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How Do I Install Impact Windows In My Home?

Hurricane impact windows protect your home from the high winds, flying debris, and rainfall of hurricanes and tropical storms. Installing impact windows in your home can also optimize your energy efficiency by reducing your energy bills, noise pollution, and the effects of harmful UV rays. 

In addition, impact windows protect against home intruders since they cannot break through the windows and enter your home. Installing impact windows is a process that should definitely be left up to the professionals. It takes a necessary skillset, as well as a list of tools and materials to properly perform a window replacement.

This is a guide introducing the process of how to install impact-resistant windows in your home. We’ll also discuss the benefits associated with professional impact window installation and how to get started!

Building Codes, Permits, & Licensing:

In most cases, building permits are required for the impact windows installation in the state of Florida. High-velocity hurricane zones, such as South Florida, especially require a building permit for installing impact windows. 

To install hurricane windows, you must fill out an application and submit it to your city’s building department. You must include the total value of the work to be done, the property’s square footage, and a description of the work to be carried out. 

This also includes pictures of the property and whatever proof that you have to support that your descriptions are accurate. Residential permits can take up to 30 days while commercial applicants can take up to 50 days.

Get the Tools & Materials:

Having the right tools and materials is essential for any home improvement project. There are ways to work within a budget, but you should never look to cut any corners. Having these tools will ensure that your hurricane impact windows are installed thoroughly and securely to avoid any issues down the line. 

Some standard tools used for installing impact windows include:

  • Hammer
  • Power drill/driver
  • Screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Safety glasses
  • Waterproof shims
  • Caulk gun
  • Small pry bar
  • Putty knife
  • Utility knife

Get the Skills:

The level of skills needed to replace your own windows with impact windows can vary. For instance, installing a full-frame replacement window is more complex than installing an insert replacement window. This is because an insert replacement window allows you to keep the existing window frame while a full-frame replacement window requires a window frame replacement.

A great place to start when determining the magnitude of your window replacement project is to ask a professional. Every installation is different, especially when considering the type of impact windows that you’re installing. 

We strongly recommend that you consult with a USA Home Improvement window installation specialist prior to the installation of any home improvement product. 

Professional Window Replacement & Installation:

Installing impact windows is a team effort. Handling that kind of project yourself without proper training or experience is never recommended. No matter what type of windows that you’re trying to have installed, USA Home Improvement has you covered.

Install your hurricane impact windows with USA Home Improvement so that you can protect your home from hurricane damage, loud noises, harmful UV light, and intruders. Also, insurance companies will allow you to qualify for certain discounts and deductions on your homeowner's insurance so that you can pay less!

Installing hurricane windows is always a sound investment to make, as they truly pay for themselves. South Florida residents especially reap the rewards of their impact windows since hurricane season is always around the corner. Get in on these awesome savings and protection benefits. Call USA Home Improvement today and we’ll help you get started!