What is an Impact Window? And what is the difference between an Impact Window and a Non-Impact Window? Florida, for the most part, has two main classifications on windows and doors that are allowed to be installed in the state. The two main categories are considered to be: Hurricane-Impact Rated and Non-Impact Rated Windows. The only difference between these two categories is the Hurricane-Impact Rated Windows have a sheet of safety glass bonded together with a high strength interlayer, which prevents the glass from being penetrated (Just like the windshield of a car). In regards to the Non-Impact Rated Window, there are still two panes of glass, just no laminate layer of glass (safety glass). Both Impact and Non-Impact Windows are available in Vinyl and Aluminum Frames.
Do I require Impact Rated Windows in my home? When replacing windows and doors in Florida, this is a common question every consumer will face. Florida Building Code determines whether or not your home/condo requires your property to have Impact Rated Windows based on your property’s location. There are some general rules of thumb for people in Volusia County. For example, if you live on the isthmus (beachside), you are required to get replacement Impact Rated windows. There are two exceptions to this rule. For example, you can have electric storm shutters that were permitted when installed. The other exception is the 25% rule, which is sort of misleading because it’s the name of the rule, however it allows the homeowner to change out ONLY ONE WINDOW PER YEAR with a non-impact rated window, where Impact is required. When replacing windows and doors, your contractor will have to pull a permit, and will be required to identify the type of windows they are using. This will then have to be approved by the plans examiner and later the building inspector. If you have any questions regarding doors and windows, please feel free to give me a call! I’d love to help answer your questions.
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