In some cases, having impact resistant windows is not enough to avoid headaches during a storm.  To mitigate damages of your floors, baseboards, drywall, blinds, carpet, and furniture among others, it is very important to maintain or inspect certain components to guarantee the systems performance.

1. Are Locks Working Properly?

Inspect the locking hardware.  Ensure operable panels are locked properly to avoid them opening with the high winds a storm can bring.   Periodically, clean the locks and lubricate them to maintain their proper function.

2. Is your Weather-stripping, Gaskets, and wet glaze in good condition?

Inspect the weather-stripping, gaskets and wet glaze of the doors and windows. Visually inspect these components for any missing chunks, damage, cracks, movement, or lack of compression.  Any of these signs, could mean that the component needs to be replaced.

3. Are the weather components in the correct position?

This is one of the hardest inspections to do. Each System/manufacturer has weathering components strategically installed along the frame to minimize the strength of air coming thru.

It is important to keep in mind that operable system is not air and watertight. Existing gaps are necessary for panel movement and alignment.

4. Are weep holes unclogged and/or debris-free?

Weep holes are small openings that allows water to drain from within an assembly. It is crucial to have the weep holes inspected to make sure they are free of debris.  If they get clogged, these must be cleaned to restore their proper draining function.

5. Are screw heads sealed properly?

Since it rains most of the year in Florida, this inspection should not be limited to just hurricane season, but throughout the entire year.  Anchors need be sealed to avoid water entering the frame’s predrilled penetrations.  Within time, this sealant disintegrates or peels, leaving a perfect path for water to enter the system causing mold growth and destroying surrounding components.

6. Are the Vents or Panels properly aligned?

Check the Alignment of Vents and/or panels with the frame.  Proper alignment will guarantee that the locks, weather-stripping, gaskets, and pile pads can achieve their purpose.  This simple step is a compliment to all previous maintenance steps.

Following these guidelines, will ensure that your impact resistant product(s) will be preforming at the very best level that they were designed. It is recommended that all of the above procedures be conducted by a professional licensed contractor at least every 6 months to ensure that your windows will be in the best shape possible to confront the worst of the elements.

Casement Windows

Casement Windows

A casement window swings open like a door. Hinged on the side, casement windows provide excellent ventilation and unlike a single hung, it has no center rail to obstruct the view.

Casement windows have very clean lines and incredible eye appeal with the advantage of quality aluminum construction.

Casement Window with Muntins

Casement Window with Muntins

Casement windows have very clean lines and incredible eye appeal. When used with colonial muntins give the appearance of wood but with the added advantage of quality aluminum construction.

Single Hung Windows

Single Hung Windows

A single hung window is a traditional style sash operable window that opens without using any interior or exterior space. It is a perfect choice for most living areas in your home.

The single-hung window is constructed with commercial-grade aluminum frames, architecturally correct and even sightlines, a water and air resistant captured bottom rail, stainless steel fasteners and multiple points of weatherstripping while maintaining the stylish look of a traditional single-hung window.

Horizontal Rolling Windows

Horizontal Rolling Windows

A horizontal rolling window operates similar to a sliding door. The sash slides open perfect for satisfying bedroom egress requirements and is a popular style for contemporary and modern homes.

The  horizontal rolling window is available in very large sizes up to 111″ x 76″ (58.5 SQF) in two and three panel configurations and with very high design pressures as high as +120 /-150 PSF.   Each operating sash is manufactured with a pair of patented stainless steel ball bearing supported quad rollers that ride on a nylon track providing a consistent and durable window operation.

Fixed Impact Glass Window

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows are typically used for openings that are larger or where an opening window is not required. They are used to expand the view and bring in more daylight.  A great choice for living rooms, dining rooms, master bedrooms and where ventilation is not a concern.

Rectangular fixed hurricane windows are perfect for really big openings. This product series is available in sizes up to 6′ x 10′. These products are great for modern and contemporary styling, or where large openings are desired.