November 12 2018 0Comment
Huntington Beach, CA replacement windows and doors

Impact Resistant Replacement Windows and Doors

If you’re replacing your windows and doors, whether they’re old, ugly or drafty models to rotted, rusted or warped frames, it may be a good idea to invest in impact resistant models. Impact resistant replacement windows and doors for your Huntington Beach, CA home are an excellent investment, and can save you a lot of money over time by lowering your energy bills and protecting your home from severe weather.

These tough doors and windows are a great option for homes that see a lot of storms or tough weather and for homeowners that are hoping for added protection and security. If that sounds like you, read on to learn more about impact resistant replacement windows and doors.

What Are Impact Resistant Windows and Doors? 

Impact resistant windows and doors are standard models with added impact resistant features like impact-resistant glass, thick and durable frames and secure fastenings to elevate their protection efficacy. These doors and windows are made to act as a home’s main source of protection against many dangers including severe weather, ill-intending humans, and unnecessary energy use. Impact resistant windows are much more effective and more aesthetically appealing than more the commonly installed storm shutters.

Impact resistant windows and doors are generally made with shatter resistant glass and durable frame materials like vinyl or coated wood. Just like car windshield glass, impact resistant glass is made from multiple layers of normal glass with shatter-resistant films installed in between each layer to boost strength and resist cracking or breaking. Impact resistant doors and windows also have extra-sturdy frames to stay in place even in the face of tough weather or attempted break-ins.  As a bonus, impact resistant door and windows’ strength also makes them highly energy efficient, so you use less energy and save money.

Impact Resistant Window Testing and Regulations 

Windows and doors have to pass tests and gain specific certifications in order to be deemed “impact resistant.” These tests and guidelines are designed, regulated and administered by The American Society for Testing And Materials and are reliable for trusted for accurate information and consumer guidance. Impact resistant doors and windows commonly have to pass two tests to insure their effectiveness and safety: the launch missile impact test and a pressure test.

A common launch missile test consists of a nine-pound, 2×4 piece of wood being launched at the center of the window or door at 35 miles per hour. If the glass doesn’t shatter under the impact, another piece of wood is launched at the corners of the piece to test full structural soundness. The pressure test generally consists of simulating 200 mile per hour winds around the window to test airtight seals and resistance.

Should you go with impact resistant models when you replace your windows and doors? If safety and energy efficiency are important to you, then yes. To learn more about Huntington Beach, CA replacement windows and doors, visit Cunningham Doors & Windows at 1940 E Edinger Ave Santa Ana, CA 92705 or call (714) 258-2500.