There has never been a better time to install hurricane protection in your office or in your home. Impact windows protect your home from storms, we all know that, but how do they protect your home? Are there any other benefits that come with the installation of impact windows and doors? We will give you seven solid reasons why you should not delay, and why there has never been a better time to upgrade your windows and doors.
We know this is an obvious one, but the primary reason why you would install Impact windows and doors in your home or property is, of course, to protect your home against hurricanes and storms. Florida is at the mercy of the Atlantic hurricane season. Over recent years, there is an average of 12 named storms a year, and on average, three of them will become a cat 3 or higher hurricane. The FIU estimates that Hurricane Irma cost Florida $19.4 Billion. If even one window breaks, the barrier between high outdoor pressures produced by hurricanes and the internal lower pressure of your home is compromised, and this will cause massive internal damage, destroying your home and putting lives at risk.
When insurance companies assess the risk of insuring your property, they consider many factors. Impact windows and doors lower the risk of your home being damaged by a storm substantially and also make it a lower risk for burglary (see below). Because of these factors, many insurance companies will offer discounted home insurance for people with impact windows installed. Over the years, these savings will go some way towards paying for your new windows.
Technology has come a long way since the introduction of impact protection products. Soundproofing is another major factor in deciding to install hurricane windows and doors. We have all been woken up by leaf blowers, barking dogs, and noisy cars. Impact windows reduce noise pollution significantly, allow for sounder sleep, and a more relaxing atmosphere within your home.
No one relishes the thought of their home being violated by an intruder. Typically most home burglaries will occur by attacking the weak points on your home, either windows or doors. The logic is simple; if a tree branch at over 100 mph cannot break through your windows and doors, a criminal has no chance! The increased protection that impact windows bring to your home is another contributing factor to reducing home insurance costs.
Installing impact windows and doors can significantly reduce your home cooling/heating bills. As the products we install, provide a vacuum seal around your windows, it will help keep cool air in during summer and warm air in during the few cool nights Floridians have to endure in winter. The multi-layer construction of impact windows will reduce the number of solar rays that penetrate your home.
Even though it is warm year-round in Florida, there can be some chilly winter nights. Impact glass windows will help keep the heat sealed in your house. These savings will also go a long way towards paying for your installation in subsequent years.
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a financing mechanism that enables low-cost, long-term funding for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects. PACE financing is repaid as an assessment of the property’s regular tax bill. It is processed the same way as other local public benefit assessments (sidewalks, sewers) have been for decades. Depending on local legislation, PACE can be used for commercial, non-profit, and residential properties. Approval for PACE financing is based Upon Property’s Equity And Not Your Credit Score. Repayments are made through your property taxes, and in case the property is sold, the remaining assessment can be passed to the new property owner as the Program does not always require full repayment.
Why install impact windows? For all of the reasons above, more people are looking for this upgrade on a home they are looking to buy. Knowing a property is upgraded, and future-proof adds a lot of value to your home. As impact window upgrades are now mandatory in the State of Florida, it is a huge factor when people are considering buying and will increase the resale value, as well as making your home a more attractive proposition to prospective buyers.
The value far outweighs the cost of impact windows and doors to your property. Over several years you will recoup the cost of your windows and have money to spare!