Thunderstorms: Can You Make Your Windows Impact-Resistant?

If you live in an area of the country prone to severe thunderstorms during the year, you need to make your windows as impact-resistant as you possibly can. But if you can't find windows that meet your expectations, you may cover your windows with boards instead. Rather than cover your windows with boards during severe storms, install impact-resistant windows on your house instead. Learn how severe thunderstorms damage windows and how impact-resistant windows protect your home from them below.

How Severe Can Thunderstorms Be?

Thunderstorms can occur throughout the year in some places. The storms can produce different types of weather conditions that can impact your home's windows, including straight-line winds. Straight line winds can trigger various weather conditions that can suck out or damage the glass in your windows. 

Straight line winds, such as derechos and downbursts, are the strongest types of winds to develop during severe thunderstorms. Derechos and downbursts can be fast enough to suck the glass out of their window frames. The winds may also pull out everything located behind or near the windows.

Homeowners in storm areas can protect their homes from derechos and downbursts with impact-resistant windows. Impact-resistant windows generally come with their own frames and glass. The heavy-duty frames come in several waterproof materials, including aluminum and vinyl. The frames prevent water from slipping inside the home during heavy rainstorms. 

The laminated or insulated glass used to strengthen and protect impact-resistant windows is generally thick and resilient. The glass doesn't shatter during impact, which protects the occupants in the home from glass-related injuries. 

If you're tired of boarding up your home during thunderstorms, install impact-resistant windows around your home today. 

How Can Impact-Resistant Protect Your House?

First, contact a window installation contractor and schedule an appointment with them. A contractor can walk around your home and inspect every window on it. A contractor needs to know the number and size of windows you need to replace in your home.   

Before a contractor installs your windows, they'll remove the old window frames and glass from your home. After a window installation contractor removes the old windows from your home, they'll install the impact-resistant windows in their place.

The installation process shouldn't take long to complete. However, it may take longer to install your windows if your home has termite damage, wood rot, or something else that may affect the security of your new windows. In this case, you may need to replace the damaged wood before a contractor installs the rest of your windows. 

You can learn more about impact-resistant windows by calling, emailing, or texting a window installation contractor today.