Hurricane Shutters vs. High Impact Windows

There is a common misconception that hurricane shutters are all that a home needs to endure a hurricane.  Though hurricane shutters are certainly better than no protection at all, they are not the same as high impact windows.  Let’s look at how these two differ and why one is superior for home protection. 

Hurricane Shutters 

If your home has hurricane shutters, it is an indication that your windows are likely outdated. Hurricane shutters are typically added to older windows or older homes, meaning the windows likely have some flaws.  Hurricane shutters require regular maintenance to maintain their functionality, which is an added expense you won’t experience with impact windows. Shutters are also awkward and inconvenient to install and require adequate storage space when not in use. 

It is certainly tempting to add new shutters to old windows.  However, doing so might be a mistake.  The negative pressure created with the addition of new shutters to old windows can suck the window directly out of its opening, creating that much more damage during a nasty hurricane.  Making matters worse is the fact that hurricane shutters corrode and erode faster, especially after exposure to water when the storm passes through. 

High Impact Windows 

A large part of the appeal of high impact windows is they provide superior outside visibility.  Keep in mind, your hurricane shutters will keep you shuttered indoors in the dark without any visibility of the world outside.  That’s no way to live life, even if it is only for a day or two during a powerful hurricane. 

An added bonus of high impact windows is they do not require the addition of shutters.  This means you will spend less money and invest less time and effort to protect your home. 

Another key advantage of high impact windows is they can save you money in terms of insurance.  High impact windows have more affordable insurance premiums.  Home insurance providers view homes with high impact windows as less of a risk for insurance as these formidable barriers provide superior protection.   

Another bonus is high impact windows fortify the home that much better, ultimately providing essential protection against burglars and other intruders.  Also, if you dislike outdoor noise, you will find your high impact windows keep it out of your home, ultimately ensuring you have a peaceful space of your own.  If that weren’t enough to sway you toward high impact windows, the fact that these windows decrease energy consumption will likely convince you to invest in elite windows instead of opting for comparably cheap and ineffective shutters. 

ARMORVUE has the High Impact Windows Your Home Needs 

Do not take any unnecessary chances this hurricane season.  Choose high impact windows over hurricane shutters and you will rest easy knowing you have done your best to protect your home.  If you’re interested in taking advantage of all of the benefits that new high impact windows have to offer, or if you’re interested in learning more about them in general, call the leading window replacement company in Florida. Call the experts at ARMORVUE Window & Door! 


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