Upgrading To Impact Resistant Glass On Your Home Windows

If you live in an area that is prone to glass damage for one reason or another, you might want to consider replacing the windows on your home with impact resistant windows to prevent them from getting broken again, These are a great addition to a home on the beach, a home on a golf course, or maybe right near a sports field. Any window that could have an impact from a foreign object is a good candid for an impact resistant glass.

What Is Impact Resistant Glass?

Impact-resistant glass is built to withstand impacts from a foreign object and while it may break, it will not shatter and come apart. The window starts with a high strength aluminum frame and holds two panes of tempered glass. The panes are bonded to a shatterproof poly membrane. The membrane is in the middle and holds the glass shards in place if the glass does get broken. The tempered glass is harder to break because of the hardening process used on it. Add to that the bonding of the panels and you have one tough piece of glass and since all the pieces are clear, you can not tell unless you look close that they are special glass at all.

Sizes and Shapes

Impact resistant glass is not unlike other windows in that they can be ordered to fit just about any home. If your home has existing windows in it that you want to change to impact resistant windows, you will have to measure the windows and get the dimensions to the glass company that you are buying your windows through. If you would rather they come out and measure the windows for you, they will more than likely do that since you are buying from them.

Installation Of Your New Windows

If you are going to have these windows installed in your home, the best thing to do is hire a contractor to do the installation. The process will go much fast and you can be sure it is done right when it is done. If you are considering adding a window that was not in the house, it is important that you understand bearing walls, how to check for wiring, and how to open the wall and frame the headers in to support the glass. These windows will be durable but they are heavier than standard glass so the contractor may need to add some support when they are installed. Once your windows are in, they will look great and offer the security and safety you need for your home.