Your windows do a lot. Not only do they protect against UV rays and improve your energy efficiency, but they also protect you from rain, hail, and debris during a storm. Homeowners living in Miami need to be selective when deciding on what kind of glass windows they will install to keep their homes safe. Our impact-resistant products provide protection, security, and peace of mind.
CM Glass is a family-owned and operated company specializing in all things custom glass Miami. From glass cabinet doors to glass furniture, and glass partition walls Miami to impact-resistant windows, we can advise you of the many high-quality, affordable products available to fit any budget and style. Contact us today at (305) 261-4500.
What is impact glass?
Deciding to install impact glass windows is a significant investment. CM Glass will gladly answer all your questions and provide options for windows and doors that suit your home and style preferences. Impact glass is manufactured in a way that makes it strong enough to withstand repeated impact by solid objects. Impact windows are installed within a heavy-duty frame to remain securely in place.
Is impact glass the same as hurricane glass?
Although the terms are often used interchangeably, hurricane-resistant windows are not the same as impact-resistant windows. Hurricane-proof windows must withstand hurricane-force winds up to 160 mph. One defining characteristic of hurricane-resistant glass is its flexibility, which is why it withstands strong winds. By contrast, impact-resistant glass can be struck by a solid object and resist its impact.
What is the difference between tempered and impact glass?
Tempered glass windows are about four times more expensive than standard glass. Also known as safety glass, tempered glass is manufactured through a heating treatment with temperatures sometimes exceeding 600 degrees Celsius. Then the tempered glass undergoes high-pressure cooling. As the outer surface cools, tension builds in between the panes of glass, giving it its strength. It’s meant to break into tiny pieces rather than large shards.
How strong is impact glass?
Impact-resistant windows are given a Design Pressure (DP) Rating by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and the Window and Door Manufacturers Association on how much wind they can withstand. The higher the DP rating, the higher the impact resistance.
Hurricane Impact Windows and Doors
Ever since Hurricane Andrew, protection from wind-borne debris damage has been at the forefront of Miami homeowners. Storm shutters aren’t necessary when you have hurricane-impact windows and doors, so call CM Glass today at (305) 261-4500 to schedule your impact glass installation.
Impact glass windows and doors are usually made from a combination of laminated glass and tempered glass. Laminated glass comprises two panes of glass with a clear middle layer of film or vinyl, which gives it its strength. That inner layer also holds the glass together in the rare event that something cracks it. Laminated glass is designed and manufactured to withstand repeated impact by a nine-pound wooden 2 x 4 beam traveling at 34 mph.
Unwavering Hurricane Protection
Hurricane Impact glass is made to withstand winds up to 158 mph or a Category 5 hurricane. The laminated glass in impact windows will protect you and your home from flying debris and thick hail.
Impact-Resistant Tips & Advice
Impact windows and hurricane-proof windows should be installed by a professional to ensure that they are fastened securely in place. Choose a company that has been around for decades. CM Glass is a boutique business in Miami that has been serving Miami residents for over 30 years. Call us for any glass desires and needs, like sliding glass doors and glass staircases Miami.
The best time to prep for a storm is well before hurricane season. CM Glass is ready to show you all available options in our showroom. Call now to discuss hurricane-impact glass options for the windows and doors in your Miami home.