Impact-resistant windows are windows that are made using a specific kind of glass. This is glass with a strong layer of polymer between two panes of glass that helps to reinforce the glass. Not only does this help to prevent the glass from breaking in the first place, but if it does get broken, it will be held together instead of shattering everywhere. The glass is also surrounded by a frame with heavy-duty construction to further protect the window from damage. This article will go over some different ways impact-resistant windows can be beneficial, so you can better determine if you should have them installed.
Protection from projectiles
If your window ends up being shattered by a projectile, then not only will you end up with a broken window and shattered glass everywhere, but other things in your home can be damaged. Or, even worse, someone could end up being hurt by glass and even by the projectile. Some examples of things that may end up coming through the windows can include branches, tile, lumber, or even rocks or bricks. In some cases, nature may send some of these things hurling through your window. In other cases, it could be a vandal who throws them through the window. An impact-resistant window can offer protection from these types of things, no matter what has caused them to hit the window.
Protection from burglars
Sometimes, a burglar will attempt to gain entrance into your home by way of the window. If your window is locked with a secure lock they can't get through, then they may decide to just break the glass and come inside. If you have regular glass windows, then the burglar can easily break one to get inside. However, if you have impact-resistant windows, then it can be so difficult for a burglar to break one that they will likely give up. Even if they do manage to break the glass, the fact it won't shatter will present them with another issue that can result in them giving up.
Reduction of noises
If you live in a busy neighborhood, or by a major highway, an airport, or train tracks, then the noise may be something you've learned to live with However, that doesn't mean you may not wish there was a way for you to quiet down the sounds coming into your home. Something else that's great to know about impact-resistant windows is they can also help you to quiet your house down by cutting out on a lot of the noises that would otherwise come through the windows.