October 21, 2023

Securing Your Home with Impact Windows and Doors

Your Family's Safety Matters

Providing a safe and secure home for your family should be a top priority, and installing impact windows and doors is one of the best ways to protect your home against intruders, severe weather, and other external threats. Unfortunately, many aren’t aware of how to properly protect and keep their homes safe. Burglaries and break-ins can shatter that sense of security. Luckily, impact windows and doors offer a practical solution that also proves to be an excellent investment in protecting what matters most - your family.

There are steps you can take to enhance your home's security and protect the things that matter most. One of the most effective ways to achieve this is by upgrading to impact-resistant windows and doors.


The Vulnerability of Outdated Doors and Windows

You may not realize it, but outdated doors and windows can leave your home dangerously vulnerable to intruders. A standard hollow wood or fiberglass entry door can be easily kicked in or pried open with simple tools. The locks on these doors are also often cheap and ineffective, allowing burglars to quickly gain access.

Outdated single or double-pane windows are another easy point of entry. Older windows lack reinforced framing and shatter easily when struck with force. Many of the outdated windows will have glass that is deglazed due to extreme temperatures and time. Intruders know these weaknesses all too well, and they won't hesitate to break right through a weak window to get into your home.


The Strength of Impact Doors

This is where impact doors come to the rescue. They are specially designed and reinforced, effectively deterring trespassers and intruders. The first line of defense of impact doors is their rugged construction. Unlike traditional hollow doors, impact doors are built to withstand repeated and significant blows and force. They feature enhanced hinges for maximum strength. 

The upgraded metal hinges and astragal strips that cover the seam between the door panel and frame, make it incredibly difficult for anyone to breach your entrance. Additionally, the commercial-grade locking mechanism engages steel pins at the top and bottom of the door frame, providing a three-point locking system.

No door is completely impenetrable, but impact doors come close. Their resilient construction, commercial-grade hardware, and innovative materials provide the optimal defense against forced entry. Investing in impact doors greatly reduces the risk of intruders successfully getting through your home's doorway.


The Resilience of Impact Glass

But what about your windows? This is where impact-rated glass truly shines. Inside the glass is a special inner layer made of Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) or SentryGlas® Plus (SGP) that gives the glass its incredible strength. This multi-layered construction makes it exceptionally tough to shatter.

If an impact-rated window were to be fractured, the bonded layers and lamination keeps the glass pane intact. In fact, most impact windows are designed to withstand projectiles traveling at speeds of over 160 mph. Some upgraded models can even endure hurricane-force winds exceeding 200 mph. It's a level of protection that gives you peace of mind.


Financial Benefits: Reduced Insurance Costs

Enhancing your home's security isn't just about protecting your loved ones and possessions, it also brings financial benefits. Upgrading to impact-resistant doors and windows can qualify you for discounts on your insurance premiums. In Florida specifically, the ability of a homeowner to protect their home from wind damage secondary to hurricanes is rewarded by many insurance companies for investing in risk mitigation.

Reduced insurance rates can help offset the initial cost of upgrading to impact-resistant windows and doors. It's an investment that pays off in both enhanced security and long-term savings.


Don't Wait - Act Now

Your family's safety should always be a top priority. Don't wait until a break-in occurs or for a hurricane warning to act. Proactively fortify your home with impact-rated selections from Blue Diamond Impact. Rest easy knowing that your loved ones and valuables are better protected against unlawful entry.


Contact Us for a Free Windows and Doors Assessment

If you're considering upgrading your doors and windows, don't hesitate to reach out to us. Blue Diamond Impact offers a free assessment of your windows/doors to help you choose the best impact-resistant models for your specific needs. Our team of experts is here to guide you through the process to ensure your home is secure.