When you live in a hurricane-prone area, you know that the storms can cause a lot of damage. Even a category one hurricane can pack some pretty strong winds that will go through windows and damage your house. There are several things that you can do. One is that you can choose to go with a house that has absolutely no windows, but that really isn't practical. There are other options though. One is that you can get windows that are specifically designed to deal with hurricanes.
Hurricane-Proof vs. Hurricane-Resistant
When you are looking for windows that are more likely to survive a hurricane, then you might get told that there are hurricane-proof windows. The fact is that calling those windows hurricane-proof is kind of a misnomer. No window is truly hurricane-proof. A window that was hurricane-proof would not break, no matter what came at it. However, until they figure out a way to make see-through steel, that's not going to happen. So, what these windows are is hurricane resistant. That means that they can stand up to a lot of what a hurricane can throw at them and not break. However, there is going to be a point where the windows may break. That point is going to be a lot further along than it would be if the windows weren't hurricane-resistant. So, what does it take to make a window hurricane-resistant?
Laminated Safety Glass
Hurricane impact windows are generally made out of laminated safety glass. Laminated glass is made up of layers of glass. The layers of glass are stuck together with a strong adhesive. The two panes of glass are adhered together and then generally put under an extreme amount of pressure to make sure that they go from being separate pieces to being one solid piece. The adhesive might be a resin that will not only stick the two pieces of glass together; it would also add more strength. The benefit of using laminated glass is that one layer of the glass can get broken, but the other layer doesn't. The lamination will also make sure that any pieces of broken glass stay together and aren't flying around your house hurting anyone.
If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you want to make sure that you are going to be as safe as possible. Hurricane impact windows may be a good choice.