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How to Choose Impact Windows

South Florida is one of the most beautiful places to live. But when hurricane season comes around, it is very important to keep your family and belongings safe. Many local cities and counties in South Florida have now changed their building codes and require impact resistant windows. If you are currently building a home or plan on building in the South Florida area, it is very important that you check with local building codes and regulations to see if installing impact resistant windows is required.

Wood

Wood framed windows are a popular choice among homeowners. They are made by a variety of manufacturers, who offer a beautiful finished product. However, wood framed windows tend to be expensive and not really made for sunny South Florida. Although, many higher end properties do have wood framed impact windows. Some wood windows even meet the energy star requirements and could make you eligible for a tax rebate.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows have been around for about 40 years. When they first came on to the market, they were sold as wood windows with a vinyl surface. Today, most of the window frame itself is made out of vinyl and is extremely durable. However, vinyl has not been as popular in South Florida as it has been in other parts of the country. One great thing about vinyl-framed windows is that it meets federal energy star requirements and therefore may entitle you to a tax rebate.

Aluminum

Aluminum is hands down the most widely used window frame in South Florida. Many homeowners associate a metal window to long life and durability. However, one important thing to keep in mind is how the window frame is held together. If you’re in a salt environment, like most places in South Florida, you need to make sure that you are using stainless steel fasteners and hardware to hold the window together.

All three materials are known for their durability, strength, and relatively low maintenance. However, Aluminum’s major drawback is its lack of energy efficiency. This is due to aluminum being a metal and therefore conducting heat, which may have a negative impact on energy efficiency. Today’s aluminum framed windows have extra features to help with its energy efficiency. However, vinyl framed windows typically will have greater energy efficiency. Hurricane Windows in Fort Lauderdale can be a big decision, choose wisely, choose Vico!

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