When architect Daniel Dawson, AIA, of Daniel Thayer Dawson Architect, designed a $2.5 million waterfront home for a client in Gulfport, Florida, he did his research up-front to find the best impact-resistant windows possible.
"There are 61 windows in this home that sits right on a bay," says Dawson. "The rear of the home maximizes glass to capture the views and connect the homeowners with the outdoors. The property is so large that shuttering up every time a hurricane is forecast would be extremely inconvenient and time-consuming.
"The appeal of never having to board up their windows is one tremendous asset that led me to Simonton StormBreaker Plus windows. These windows are 'on guard' 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If they're impacted by flying debris during a storm, the glass may fracture, but it will not break out of its frame."
Tested at the AAMA-certified Simonton Windows product development center, vinyl windows in the StormBreaker Plus product line go through rigorous structural, thermal and impact testing. Air cannons shoot lumber missiles at windows at a rate of 33 mph to simulate flying debris during hurricanes. Four stages of increasing pressure are placed on windows to test the structure of the units. And, multiple nozzles spray water at the windows to make sure the frames do not leak.
"As a bonus, these windows offer superior energy-efficiency benefits and are ENERGY STAR qualified," says Dawson. "They also help protect the home against noise and solar penetration and even impede break-ins by potential intruders."
See Babb Custom Homes Relies on Simonton StormBreaker Plus® Windows for Coastal Home Construction and Dr. Frank Takes Swing at Simonton StormBreaker Plus Windows for more details on Simonton StormBreaker Plus products.