Pros and Cons of Impact Windows
Here's a "Not So Fun Fact" for you: Florida is the most hurricane abused state in the U.S. We've been hit 114 times by thirty 7 major systems. The next worse state is Texas with 63. On top of that, about 10 tropical storms develop over the Atlantic Ocean every year. As Floridians, we are at Mother Nature's mercy more often than not. Therefore, proper preparation beforehand is crucial to keep your family and home safe from any damaged inflicted by high winds or flying debris. There's a number of ways to hurricane proof your home, with IMPACT WINDOWS being the most complete form of protection, in my opinion. The only downside I can think of is that they can be pricey, but they pay for themselves in terms of protection to property and people.
The reason why I believe impact windows offer more complete protection than other options like hurricane shutters is that hurricane shutters can only protect you from hurricanes, while impact windows can protect against all kinds of impacts, inside and out. Impact windows can protect you from burglary by not allowing intruders in your home. Impact windows also add to your home's energy efficiency.
Having impact windows also allows light to come into your home during a hurricane as well as a view of the outside. If you own temporary shutters then you know the hassle of having to install them every time there's a tropical storm or hurricane lurking around.
Lastly, the most obvious pro for installing impact windows is that they are aesthetically appealing. There's a diverse variety of styling that will surely match your taste. Impact Windows are becoming the most preferred form of protection in South Florida and are inevitably the future. At the end of the day whether you choose to go with impact windows or hurricane shutters please have some form of protection other than a 4x4 and duct tape and make sure you choose a reputable company that can inform you on the right products to keep your home as safe as possible.