Hurricane Windows Reviews
SW Florida Hurricane Windows
Thanks much for the advice, I will try that approach as the installer just poo poo's the problem and says that the windows are a product of Anderson so they should be a decent window. All my windows have an id in the glass portion of the window. Also we have a home in sw florida and are considering building a home there and would like a product for that area as well but must be hurricane rated.
[Site Editor Response]
Lorelei, in terms of hurricane rated windows, I would suggest looking at Custom Window Systems, PGT and Simonton. All of them are definitely available throughout Florida and offer nice quality vinyl windows at a mid range price.
Florida Hurricane Windows
I live on the Florida coast and need to update my single pane windows with a hurricane window. My contractor likes the Simonton 9800 Impressions with the laminted glass upgrade. I like this option too since they are less expensive than other storm windows we are looking at; PGT and Gorell. According to the contractor, the 9800 models will stand up to a Cat 4 hurricane but the window isn't actually considered a storm window per se. Just curious if this information is correct and what options are out there.
Simonton does make a storm window, called the Stormbreaker, which is probably stronger than the Impressions - and more expensive. The 9800 with the laminated glass will provide some nice protection, but not as much as the PGT Winguard model or the Gorell 5400 window - again these models will probably run more. If you do go with the Impressions 9800, spring for the sash reinforcement and the High TL with the high tilt latch (this should increase the DP rating up to around a 65). In the end, it will come down to budget, but you have some nice options available to you in that area.
[2nd Contractor Response]
Your contractor was correct that the Simonton 9800 window is not hurricane certified, but is a strong window with some upgrades included such as the laminated glass. The Simonton Stormbreaker has a steel reinforcement in the sash and will be stronger - but probably not much more than the 9800 with the upgrades to the 9800 model.
PGT vs CWS Impact Windows
We're looking at Custom Window Systems for our hurricane windows, but there isn't much out there on the company. I'm also wondering what other companies I should look at in Florida?
CWS does make a very good hurricane window and they are not too crazy in terms of overall window cost (or they shouldn't be). I recently put a ton of single hungs into a home in Florida and the homeowner was very pleased. They have a very cool latch and auto lock feature that is quite nice. The other company you should look at is PGT windows, which is my go to company. It's more expensive and some homeowners just can't afford to go that route (in which case I suggest the Custom Window Systems). One downside to the CWS is no double hung because it's more difficult to make them hurricane code complaint.
PGT Hurricane Windows
PGT laminates most of their own glass, and they do a really good job. Some of it is outsourced. Simonton gets their glass from a vendor, don't know if it really effects quality though. PGT mostly makes aluminum. They hold up well under Florida storm season, and are one of the biggest sellers of impact windows in the southeast.
Astor Hurricane Windows
Astor Windows replaced all of our windows and 2 exterior doors last year after our insurance required us to get hurricane windows to avoid giving us a significant bump in the cost of insurance. There were lots of details involved and they did a great job handling it all. They handled all the planning and permitting, installation and inspeections.
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