Building distinctive homes in the coastal areas of the Carolinas requires attention to both design detail and the products used that may need to withstand severe weather conditions. For more than nine years, the team at Babb Custom Homes has relied on impact-resistant Simonton StormBreaker Plus® vinyl windows to capture waterfront views and help protect their homes.
"Simonton Windows has been our preferred window company since 2004," says Heather Babb, office manager of Babb Custom Homes out of Little River, S.C. "We get the strength, beauty, low-maintenance and energy efficiency features our clients desire all in one product line.
"Our customer's expectations are extremely high because we're building them a once-in-a-lifetime custom home. We always strive to exceed their expectations and Simonton Windows helps us do that on a regular basis."
The variety of home styles designed and constructed by Babb Custom Homes ranges from single- to multi-level properties. Most of the homes feature expansive use of windows, some including three-story "walls of windows" to capture outside views.
"Codes in our area require either impact-resistant windows or boarding up windows with plywood in anticipation of a storm," says Charlie Babb, owner of Babb Custom Homes. "One key factor that keeps us as a loyal Simonton customer is that we have found their StormBreaker Plus windows surpass code requirements for our area, which helps our homeowner clients attain lower home insurance rates.
"In addition, we also encourage our customers to go with the no-hassles route of having StormBreaker Plus windows. These windows help protect the home 24/7 and this way homeowners don't have to mess with putting up and taking down heavy, unsightly plywood panels every time a major storm is forecast."
Constructed of remarkably sturdy reinforced vinyl profiles, StormBreaker Plus windows feature impact-resistant glass that helps withstand high winds and flying debris without the need for plywood or shutters. The energy-efficient windows are approved to the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) certification standards through the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Florida Building Commission (FBC).
StormBreaker Plus windows and doors are tested in compliance with the windborne debris standards adopted in the International Residential Building Code, and the Florida Building code. This ensures that they can be used in all regions of the country that have building code requirements for impact-resistant products. This includes the Florida coast, the Gulf of Mexico coast and the east coast, and is recognized by the Texas Department of Insurance windstorm inspection program. Products with SafePoint glass have passed ASTM E1886-05/1996-09 at the Missile “C” level and can withstand repeated blows by a heavy object.