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What are Hurricane Impact Windows

Hurricane Andrews hit the Bahamas, Louisiana, and Florida in the year of 1992. It was a mayhem a high speeds. The destruction that had happened had not been seen before this event. The hurricane clocked a category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. This was the worst level of destruction described in theory or reality till that time. Post all the mayhem, the officials of Dade County Municipality in South Florida studied the damage done and the significant factors behind it that could be controlled in the future. They came up with a suggestion of separation between the interior and exterior of the house during the hurricane. A need for Hurricane Impact Windows arose.

The starting phase

When the industry worked to create the needed product, they didn’t have to search much for the starting material. The automobile industry had been using the laminated glass for a long time. The laminated glass was used as windows in the vehicles, and these were impact proof. Whenever these laminated glasses withstand an impact, they are held together by the laminated layer between the two layers of glass. This prevents them from forming sharp shards of glass and also the laminated layer forms the absorbing zone for the impact holding the glass together and preventing it from breaking.

Changes made and need for it

The laminated glasses used in the automotive only required them not to form shards on impact, but when hurricane impact windows were needed, it was not enough. The hurricane impact windows needed to be sturdy and impact-proof as well. The laminated layer that is between the two or more layers of glass is made up of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) or Ethyl-Vinyl Acetate (EVA). This is the layer that holds up the broken pieces of glass and prevents them from becoming sharp pieces on impact. In hurricane impact windows, these layers were improved upon, and the glass was also tempered and hardened using various new techniques. This made sure that the windows weren’t blown in during the hurricane. This prevented the building of destabilizing pressure difference between inside and outside the house. The absence of this pressure kept the structural integrity of the roof and the walls intact.

The state of Florida had suffered huge losses, and they became the driving force in this research work. In 2001 they came up with their standards and building codes according to which these hurricane impact windows had to be made up.

Experienced hands who created one of the best product

‘Eco-Smart Incorporate’ is a company that has been working in this domain. They are based in South Florida, and their hurricane impact window goes by the name of Wind-Pact Plus. This product was created to meet the severe conditions of Dade County and to withstand the harsh coastal winds. This product in quality usually exceeds the Standard and codes defined by the state of Florida. Not only it provides an excellent shield against impact from the hurricane, but also from forced entry, outside noise, and sun damage.

The product has an additional advantage of shielding the sun during summers and keeping the heat inside during winters. It helps with the energy bill. The company in the form of this product totally delivers on its promise of “complete peace of mind”.

Hurricane Window Protection Methods and Options

Hurricane is a big enough issue in the state of Florida and South Carolina. The months of August to October bring destruction at high speeds. The damage that a community as a whole has to go through is enormous. It takes a lot of time, effort and money to recover from that. Not only the damage to the community that is considerable, but the damage to individual property is also massive, and these are mostly very heavy to bear by many people. The hurricane not only causes severe damage to the livestock and the farms but also they at times cause irreparable damages to the houses that are unfortunately a little weak to hold out against them.

The issues with not having protection in the house against hurricanes can even make you lose your insurance claim. The insurance companies also reduce the premiums drastically even when there is protection on doors and windows against the hurricane or storms. In studies conducted by weather experts and structural engineers, even a small exposed portion or unprotected region of the window can lead to the window being cracked or blown in. Even cracked windows are very harmful to the households because rainwater can come in through the cracks. On a usual trend, even an inch of water collection may lead to renovation costs of 6k-7k in paint and floors. The window blowing in is much more damaging as that leaves the insides of the house fully exposed. This leads to the building of a destabilizing pressure inside and outside, which damages the structural integrity of the walls and roof.


The insurance companies try to encourage the homeowners to install hurricane window protection in their homes. The premiums which usually range between 3k-5k on house insurance are toned down to 1.5k-3k if there are hurricane and storm protection installed in the house.

Modes of Hurricane Window Protection


Protection Film: The only downside of the protection film is that, although it stops the glass from breaking rapidly, it does nothing to prevent the window from being blown in from its frame.


Plywood: The plywood is a cheap and reliable way to protect the house from hurricanes. The only downside to it is that the light is blocked after it is installed.


Hurricane Shutters: These are installed once and pulled shut whenever needed. These are usually made of steel or aluminium, and they do not stop the light mostly as often, they are translucent or perforated.


Toughened Glass: This is one of the most expensive ways of protection against hurricanes and storms. These are two layers of tempered glass, with a plastic sheet between them.


‘Eco-Smart Incorporate’ is a company operating out of Sarasota, Florida. They deal in transparent and energy-efficient protection for the windows. Their product is Dade county approved, and they believe in doing comprehensive work for their customers. They not only deal in window protection but they also deal in hurricane protected doors that have a 1-inch laminated glass. Anyone looking to upgrade their hurricane protection or even for remodelling can take them up on their fabulous designs. 



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