When you live anywhere in Florida, particularly in its Southwest cities, hurricane scare is pretty much a yearly thing. However, the threat of a storm surge is limited to counties like Charlotte and Manatee, but cities like Miami are in danger. Therefore, it is no surprise that Miami residents are right there in-game when it comes to installing hurricane windows, looking for options. While those who have been around the state for a while know about hurricane-proofing homes, newbies in the town may not be as aware. If you are among the latter group and looking to switch from standard windows to hurricane-proof ones, here is what you need to know.

What sets hurricane windows apart from standard ones?

Generally, hurricane windows have two things that set them apart from regular ones: impact-resistant glass and reinforced frames made of aluminum or vinyl. Impact-resistant windows are usually made of both laminated and tempered glass. Here are a few types of glasses that are impact-resistant and used in hurricane windows:

Tempered Glass

This glass type is heat-treated. When it cools, the surfaces and edges become compressed, which makes it stronger than regular glass. Not only are they impact resistance, but it also doesn’t break into sharp-edged pieces. Instead, when it shatters, it breaks into blunt pebbles, reducing the risk of injury.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is created by bonding multiple glass panes with a thin layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) in between. As such, when it shatters, the pieces stick together and offer protection against wind and water during a storm.

Sentry Glass Plus

Sentry glass plus (SGP) is similar to PVB and is found in some laminated glasses, inserted between glass panes. However, they are five times stronger than PVB and much stiffer. The main difference is the clarity SGP laminate provides even after years of use, unlike PVB laminates.

What other features do hurricane windows have?

Other features in hurricane windows include,

Insulation and heat-reducing properties
Increases energy efficiency in the house
Reduced solar and UV radiation and emissivity

What to look for when buying hurricane windows

Manufacturers of storm-resistant windows in Florida usually have Notice of Acceptance (NOAs) by Miami-Dade County. Therefore, when buying these windows, you need to look for brands with document NOAs for their products.


We cannot predict what the next hurricane does to our homes. However, it is better to be prepared than be caught by surprise by the results. As such, hurricane proofing the house through impact-resistant windows and doors is a necessity when living in Florida and other hurricane-prone areas. Doing this becomes easier when you know what you need and what can help.

Author's Bio: 

Caitlyn Bell is an Arts student whose experiences in life make her really tougher than anyone else. She can lend you expert tips on diverse topics ranging from relationship to fashion, making money, health and so on.