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What are hurricane impact windows?

-Hurricane impact windows, also known as storm-proof windows, are designed to withstand the force of severe storms and prevent wind and debris from breaking through.

How do hurricane windows differ from regular windows?

-Unlike regular windows, hurricane windows are constructed with multiple layers of glass and a special interlayer to resist impact from flying debris.

What is the ASTM Missile Level E requirement for hurricane windows?

-The ASTM Missile Level E refers to the testing standard where windows are subjected to impacts from large missiles, like timber.

Are hurricane windows mandatory in Florida?

-In certain areas of Florida, especially the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ), installing hurricane windows is mandatory for new constructions. Please reference › Chapter_16_2010 for specific information on this.

What is the HVHZ in relation to hurricane windows?

-HVHZ stands for High Velocity Hurricane Zone. It's a designated area in Florida with specific building requirements due to its high risk of hurricanes.

How are hurricane windows tested for durability and strength?

-Hurricane windows undergo rigorous testing, including impact tests, pressure tests, and cyclic tests, as outlined in the International Code Council standards.

Do hurricane windows offer UV protection?

-Yes, all hurricane windows come with an optional low-e coating, which helps in reducing the fading of interior furnishings and improving energy efficiency.

Can hurricane windows be customized in design and style?

-Absolutely! While the primary function is protection, manufacturers understand the need for aesthetics and offer various designs, styles, and finishes.

How often should hurricane windows be replaced or maintained?

-With proper care, hurricane windows can last for decades. However, regular inspections and maintenance are crucial to ensure their effectiveness.

Are there any tax benefits or rebates for installing hurricane windows in Florida?

-Some local governments and insurance companies offer rebates or discounts for homes equipped with hurricane protection measures. It's best to check with local authorities or insurance providers for specific details.