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4 Reasons Your Florida Business Needs to Upgrade its Commercial Impact Windows

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Oct 5, 2020 8:15:00 AM


As a Florida business owner, you know that your storefront needs to withstand our state’s turbulent weather. Hurricanes can sweep through and crack showroom glass, damaging your stock and storefront. Office spaces need equal protection, ensuring that your staff and costly equipment are safe from harm.

Your business may already have commercial-grade impact glass to meet Florida’s Notice of Acceptance (NOA) compliance, but when was the last time you considered an upgrade? If it’s been a handful of years since you had storm-safe windows installed, it might be time for a refresh.

Here are four reasons it might be worth updating your business’ impact windows:

1. New impact windows will impress insurers.

Insurance companies want to make sure you’re taking all the proper precautions to protect your business— installing higher quality windows is an impressive step in increasing safety and security.

But what is it about impact windows that insurers love so much? Shatter-resistant impact windows reduce the cost of cleanup after storms and more importantly, protect building occupants— making them an excellent way of improving the safety of your employees and business assets. 

Though the glass might need replacement after a storm, the lower property and liability claims often mean your insurer would be more willing to reduce your insurance premiums. While it’s an initial investment to install the storm windows today, lower monthly payments will benefit you in the long run. 

Your Installer Matters!

One thing to keep in mind in the replacement process is your installer: be sure to choose a contractor who is licensed and insured for commercial storefront windows. Improper installation can cause problems down the road— problems your insurance company may not cover if deemed as negligence on your behalf for not having them professionally installed.

2. Impact window manufacturers are always making improvements.

As the years tick on by, storm providers are coming up with bigger and better solutions for improved hurricane protection. The windows you had installed 10 years ago likely don’t have the same features and reassurance as the latest model fresh off the factory-line, boasting stronger framing or more innovative design.

It’s a smart idea to ask a professional how your old windows stack up against some of the new line models, and to check if recommended safety protocols have changed in your area since their initial installation. 

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3. You may find a more energy-efficient option.

Large expanses of glass can flood your business’ interior with plenty of natural light, but at what expense? These big windows can let in a lot of Florida heat and UVs, which can jack up your cooling costs and damage your inventory or furnishings with time. 

Your old windows likely don’t have the efficiency of newer-grade commercial storm glass. Properly treated impact windows will have the ideal combination of high-R values, low-U values, low-SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient), low-e coating, and high-VT (Visible Transmittance)— all the fancy coatings and materials that keep the room comfortable without pumping the air-conditioning. 

Learn more about tinted and low-emissivity (low-e) glass here.

4. You could reduce the chances of theft.

Commercial-grade impact glass is designed to withstand Category 1-5 hurricanes. Window manufacturers simulate storm conditions by hurling bricks at their glass at high speeds along with a number of other strenuous tests to guarantee their product’s safety ratings. 

If the impact glass is ready for hurricane conditions, it’s ready for burglary. No need to worry about a thief smashing your showroom or office windows to steal your products or equipment. They can try, but even if they do break the glass, impact windows have multiple-pane, shatter protection— making it difficult for bad actors to break completely through. 

Ensure Your Installer has Commercial Experience

Contractors that provide commercial glass and windows are often dealing with larger pieces of glass and on a grander scale than a contractor that primarily deals with homeowners. Because of this, it's important that your contractor is licensed and insured to work with commercial properties. This ensures that you're hiring a contractor with the knowledge needed for commercial properties, and that your business is protected from lawsuits stemming from potential accidents. 

Our Commercial-Grade Impact Windows

Curious about what makes our impact windows at Storm Solutions different from our competitors? Read our hurricane-resistant, NOA-compliant window options here.

Wondering how much it might cost to upgrade your business’ storm windows? Use our free Window Pricing Calculator, today.

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Topics: Commercial Glass & Window Installallation, Impact Windows