Impact Windows and Doors 101

Learn more about impact windows and doors

About Impact Windows and Doors

Impact windows and doors consist of impact-resistant glass surrounded by a heavy-duty frame, which is securely fastened to the interior window header and frame. This construction and anchoring keep high hurricane winds and debris from breaching your home.

What Makes Impact Windows Different?

Impact windows and doors look like traditional glazing, but they are multi-layered, with stronger, heavier frames than traditional windows.The idea for shatter-resistant glass windows for homes came from the automotive field where laminated glass has been in use for years to protect occupants. There are two common types of impact-resistant glazing for your windows:

 

  • The laminated glass consisting of two sheets of glass with an inner shatterproof membrane between them. These windows are designed to handle wind-borne debris hurled at high wind speeds and repeated impact from would-be intruders.
  • Window film applied to the surface of the glazing. With filmed windows, a shatter-resistant film is placed over the glass to keep the window shards in place if broken. Their durability really depends on how well the glass and protective laminate stay in the frame and window assembly.

Protecting Your Home Envelope

Impact windows and doors protect your home from wind and water damage in hurricanes. A broken window provides a point of entry for wind that enters the house, increases pressure, and seeks another way out. The only way to protect against damage from wind entry is to keep it out. This means deflecting wind and driving it around the building. This is why hurricane measures have been enacted in Florida for new building in hurricane zones. Residents must install impact resistant windows and doors or a permanent shutter system.

Frames Add Strength to Glazing

It takes an entire window system to make an impact-resistant opening. Frames for impact-resistant windows or doors may be constructed from wood, metal, vinyl, or any combination thereof.

Missile Testing For Total Security

Not every window on the market can claim to be impact resistant. There are testing standards set forth by the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) that must be met before the window is certified as being impact-resistant. One of the most stringent of the requirements comes from the South Florida Building Code, which has been concerned about the increase in the number and force of hurricanes over the years.

According to the code, windows and doors must meet requirements for large and small missiles. It specifies that for large missiles, the window has been tested with an impact from a 2 by 4 weighing nine pounds, traveling at 50 feet per second. The test is done in a laboratory setting with the lumber fired from a cannon into the window. The window glazing must remain intact after the impact.

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Ralph Portilla
Ralph Portilla
12:36 06 Aug 22
Great company!! As a roof replacement is a major project, we probably got a dozen estimates. Everyone, except Florida Solar wanted a deposit before the job even started. We could not be more satisfied. Starting with our salesman Nathan, the Office Staff who kept us appraised of everything, and the installation crew, who did an amazing job. The company also takes care of all permits, and inspections with the county as well as Homeowners Associations I will be recommending this company to our friends, and neighbors. Once again, top notch company.
Ragnhild K Ulrich
Ragnhild K Ulrich
17:54 03 Aug 22
We had 36 ordinary windows on our home exchanged to impact windows. We had an excellent experience with Florida Solar and Air. The employees professional, polite, reliable, always on time, always flexible to accomodate our needs as owners. They helped us choose the best product on the market, and the windows are indeed top quality. The installer, David, and PM Jesus did a super job, Davi was attentive, clean, worked fast and efficient, and kept a keen eye on accomplishing every detail. The company and its workers deserve a five star, and we warmly recommend them to anyone looking for new impact windows.Steven and R.K. Ulrich
Patricia López
Patricia López
14:12 28 Jul 22
Manny Hernandez did an amazing job explaining in details all the step of our roof replacement. Manny is very responsables and kind answering all my questions
Josefina Alvarado
Josefina Alvarado
15:43 20 Jul 22
Amazing company. From Patricia to Jesus Martinez and his crew. Great people, product, job and customer service.The same for the AC installation. They always was there to answer questions and solutions. I recommend 100% Florida Solar&Air company.
Carol Mildrew
Carol Mildrew
15:39 19 Jul 22
I would definitely recommend FL. Solar and Air for replacement windows. The energy consultant, Mr Rivas, expert installers, office staff and especially, Hesus, project manager, explained every step of the project. I also received an education. One important piece of information that was omitted was that I have the exterior caulking painted within 6 months. Problematic...I'm on the 3rd floor. Otherwise, looking forward to enjoying my closed in balcony.
Heather Hadwen
Heather Hadwen
17:35 15 Jul 22
Just had my roof installed by Florida Solar and Air. It was a fast and easy process. Jay Cruz my sales person helped me greatly along the way and Tony the install manager + his great team were fast and communicated with me all throughout the process.Top notch quality and customer service! Thanks guys!!
Janell McLeod
Janell McLeod
14:19 13 Jul 22
Fui atendiendo por Brian Guzmán , muy buena atención al cliente todo muy bien explicado y me dio excelente precio y todo de muy buena calidad
Glenda Valverde
Glenda Valverde
15:14 10 Jul 22
Bryan y Agustino fueron muy profesionales mi casa dio un cambio del 100% de diferencia los detalles al terminar fueron excelentes sinceramente me encantó el trabajo que realizaron recomiendo 100% esta empresa por los trabajadores ya que realizan un trabajo excelente.
Sherry Jacobson
Sherry Jacobson
16:22 29 Jun 22
Ana Maria
Ana Maria
22:00 28 Jun 22
From Sales to install, this company is great! They did an AMAZING job with our windows and door. The Installers were thorough and efficient, knowledgeable and clean! My husband and I are very happy. I would definitely recommend this company for anyone looking to install new windows and doors.
Joyce Payne
Joyce Payne
16:13 21 Jun 22
Very pleased with the work/transaction. Jesus and Carlos were great
Carlos Edwards
Carlos Edwards
21:04 19 Jun 22
Michael McKeever
Michael McKeever
22:09 07 Jun 22
Great service from start to finish, very professional and courteous staff from the Administration, the PMs, and the installers. Work was on time every day, workers are very professional as well as safe and clean inside our home. Will definitely recommend to FL Solar & Air to anyone looking for impact windows and doors.(6/7/2022) Just completed installation of impact windows and doors on our new home with Florida Solar & Air again and it's the same great professional and courteous people. Work was scheduled and on time everyday. The installers are friendly and tidy and the PM Danny kept in touch constantly with the progress of the job from start to finish. This is our second time with FL Solar and will highly recommend them to everyone. Thank you so much Florida Solar & Air!
carlos jbd
carlos jbd
00:46 31 May 22
Great customer service, prompt responses. Installation crew very professional
Marlen Rodriguez
Marlen Rodriguez
17:35 25 May 22
Kervens Augustin
Kervens Augustin
23:27 14 May 22
Vic Alonso
Vic Alonso
19:20 12 May 22
A-1 + Service and professional started with the sales rep Anthony Rivas.Thank you.
Mari Duque
Mari Duque
16:41 01 May 22
I cannot say enough good things about Florida Solar & Air. From the start, my sales rep Patricia was knowledgable, communicative, and took the time to explain the product and process in detail. The installers were communicative and effective, if I had a question about anything, they would address it right away. I had already done my impact windows with FSA and was equally as happy with my roof! You are in good hands with this company no matter which product you need in your home.
Elizabeth Nassar
Elizabeth Nassar
18:43 30 Apr 22
I hired Florida Solar and Air to install my impact windows in 2019. Amazing job, professional company. Installer paid attention to detail, they covered my furniture, cleaned up at the end of each day. I called them a few months ago to replace the air conditioning unit and the ducts. They scheduled me immediately, showed up on time and did the entire work in one day. The comfort of the house improved immediately. My experience on both projects have been amazing. I will continue to use Florida solar and air for any future home improvements. If you are looking for a job well done, call them you won’t regret it. Thank you Florida Solar and Air. Great team!
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