Impact Windows vs Hurricane Shutters in Florida

If you reside in a hurricane-prone area in the United States, you’ve probably considered installing accordion shutters or hurricane panels alongside the windows and doors of your house.

There are many states in the United States that are most likely to be hit by hurricanes and tropical storms every now and then but Florida is known as the state with the most hurricanes! Florida’s hurricane season runs from June 1st to November 30th annually.

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Hurricanes that go through Florida have had the tendency to cause severe storm damage from hurricane force winds to buildings and homes, no matter how strong they are, especially homes with old roofs, poor construction, or areas prone to flooding.

Regular windows can easily be broken by the pressure of hurricane winds if the glass used in them is not capable enough to resist the stormy, hurricane-sized winds and pressure.

This is when impact resistant glass and hurricane shutters are used to protect your home and family, but which one has an edge over the other when it comes to a high level of hurricane protection.

Impact Windows

Hurricane impact windows have been trending in the United States for a while now because they are certainly one of the best ways to protect your home from unforeseen storm damage.

The technology of impact resistant windows has been in use since the early 20th century and it was first installed in the windshield of cars making them impact-resistant.

This was done as a precautionary measure from unexpected road accidents but now impact glass is also used in the windows of Florida homes that are prone to get hit by severe storm damage or catastrophic hurricanes!

Why are hurricane impact windows better than the regular glass?

Because impact windows has the capacity to resist hurricane winds blowing up to 200 mph as compared to non impact windows.

Impact resistant windows can also act as a major barrier between you and intruders. Anyone trying to peek into your house secretly will have to break the hurricane windows first and believe us, that won’t come easily to intruders or looters. They also help to increase your homes value by boosting its curb appeal.

Hurricane Window Shutters

Hurricane window shutters are very similar to the impact windows as they are also used to protect windows from flying debris during tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricane shutters are installed over the existing windows in order to prevent the windows from getting damaged and are a permanent solution for hurricane season.

Although hurricane shutters can be used over any standard window glass as well, it’s better to install them over the impact windows, to ensure 100% protection from hurricanes and storm debris.

Our Hurricane Accordion Shutters are mainly manufactured from aluminum and steel but people also use plywood boards as they are less costly as compared to the aluminum ones but not as strong as aluminum. It is always recommended as a best option to use a Miami-Dade Approved Hurricane Shutter such as the Supernova Shutters brand for maximum hurricane protection in Florida and the Caribbean.

Hurricane Shutters for Florida Homes
Hurricane Shutter Protection for Patio

These types of hurricane shutters are available in a wide range of styles ranging from Accordion shutters, Motorized Hurricane Shutters and Bahama shutters to roll down shutters and commercial shutters for security from severe damage.

With a variety of hurricane shutter design, AMD Supply makes it easy to protect your house without compromising the curb appeal of your South Florida home.

Which One Offers Better Protection? 

Hurricane shutters vs impact windows? Both provide protection against severe storms but there are a few aspects in which they differ from each other.

Impact windows and doors are much more expensive than hurricane shutters and they can be installed on their own without having shutters over them. The process to remove your current windows and replace them with new windows that are impact resistant is a lengthy process; upwards to 6 months depending on supply lead times.

Hurricane shutters installed without any impact glass will still provide the protection your home or business needs to be safe during a hurricane and will cost a fraction of the cost vs impact windows. Currently, AMD Supply is the master distributor of the Florida Building Code Approved accordion shutters for residential homes and commercial buildings in Florida.

See why more and more satisfied customers are choosing the Supernova Shutters brand in Florida. Ask your hurricane shutter contractor for the Supernova Shutters, the Spruce’s #1 accordion hurricane shutter in 2022. You can call us directly at 786.671.0700 for more information and a free estimate for all the windows and doors, garages, and second story balconies that need hurricane protection. We can also export different types of hurricane shutters to Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Enjoy peace of mind while choosing between the two, evaluate and plan accordingly and protect your prized possession in the best way possible! Making sure your family and pets are safe during a Florida Hurricane is the most important thing to remember!

Get in touch and learn more about our Supernova Accordion Shutters.

Do I need hurricane shutters if I have impact windows?

For 100% protection during hurricane season in Florida and from storm debris, hurricane shutters can be used over any impact windows for the ultimate in hurricane protection.

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