Hurricane Windows Costs & Prices



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Hurricane Window Costs

Hurricane windows costs will typically range from $500 to $1500 or more for a normal sized window fully installed. One reason why hurricane window prices are so much is the certification process that the manufacturer must undergo in order for the product to be considered a hurricane window.

One way companies get around this is to forego the hurricane window designation and to simply manufacture a well made unit that can be upgraded with features that will make it a hurricane code compliant window. Some of the upgrades that are typically required include a sill reinforcement, better spacer system, laminated glass etc.

Two exmples of windows that are not hurricane compliant, but can be upgraded to meet code include the Simonton 9800 series and the PGT 400 series.

-- Price Range: $500 to $1500 fully installed --


Impact Window Basics

Hurricane windows have several names, including storm and impact windows, although often storm windows are simple inserts that work with a home's existing windows. In order to "qualify" as a hurricane window, the window units must undergo stringent testing and certification to insure they can stand up to hurricane like conditions. Hurricane windows must have a Design Pressure rating of 45 or higher. DP is a measure of how much pressure a window can withstand.

In order to achieve this DP 45 rating, manufacturers typically use laminated glass, which is much stronger than your standard replacement window glass. In fact, the glass is probably single most important component of a hurricane window and it's ability to withstand the impact from rocks, debris and whatever else mother nature can throw its way. Most home windows use a clear or low-e glass, which is fine for most areas. However, in a severe storm or hurricane, the low-e glass will shatter if struck by debris. Laminated glass is much stronger than low-e glass and may crack when struck by a heavy blow, but will not shatter and allow the mass of air into the home and can cause considerable damage.

In addition to the glass used, most impact windows will also use upgraded components and mainframe features such as strong corner welds, sash reinforcements, as well as well made seals and weatherstripping. The result is a more durable and well built window that can stand up to the extreme weather found in hurricane prone areas.

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Hurricane Window Prices

Make no mistake, hurricane windows cost more than a standard window. Laminated glass adds $125 to the cost of the window alone. The additional features, upgrades and certification also adds to the cost of the window. On the plus side, installation should not be any more difficult or expensive than a normal replacement window. As a general rule of thumb, a hurricane window will run 25% more than a comparable non impact replacement window.

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Storm Windows

Storm windows are removable inserts that are installed on either the exterior or interior of an existing window and provide increased insulation, damage protection and soundproofing qualities to an existing window. The frame of a storm window is constructed from either aluminum, vinyl, or real wood.

The window itself is almost always a single pane (as opposed to a dual pane) that is sealed within the exterior frame to create a watertight unit. Most storm windows will have one or multiple vents in the frame to allow the storm window unit to "breeze" and not collect excess condensation on the inside of the pane.

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