For many homeowners, the serenity of living on a golf course can be suddenly interrupted by the sound of a golf ball crashing through a window. Replacing standard glass with impact-resistant windows that do not shatter as readily can give you more peace of mind about the safety of your home. Impact-resistant windows have an exterior pane that is meant to crack and absorb the energy of any flying objects (a golf ball can reach speeds of up to 170 mph). The interior pane is actually two pieces of glass with a flexible membrane in between.
Not every window on the market can claim to be impact resistant. There are testing standards set forth by the American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM) that must be met before the window is certified as being impact-resistant.
Impact-resistance windows also provide protection from storms and high-speed winds (common occurrences here in Florida). And they deter burglars by slowing down their attempts to force entry into your home. Your homeowner’s insurance may provide you a discount for having a higher level of protection for your home.
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