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Best Hurricane Windows

See our five selections for the best hurricane windows, from least expensive to most expensive. Click to leanr more on buying impact windows.

Least Expensive: Simonton 9800 Window

The Simonton 9800 vinyl window is not officially a hurricane window and is not promoted by Simonton as such. (Mainly because they are not allowed to since it does not have the required certification and testing credentials.) However, the 9800 can be upgraded with a sash reinforcement, impact tile latch, and laminate glass package to make it quite an effective hurricane window. The laminate glass upgrade (interlayer thickness of .6") is marketed by Simonton as both a security and sound upgrade. These upgrades will elevate the 9800 to a DP65 rating, which is quite impressive. The end result is a strong window that is much less expensive than almost any certified impact window available.

-- Suggested Price: $450 to $525 Installed --

Affordable: Simonton Stormbreaker Window

The Simonton Stormbreaker vinyl window is a certified impact window and is thus going to be more expensive than the 9800 series. It uses a .90 interlayer thickness, considerably thicker than the .6 on the 9800. The window includes a tempered exterior pane and a steel reinforcement in the sash rail. Interestingly, the Stormbreaker is also a DP65 window - the measure for how much wind pressure it can withstand. The Stormbreaker will be stronger in terms of withstanding actual debris hitting the window.

-- Suggested Price: $500 to $600 Installed --

Mid Range: PGT 400 Window

The PGT 400 vinyl window uses an aluminum reinforcement in the sash for additional strength. The 400 was orignially labelled as a hurricane window until the company decided to use a lower grade standard glass package. The frame and features on the 400 are impressive and with an upgraded glass package to a laminated glass, the 400 is a decent option for a hurricane window that won't break the bank.

-- Suggested Price: $600 to $700 Installed --

Expensive: PGT WinGuard Window

The PGT WinGuard aluminum window is the company's main hurricane window line because it has all of the code requirements to get the hurricane label. The WinGuard comes as either an aluminum or vinyl frame and in a number of different styles - single or double hung, horizontal slider, casement or fixed frame. Many contractors and installers consider this window to be both a well made and good looking option.

-- Suggested Price: $750 to $850 Installed --

Very Expensive: Loewen StormForce Window

The Loewen StormForce wood clad window (aluminum cladding on the exterior) is a stunning window that could actually break the bank. The company has included some great structural upgrades like laminated glass, great design and craftsmanship, as well as impact strength glazing that make this window a very strong window that can hold up to impact and wind. The interior wood is about as nice a window as you could hope for. The cost of this impact option is probably out of most consumer's price range.

-- Suggested Price: $1400 to $1500 Installed --

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