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arrowHurricane Resistant Windows: Cost and Advantages

Hurricane-resistant windows or storm-proof windows are composed of impact resistant glass, containing a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) between two slabs of glass. The most effective type of impact-resistant window is the inner-membrane window. An impact-resistant glass will probably shatter on impact but it will remain attached to the inner membrane along with the window frame.

There is always the alternative of using a shatter-resistant film that covers window glass, that will prevent glass from shattering.

Hurricane Windows Cost

Hurricane-resistant windows can increase your overall construction cost. However, at the same time, they will offer great protection during storm season and can be very useful to protect property and may be the reason on how you can get a reduced prime in your insurance cost. A good hurricane window cost will be between $40 and $55 a square-foot, and this will include the frame and the hurricane-proof glass. Some studies have shown that by installing hurricane windows, the construction cost will be increased only by a few thousand dollars on a new home. As an average, a hurricane impact door size 60" x 80" can cost about $1,900 while a sliding window 72" X 80" is around $1950. A single hung window cost is between $500 and $600, material only.

Hurricane-Resistant Windows Material Guideline

The main options to consider as hurricane resistant windows are aluminum, vinyl, and wood. Aluminum could probably be the strongest of the three, providing excellent results when hurricane conditions are present. Their main drawback is that they will need to be painted with time.

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