Hurricane Impact


Hurricane damage can result from wind and rain as well as projectiles, which may strike a window at speeds of over 100 miles per hour.


One of the key factors in maintaining the integrity of the building envelope is ensuring the resistance of windows to high impacts caused by hurricane force winds. Virtually every type of product made by Architectural Window has been certified to a large missile impact rating as required in many areas by local, state and federal regulations. Generally, most new construction that is near a coastal area requires testing and conformance to hurricane impact standards.

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Architects must balance longevity, cost, risk and beauty while controlling the effects of temperature, water, wind, acoustics and storm-driven projectiles. Architects collaborate best with manufacturers driven by an equal passion for balance and control.