Glass that withstands impact can be an important upgrade to your home, particularly if you live in a storm- and wind-prone area. The following can help you better understand the benefits and limitations of impact-resistant windows.
1. Are Impact-Resistant Windows Break-Proof?
Although designed to withstand greater force than a standard window, impact windows can break if they are hit with enough force, but they won't shatter inward. They are designed so that the glass remains securely in the frame in the event they are hit hard enough to break. Further, impact glass is made of several layers, so typically only the outer layer would be broken and the inner layer would continue to protect your home.
2. Will the Windows Be Resistant To Water Incursion?
One of the main uses of impact windows is for protection in hurricane and storm-prone areas, so it makes sense to be concerned about water and flooding. The waterproofing quality of the windows depends in part on how well they are sealed in place, particularly for windows that designed to open. Generally, no window that can open is completely waterproof, though, as water driven at a high enough force can breach most seals. Impact windows may leak slightly if the conditions are just right.
3. What Are Additional Benefits of Impact Windows?
The main benefit of these windows is that they don't break easily, which means your home is protected against high storm winds and blown debris. This impact resistance also makes them excellent security windows that can help protect your home against break-ins. Another benefit is that the windows help soundproof the home against outside noises, thanks to the thick layers of glass. The thicker glass layers may also increase the insulation qualities of your window.
4. Can Impact Windows Be Installed in Interiors?
Although impact windows are typically marketed to exterior window use, there may be some situations where you want them installed in the interior of your home or business. For example, some people choose to use impact glass for glass interior doors that may get slammed or kicked open from time to time. In a business setting, impact glass is often used for glass cubicle walls or for security windows around sensitive areas.
5. Are Non-Standard Window Sizes a Problem?
Like any window glass product, impact glass is available in both standard window frames or you can have windows custom-made to fit your home. If your home has a combination of standard and non-standard window sizes or shapes, then you can opt to get a combination of standard and custom windows.
Contact an impact window supplier to learn more.