UV protection benefit your belongings, but it also helps to create a healthier indoor environment. The reduced UV exposure can minimize the risk of skin damage and other health issues associated with prolonged sun exposure.

As you can see, impact windows offer an array of advantages that go beyond their primary function of providing protection against impact and extreme weather. From enhanced security to improved energy efficiency, noise reduction capabilities, and UV protection, these windows are a wise investment for any homeowner.

The Cost-Benefit Analysis of Impact Windows

Before making a significant investment in impact windows, it’s crucial to consider the cost and long-term savings.

Initial Investment vs. Long-Term Savings

While the initial cost of installing impact windows may be higher than traditional windows, long-term savings can justify the expense. Impact windows provide insulation that helps regulate indoor temperatures, reducing the need for excessive heating or cooling. This translates into significant energy savings over time.

In addition, your home will sell quicker and at a premium as buyers will look first at homes with impact windows already installed. 

Potential Insurance Benefits

Many insurance companies offer reduced premiums or incentives for homeowners who install impact windows. This is particularly relevant in hurricane-prone areas. By fortifying your home with impact windows, you may qualify for insurance discounts, further offsetting the initial investment.

Installation Process of Impact Windows

When it comes to installing impact windows, there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

Choosing the Right Impact Windows for Your Home

Before starting the installation process, it is important to select the right impact windows for your specific needs. Consider factors such as the window style, frame material, and glass options. Consulting with a professional can help you make an informed decision.

Professional vs DIY Installation

While some homeowners may opt for a do-it-yourself approach, it is highly recommended to hire professionals for impact window installation. Expert installers have the knowledge, experience, and tools required to ensure a proper and secure installation, maximizing the benefits of impact windows.

Maintenance and Durability of Impact Windows

Finally, let’s explore some essential maintenance and durability tips for your impact windows.

Cleaning and Care Tips

Regular maintenance is essential to keep your impact windows in optimal condition. Clean the glass with a mild, non-abrasive cleaner and a soft cloth. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that may cause damage. Additionally, keep the window tracks free from debris and lubricate them occasionally to ensure smooth operation.

The Lifespan of Impact Windows

Impact windows are built to withstand harsh conditions and have a longer lifespan compared to standard windows. With proper maintenance and care, they can last for decades, providing ongoing protection and benefits for your home.

In conclusion, installing impact windows offers a range of benefits, including enhanced home security, improved energy efficiency, noise reduction, and UV protection. While the initial investment may be higher, the long-term savings and potential insurance benefits make it a worthwhile expense. When considering impact windows, make sure to work with a company that will help you choose the right ones for the architectural style of your home. In addition, hire a company that has its own in-house installation team and one that does not subcontract the work. With proper maintenance, your impact windows will provide durability and peace of mind for years to come.

GM – Door, Window & Screen is a family-owned and operated business operating since 1968 that specializes in impact replacement windows and doors.  With our own in-house installation team, we provide the finest products and will work within your budget.  Give us a call for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

14 06, 2023

The big question: Do I go with Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors when I replace my patio doors?

By |2023-06-14T15:22:02+00:00June 14, 2023|Door Category|

Of course, it might be just a matter of preference, but there are a number of things to consider when deciding to go with Sliding Glass Doors or French Doors.  

Let’s look at what you should consider when making this decision.

Sliding Glass Doors

Budget – Typically, sliding glass doors are less expensive to install than French Doors.  

Aesthetics – Sliding glass doors provide a beautiful, panoramic view of the outside.  They allow a tremendous amount of light to flow into your home and do a great job of making the outside space feel like a part of a home’s interior.   If the opening allows, you can install multi-slide patio doors that create a dramatic indoor and outdoor connection. 

Security  – Impact-rated sliding glass doors are virtually unbreakable.  And locking mechanisms are significantly better than in the past, so it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, for the thief to gain entrance to your home through a sliding glass door.    

Practicality  – Sliding Glass Doors do just that; they slide out of the way and afford you more space on your patio.  This is especially valuable if your patio has a small footprint or a balcony.   Plus, you can open the door a little or a lot allowing as much outside air into your home as you desire.  There is some additional maintenance needed when it comes to sliding glass doors.  You should regularly clean the tracks and periodically lubricate the tracks with a non-petroleum-based lubricant. 

 French Doors

Budget – Installing French doors most often cost more than sliding glass door, but you cannot deny how elegant they look.      

Aesthetics – French doors are available in various styles and designs, allowing homeowners to choose the one that best complements their architectural style and personal preferences.  French Doors can make a beautiful design statement with wider frames and more hardware options.   They can add a touch of sophistication and charm to any home, enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal.

Security  – Hurricane-rated French doors fitted with impact glass are almost impossible for thieves to defeat.  Thieves will not be able to kick in or break the glass of an impact-rated French door and will choose to move on to find an easier target.     

Practicality  -With a traditional two-panel French Door, where both doors are operational, you can open both doors at once, allowing for a grand entrance to your home for moving in and out furniture or hosting a large party at your home, facilitating the free flow of traffic.  It should be noted that in storm-prone South Florida, exterior French Doors must swing outward by code, which must be taken into account when setting up your patio furnishings. 

Other considerations

No matter your choice in South Florida, we highly recommend you do your patio door replacement with a hurricane-rated product.  Patio shutters are often heavy, large, and difficult to install.  Accordion shutters are also effective but detract significantly from the aesthetics of your patio area. 

 It is best to meet with an experienced representative who can present you with the best options for your individual needs and budget.  GM – Door, Window & Screen has been doing business in South Florida since 1968.   We are a local family-run business with our in-house installation team.  Call us for a free estimate at (954) 797-0797.  

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