If your home needs new windows, and you live in the Southern United States where it tends to be hot most of the year and where you also tend to get some serious storms, there are some specific features you are going to want to look for in new windows for your home.
#1 Impact Resistant
The first feature that you want to look for is impact-resistant windows. Impact-resistant windows are a large investment; however, they are worth it if you live somewhere that frequently gets storms that come with high wind speeds. These types of windows contain a layer of polyvinyl butyral in between the two different layers of glass that make up the window.
These windows are designed to be stronger and to be able to resist being hit by objects at very high speeds, like one would encounter with wind surrounding storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes.
Even if the window does shatter, it should not create safety issues for your home. If the outer layer of glass shatter, it will be held in place by the inner layer of polyvinyl butyral and keep the glass from flying into your home at high speeds.
Adding these types of windows to your home may even help you reduce your overall insurance costs.
Second, when you live somewhere that is hot all the time, you are going to want to have windows installed that keep the hot air out of your home and keep the cool air inside. That is why you are going to want to install at least double-paned windows, and potentially triple-pane windows.
These thicker windows will prevent the transfer of heat through your windows and will increase the level of insulation that your windows provide your home with. Additionally, they will also cut down on the ambient noise from outside that makes its way into your home if you are looking for a little peace and quiet as well.
#3 Window Film
Third, you may want to consider installing windows that have a window film or tint on them that is specifically designed to cut down on the transmission of ultraviolet rays into your home. A lot of the heat in your home, when you live somewhere warm year-round, comes through your windows. When you have window tint on your windows, it cuts down on the heat that warms up your home and will help you reduce your energy costs. It is also a great way to strengthen your windows and ensure that if a storm were to break your windows, that the glass would stick to the window film before it entered your home.
If you live in the southern portion of the United States, where you get warm weather and serious storms, make sure that the windows that you purchase will protect you from serious storms and help you keep your home cool and as energy efficient as possible. To learn more, contact a company like Gilkey Windows.Share
19 July 2017
When was the last time you really looked at your home windows and thought about their condition? Although they can be easy to ignore, older windows or versions that have insulation troubles won't protect your home from steep temperature changes, pest infestations, or harsh UV sunlight. I decided to upgrade my own windows a few years ago, which is why I made this blog. Here, I have collected loads of information about window types, features, and styles, so that you don't have to guess when it comes to your brand new window installation. By using this information, your home can look better than ever.