7 reasons why you should install impact windows and doors
Why install impact windows?
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.
Impact windows protect your property/home from storms and hurricanes.
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 3 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 is broken, the barrier between high outdoor pressures produced by hurricanes and the internal lower pressure of your home is broken, and this will cause massive internal damage, destroying your home and putting lives at risk.
Reduce homeowners insurance costs.
When insurance companies assess the risk of insuring your property, they take many factors into consideration. 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.
Sleep soundly with a reduction of noise pollution.
Technology has come a long way since the introduction of impact protection products. Soundproofing is another major factor in making a decision 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.
Increased security in your home or office.
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! This is also another contributing factor for a reduction in home insurance.
Significant reduction of your energy bills.
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.
Pace financing available for anyone with equity.
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 on the property’s regular tax bill, and 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.
Increase the resale value of your property.
Why install impact windows? Because of all of the reasons above, more and 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 definitely increase the resale value, as well as making your home a more attractive proposition to prospective buyers.