Impact windows are typically manufactured from two sheets of tempered glass, with a layer of air trapped in between. The sheets are laminated to make them flexible enough to withstand blasts of hurricane or tropical storm force winds, as well as small debris carried by winds. When debris hits windows made of ordinary glass, the impact is enough to leave small cracks on the surface of the glass. Repeated impacts can shatter the glass along the cracks. When a hurricane is striking your home, shattered windows can offer obstruction-free entry and no resistance to the wind, creating a difference in atmospheric pressure between the inside and outside of your home which can actually blow the roof off.
Impact windows are also important in Jupiter because they have beneficial impact on a home’s resale value, as well as having an impact on tax reduction. Unfortunately, homeowners don’t always realize all of the major and second benefits that comes from improvements like impact windows and impact doors.