Frequently Asked Questions

All of these standards are designed to give a uniform standard to test and grade impact windows for safety and reliability to withstand hurricane-force winds and flying debris. But the term hurricane windows is a little misleading. Impact windows increase safety, noise reduction, and intrusion resistance.
Impact-resistant windows and doors are often simply called impact windows and doors. They combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process to keep the glass from breaking away from its frame.
The return on investment for hurricane shutters is less than what it is for impact resistant windows. However, the cost of hurricane shutters is less than the cost of impact resistant windows. If you are on a budget and not too concerned with the return on investment, hurricane shutter may be the way to go.
Aluminum shutters and hurricane impact windows both provide protection against storms but there are few aspects in which they differ from each other. Impact windows are much more expensive than hurricane shutters and they can be installed on their own without having shutters over them.
Thermally broken refers to how the window is constructed. More precisely, it is manufacturing the aluminum frame window with a barrier in between the inside and outside window frames that will prevent the conductive thermal energy loss.
Burglars typically break the glass in a window or door, allowing them to unlock the unit and enter your home. Impact resistant windows are designed to withstand impact from debris at high speed. Rather than shattering like a traditional pane of glass, impact-resistant windows will splinter, but no breakthrough.
Low-E, or low-emissivity, glass was created to minimize the amount of infrared and ultraviolet light that comes through your glass, without minimizing the amount of light that enters your home. Low-E glass windows have a microscopically thin coating that is transparent and reflects heat.
Not only do hurricane impact windows and doors increase the value of your property, but they also payback in many other ways. Homeowner insurance companies will love the fact that your home is protected against hurricane-strength winds and as, an added bonus, they can thwart would-be burglars.
These windows are not only energy efficient but also cost effective. Read also Impact Windows Insurance Discount to know other important impact windows benefits. The main benefit of energy-efficient windows is that over time, they end up paying for themselves thanks to the savings on electricity and energy bills.
Yes, ES Windows and Doors have a Commercial line, as well as a residential line with many different products to fit the customer, needs, such as their Luxury line The Prestige or their efficient line the Elite, the Interior line Eli and Alessia.
Hurricane shutters are significantly cheaper than impact windows, and offer you protection from storm debris and UV rays. Hurricane shutters do not allow light to come into your home when they’re in use, and they can’t always protect your windows from breaking.
Tempered glass is harder and stronger than annealed glass. When tempered glass breaks, it breaks into small pebble shaped pieces like a car’s windshield after an accident. In general, heat treated or tempered glass is four times stronger than annealed glass. Tempered glass cannot be drilled or cut without shattering.
Because laminated glass holds up to impact better than other types of glass, this is what is used in modern windshields. The sandwiched interlayer gives the glass structural integrity and keeps it from shattering apart like tempered glass might. However, most tempered glass shatters to the ground upon impact.
Laminated Hurricane Impact Resistant Glass is comprised of two sheets of glass bonded together with a protective interlayer. Laminated glass is the primary hurricane barrier used in impact resistant windows.
No, ESW does not use non-impact glass on any of its products Made for the USA Market.
No, ESW does not make Vinyl windows, but they do make Thermally Broken products.
A: The term double-pane refers to a window that has two pieces of glass, while Low-E is a coating technique. Double-pane windows can be clear, tinted or have a low-e coating. However, low-e coating is not a standalone material. It requires a sheet of glass as a base material for its application.
Triple-pane glass replacement windows are more energy-efficient, they are more resistant to condensation, and will generally provide a higher level of comfort in your home. Before you buy, learn the difference between single, double and triple-pane windows.
Yes, they do, modular and glass railings with a Design load: +/- 120 psf.
Yes, it is. And it offers a variety of colors as standard for no upcharge.
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