Hurricane season is right around the corner, which is why it’s as critical as ever to consider your home’s hurricane defense capabilities. Many South Florida homeowners have heavily relied on traditional methods like aluminum shutters to protect their home’s weak points: their windows. Today, you can cruise through nearly any South Florida neighborhood and you’re likely to see most, if not all, homes with aluminum shutters installed. However, just because it’s the go-to solution doesn’t mean it’s the best one.
Impact windows dramatically increase your home’s defenses against hurricane force winds and rains, among a multitude of other additional benefits your home wouldn’t receive from aluminum shutters. These include but aren’t limited to:
Significant Storm Defense
First and foremost, residential impact windows offer a major upgrade over aluminum shutters—and any other storm defense system for that matter. Residential impact windows are rated for wind speeds upwards of 160+ miles per hour, far exceeding that of the most powerful hurricanes to ever exist.
In addition, they also defend your home against thrown debris. During a major storm, large branches, pieces of metal, and more can be flung at your home at high speeds. Residential impact windows stop them right in their tracks, where aluminum shutters and other home defense options will begin to fail and deteriorate.
When initially installed, aluminum shutters are permanently affixed to the area surrounding all of your windows. What you’re left with is a large, unsightly frame that detracts from your home’s overall appearance. That’s not the case with residential impact windows. Instead, they replace your current windows, creating seamless, full framed viewpoints across your home.
Doesn’t Require Active Deployment
When a tropical storm or hurricane is detected to be pathing towards South Florida, everyone rushes to make their preparations, rushing to the stores to stock up on key essentials. Unfortunately, you lose that opportunity as you have to spend hours manually closing each and every aluminum shutter you have installed on your home. By the time everything’s closed up, you’ve likely lost an entire day depending on the number of windows your home has.
With impact windows, they immediately provide storm defense the moment they’re installed. There’s no need for additional setup ever again!
You Aren’t Trapped Inside
The key functional design of aluminum shutters is that they completely enclose your home’s windows. As such, when closed they completely engulf your windows, blocking the outside world. You have no way of seeing what’s going on outside, and practically no natural light can enter.
With residential impact windows installed, that feeling of being trapped inside goes away instantly. You’ll be able to keep an eye on the outside world without being completely locked inside during a storm, having the peace of mind to continue about your day without fear of Mother Nature affecting your home.
Tremendous Auxiliary Benefits
Aluminum shutters have one sole purpose: encase your windows in the event of a storm. Impact windows, on the other hand, carry a multitude of additional defenses and benefits you wouldn’t find elsewhere. These include:
- Noise Reduction
- Intruder Defense
- Lowered Energy Bill
- UV Ray Protection
If you’re considering whether it’s time to make the switch to impact windows for your home, we’re here to tell you it is! Eurotech Industries manufactures and installs its own high-quality impact windows for your home. Contact us today either online or give us a call (954) 630-9967.