Impact windows and doors are designed to withstand high winds and debris during a hurricane or other severe weather events. However, they also offer other benefits, such as energy efficiency and noise reduction. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, windows are responsible for 8.6% of energy use in buildings, and they influence end uses that make up about 43% of building end use. By improving the performance of windows, U.S. annual energy use could reduce by 1.7%, and CO2 emissions could fall by 1.9% in 2050.
Impact windows and doors can be treated with low-emissivity (Low-E) glass coatings, which minimize the transfer of heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays. By reducing heat gain and loss, this special coating results in reduced energy consumption, lower utility bills, and a more planet-friendly carbon footprint. In addition to energy efficiency, impact windows and doors can also reduce outside noise flooding into your home. If you’re used to street noise interrupting your relaxation and keeping you awake at night, you’ll be stunned at how much quieter your home is.