Hurricane-safe windows are designed to withstand glass fractures as the result of turbulent winds, rain and debris. Not only can a crack mid-hurricane destroy your home or compromise your home’s structure, but it can threaten the safety of your family.
If you’re in the market for hurricane-proof windows, this is the resource for you. We’re going to outline some of the most popular brands of impact-resistant windows and define what sets them apart.
Explore these top rated impact glass products to help you choose the best hurricane-proof windows for protecting your Florida home:
PGT took on a powerful combination of hurricane-glass providers when acquiring the individual brands— CGI, WinDoor, CGIC and Western Window Systems. This acquisition has helped them to become a near-unmatched leader in the impact window and door industry.
As one of the original pioneers in the design of high performance storm windows, CGI’s Sentinel and Sparta impact-resistant products have a reputation for quality. Many builders trust this brand for Florida homes for its Florida Product Approval and amazing strength. The proof is in their experiments: these storm-ready windows can withstand the pressure of up to +55/-65 pounds per square foot.
WinDoors’ windows carry many impressive impact ratings as well, including Florida Building Code approval, Miami Dade NOA compliance and more. These are just some of the reasons our team at Storm Solutions trusts both CGI and WinDoor for everything from window seals and frames to their highly-praised and durable coatings.
Like PGT products, Origin’s impact windows meet Florida compliance for state building codes. Their windows are finished with flush casement— voiding any overlapping framework— with aluminum instead of steel frames, for warp and flex-free resistance against weather.
Their hurricane windows are ultra secure, with a specially engineered Encloser lock, which works by engaging cylindrical cams into window keeps. Origin is unique in that they combine precision engineering from the UK with US manufacturing, sourcing all their materials based on quality testing results.
Each window comes with a 10 year warranty and their products are offered in hundreds of colors, offering dual colors to allow for an exterior frame color that’s completely different than the interior aesthetic. Origin is another brand that we proudly trust here at Storm Solutions.
Andersen A-Series impact windows come with Stormwatch® protection, having been tested to withstand corrosive coastal conditions. Their impact-resistant glass undergoes missile launch experiments to ensure the material is capable of withstanding High Velocity Hurricane Zones.
Like many impact window manufacturers, Andersen products have hidden structural reinforcements that prepare them for violent storms, but are specially crafted in diverse materials and finishes to stay true to the root of their name: Architectural design. Flip through the Pattern Books to find treatments that fit your home’s unique style.
In addition, they use ENERGY STAR®-certified glass for improved energy savings. They’re products come with a generous 20 year limited warranty on glass, and 10 years on non-glass parts.
Unlike some of their competitors, Kolbe’s impact-certified hurricane windows have no brackets or visible rods necessary to hold the sash in place.
Kolbe offers three series with hurricane-safe windows— Ultra, Heritage and Forgent. Whether it’s their Forgent series’ strong Glastra®, a proprietary hybrid of fiberglass and a UV stable polymer, or their Heritage K-Kron II’s exterior coating, their glass is both durable and efficient.
This window manufacturer’s website makes it convenient to check the impact rating of each of the products to determine which wind zones and velocities each series is approved to withstand.
Weather Shield offers Premium Coastal™ windows to serve Florida homeowner’s oceanside needs. Their impact windows are certified by the Window & Door Manufacturers Association and have been tested to withstand wind zone 4 conditions and high velocity hurricanes of wind speeds up to 140 mph.
Their warranty is one of the best in class, with defects covered up to 20 years, or against wood rot on all clad products for 30 years. Window Shield’s casements allows for more than 6,000,000 different configurations. Plus, the company has its own dedicated Research and Development Center and the largest onsite test lab in the industry, for improving and innovating its products. The family-owned business has more than 60 years of experience in storm protection.
Don’t Settle— Get the Best
Here at Storm Solutions, we’ve hand-selected our favorite impact window brands to protect your home from Florida’s inclement weather and hurricanes.
There’s a few reasons our products and service stand out, and we’re proud of the quality and praise our PGT and Origin windows recieve.