Well, you could take the experimental route and wait until a hurricane hits to find out. But if that approach is a little too suspenseful for you, we totally understand. Below, we’ll look at some other, much more prudent ways to tell whether or not the windows on your home are hurricane proof. For instance, you could:
Read the Label
If you’ve recently purchased windows for your home or business and they still have the labels on them, it should say whether or not they are hurricane proof or “impact-resistant”. This information can also usually be found on other documents that come with the windows such as an owner’s manual or product guide. However, if the windows in your home were there when you moved in, you probably won’t have access to the product information on the labels or owner’s manual. In that case:
Look for a Permanent Mark
Many hurricane-proof windows are made with panes of tempered glass that often have a small insignia or label etched into one of the corners. This permanent mark helps to identify the type of glass, the manufacturer, where it was made, and the standards under which it was manufactured. If this mark doesn’t explicitly state that the windows are impact-resistant, it should at least give you a model number or production number that can reference when you contact the manufacturer.
Look for a Double Reflection
Hold an object up next to the glass and look for a reflection. Since hurricane-proof windows are made with two or more panes of glass, you should be able to see more than one reflection. If you can see multiple reflections, then your windows might be impact resistant, however, if they only have a single pane of glass, then they’re not.
Consult a Professional
If you’re not able to tell whether the windows in your home are hurricane proof by looking at them, someone with more experience might. The professionals at Sunrise Windows & Doors know hurricane-proof windows in and out and they can set up a consultation to examine your existing windows and tell you if they’re impact resistant or if you could use an upgrade. Click here to locate the nearest Sunrise dealer in your area.