When do I know it’s time to replace my windows with new Impact product?
There are many different reasons and factors that go into deciding when replacing your existing windows with new hurricane impact resistant product is the right decision for you. Mostly the lack of functionality and the energy inefficiency is the most consistent answer we get from our customers on why they have decided to upgrade their windows.
What are some benefits of hurricane windows & doors?
- 24/7 defense against hurricanes and unwanted intruders
- High efficiency Low-E Coatings that can drastically reduce the heat that enters your home and cut down on your electric bill
- Ease of operation opening and closing your new windows and doors effortlessly.
- New screens that come with windows to enjoy those cool winter days without worry of bugs entering your home.
How do I know if the impact windows meet the present day codes?
All windows and doors are required to pass extreme testing at a laboratory facility where they will be given an approved NOA (Notice of Acceptance) or a Florida Product Approval stamped by engineers. Make sure that any product being quoted to you carries and updated Product Approval.
What is Notice of Acceptance (NOA)?
Notice of Acceptance or NOA’s are an approved notice issued by Building Code & Compliance Office of Miami-Dade, Florida. They are currently the gold-standard for testing hurricane impact resistant products. These are the products that have undergone rigorous testing in compliance with the TAS protocols. Certified products will receive an NOA number bearing the product approval.
How do impact windows work?
Impact resistant windows consist of a strong laminated interlayer bonded between two panes of heat-strengthened, or tempered glass. When struck by a forceful object such as a tree branch or the stray golf ball, the glass could crack but would remain in the frame. When combined with an exceptionally strong window frame, in the rare event an object impacts the glass and causes the pane to shatter, it remains held within the frame. This type of window provides greater security and protection by greatly reducing the risk of flying glass or debris from entering the home during high windstorms.
How are impact windows and doors tested?
Impact windows and doors are tested via high impact and low impact, large and small missile testing. What this means is various types of objects are fired at the windows and doors in an effort to determine and measure the amount of force each window can take. These measurements are compared to the type of impact frequently seen during hurricanes and severe storms to ensure your windows will hold up during extreme weather conditions.
Can shutters provide the same level of protection as new impact windows and doors?
No. A shutter only keeps flying objects from impacting the glass on non-impact windows or doors. Your existing non-impact window or door still has to withstand the high winds pressure and wind driven rain. Most of the time non-impact windows and doors will leak due to less rigid frames than impact products which can expose your home to the high hurricanes winds we can experience.
Will the replacement windows be installed from the inside or outside?
It is necessary for us to work on both inside and outside of your window and door opening to properly install new product.
How long will installation take?
Each installation job can vary depending on the size of your home and how many windows & doors you are having installed. Seascape will prepare you with an installation schedule and keep you informed of the progress of the project as well.
What happens to my existing windows, screens & doors?
We generally remove all debris from your property and dispose of it. If you would like to keep your old windows, screens or doors, please let your salesperson know as soon as they arrive for your installation.
What is the cost of Impact Windows?
An average impact window installed can cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500 depending on size, window type, glass type, frame color etc. An average one story home can cost between $10,000 – $20,000.00. Financing is usually available.
How much deposit do you require?
Each project varies however Seascape Windows & Doors will submit a signed contract depicting scheduled payments. The deposit is usually 50% of the project, but sometimes can be lower based on agreements.
What are my payment options?
For your convenience we accept cash, check, VISA, MASTERCARD & AMEX for payment.
What is the warranty for impact windows?
Depending on the type of window and the manufacturer, the warranty for your impact windows can vary. These windows are built to last, to stand up to anything that nature throws at them, so they typically come with a 5 year glass & 3 year frame warranty, although if upgraded with Kynar finishes and SGP interlayers it is possible to receive a 10 year warranty on frames and glass. Our installation and labor also comes with a one year warranty as well.
Will impact-resistant glass prevent intruders from breaking into my home?
No glass can completely prevent intruders from entering your home. Any glass, when struck repeatedly with forceful blows, will eventually shatter. However, the majority of impact-resistant glass stays in the frame when broken, causing a forced entry to be much more time consuming, cumbersome and difficult.