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Are impact windows burglar proof

Hurricane impact windows are known for being sturdy and able to withstand high winds and impact from flying debris. In addition, impact windows offer several other advantages you may find useful as a homeowner. One such advantage is burglary resistance.

In the general sense, impact-resistant windows are not a 100% deterrent to crime. However, they are far harder to break and can make gaining entry to your home far more difficult for burglars. The reason for this is due to the unique design impact windows use.

Impact windows are multi-layered meaning that even when the outside glass is damaged, the window may crack but it does not shatter. This makes breaking into a home through an impact window far more time-consuming and far more difficult. Burglary as a crime relies on not drawing attention to oneself and completing the act as quickly as possible. The time (and noise) breaking through an impact window causes makes your home an unattractive target for a break in.

Hurricane impact windows are made to resist breaking no matter if the source is a piece of wood blown by a storm or a burglar trying to break it with a hammer. While not indestructible, the heavy glass and layered design help withstand breaking. Impact windows keep your home safe from outside elements such as extreme weather, noise, and even crime. If safety is a concern impact windows can certainly help you increase your home’s security.

Impact-resistant glass is often advertised as security glass. Many home and business owners install it on their windows hoping to prevent burglars from smashing the glass and entering their property. But is it really burglar proof or is it just a half measure? Here’s a short answer:

Impact windows are NOT burglar proof. But it takes more effort and noise to break impact-resistant glass than regular glass. In order to smash an impact window to enter your home, the burglar will have to use more force and hit the glass for longer, which increases their risk of being heard.

Why does impact resistant glass remain in place?

Mainly because it’s treated with a layer of PVB (polyvinyl butral) or EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate) which prevents it from shattering into many small pieces.

This layer is often sandwiched between two glass panels. So impact resistant glass usually consists of two glass panels.

In this way it’s very similar to a standard windshield. Instead of having dangerous shards of glass flying all around the place, the window will crack in a spider-web pattern.

Of course, repeated hits will eventually loosen the shards, but it would require more time and effort.

How to make a regular window impact-resistant?

A regular glass panel will shatter in the conventional way because there’s no adhesive holding the shards in place.

But you can use a layer of security window film to get a similar or even better impact-resistance, depending on the film you install.

The film is usually a layer of tough plastic with a strong self-adhesive backside. The backside is attached to the glass so that it covers the entire glass panel.

The adhesive will keep the glass shards in place and some more expensive security films can even contain smaller bullets from breaking through, when combined with a thick glass panel.

Check out my full security window film guide where I share the best DIY installation process and film recommendations.

What type of a window frame is required?

Impact-resistant glass can be placed in any standard window frame; aluminum, steel, vinyl or wood.

If you want the strongest quality, the best option are aluminum and steel frames. But they’re also the most expensive options.

Wooden frames provide good insulation and often look very nice, but they need to be regularly painted and the maintenance costs can be high in the long run.

Vinyl is a solid option and it’s the most cost-effective one, requiring very little maintenance.

Protection against storms and hurricanes

If you live in a windy area that’s susceptible to hurricanes, investing in impact windows can be really worth it.

Strong winds can throw objects on the window, and in case of regular glass the shards can potentially injure people who are nearby when it happens.

Water could also more easily break into your home if you have only regular glass in place. Both of these risks are reduced by using impact-resistant glass or security window film.

But there’s also a huge structural advantage. Because impact windows can prevent sudden and extreme air pressure changes during these dangerous scenarios.

It’s the sudden increase in air pressure entering the house that can blow off a roof or cause a total collapse of the walls.

By increasing the impact resistance of your windows you can better protect yourself against the elements as well as burglars.

Hurricane Resistant vs Impact Resistant Window

While standard impact windows can provide some protection against hurricanes and storms, they’re not as strong as the actual hurricane resistant windows.

The difference can be found in multiple areas: the thickness of the glass, stronger frame and glazing.

The strongest windows usually contain a very strong glazing of PVB combined with a layer of PET (polyethylene terephthalate).

The best windows contain two layers of PVB-treated glass with a PET film in-between. They usually cost between $40 and $60 per square foot of glass area (frame included).

Which option should you go for?

Hurricane-resistant windows are quite expensive, and not really necessary unless you live in an area that has a high risk of severe storms.

For keeping burglars at bay, standard PVB or EVA glazing sandwiched between two glass panels is a good alternative.

So are security window films , which you can easily install by yourself on any glass surface.

Also keep in mind that this isn’t the only way to secure your windows against burglars.

There are many other security devices and tricks available suchh as steel grills, window locks and barricades, security cameras and many others.

Check out my window security guide to learn more about these options.

Chief editor of Security Latest with 5 years of real security work experience. I’m also a family man with wife and two sons. When I’m not turning homes into fortresses, the Baron family is usually on the Nintendo or on California’s best hiking trails.

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Are impact windows burglar proofIt should come as no surprise that impact resistant windows are designed to protect your home from the elements, but they can also help protect you from burglary as well. One of the most common methods of home entry for burglars is through broken windows. Burglars typically break the glass in a window or door, allowing them to unlock the unit and enter your home. This method is easy and quick, allowing them to get into your home in seconds before anyone else can notice. But installing impact windows in your home greatly deters their ability to do this. Let’s look at a few important ways impact windows stop them:

They’re Made to Withstand Impact

Impact-resistant windows are designed to withstand impact from debris at high speed. While someone attempting a break-in may be able to shatter traditional glass with a blunt object, like a flashlight, or even just their fist, this is not possible with impact windows. If this type of window can withstand hurricane-force winds, it can certainly hold up to a person with a baseball bat.

How strong are our impact windows? You be the judge!

They Splinter, Not Shatter

Impact-resistant windows are designed much like the windshield of your car. Layers of glass are separated by a plastic interlayer that holds the panels of glass together after impact. Rather than shattering like a traditional pane of glass, impact resistant windows will splinter, but not break through. What this means for your safety is that a person can not smash it and either reach or step in. An impact window does not provide an opening at all.

They’re More Time Consuming to Break

While impact windows are not necessarily impossible to break, they require much more time and noise to do so. Breaking through them usually proves to be significantly more work and effort than most criminals are willing to endure. Burglars generally rely on speed and stealth to lessen their chances of being caught, but with impact resistant windows, their ability to quickly and quietly enter your home is diminished. If someone should attempt to break in, they will quickly abandon their effort and move on.

Your home and family’s safety is on the line all year round, not just during hurricane season. Whether defending against Mother Nature or uninvited guests, impact resistant windows and doors can stand up to it all. Now is the time to get a free consultation and chose the best type of hurricane protection for you, not when a major storm is approaching. For more information on your options, download our free eBook “The 12 Things you Need to Know about Impact Windows.”

Are impact windows burglar proof

You chose to live in the Pensacola area for its undeniable beauty. However, we do have crime in our fair city, as well as being most likely to experience the next major hurricane. But fear not! Impact-resistant windows keep out burglars and damage from violent storms. Invest in peace of mind with installation of these windows to protect you, your family and your home.

Impact-resistant Windows Help Keep Out Burglars and Hurricanes

Do you feel safe and secure at home? Because the chance always exists that someone might try to break into your home, some folks want additional opportunities to protect their family and their property.

One way to add extra security to your home: Impact-resistant windows. Besides protecting you from frequent visits by Hurricane force winds, they fight crime. Impact-resistant windows keep out burglars when you’re away. Additionally, they offer a myriad of other benefits from energy savings to blocking 99 percent of damaging UV rays.

Burglars know windows represent the weakest point of entry to any home. They want to spend as little time as possible breaking into your home — typically under a minute.

Many smash a first-floor window and enter your home while you do errands or have left for work. Within eight to 12 minutes on average, burglars will ransack your master bedroom for jewelry, collectibles, safes and cash. If they have time, they scan your home office, living room, and dining room to snatch other valuables left out in plain sight.

Thwarting Criminal Intentions

Impact-resistant windows keep out burglars because they simply refuse to break. If they can withstand six-foot-long 2×4s launched from a cannon at speeds of 34 mph, they can certainly resist anything a burglar throws at them.

In fact, in one recorded demonstration two men who look like Hercules break seven bats trying to enter an impact-resistant window. They strike it with a crowbar, whip it with a chain and pound it 31 times with an eight-pound sledgehammer to no avail. The impact-resistant window emerges victorious from the seven-minute onslaught.

These strong windows turned away real-life burglars at a Port St. Lucie Mobil Gas Station last year. Surveillance footage shows the two masked men swinging hammers at the glass, ramming their bodies into it and even kicking it. They managed to damage the glass but failed to break it and ended up walking away defeated.

Lee’s Glass Can Make Breaking into Your Home Harder by Installing Impact-resistant Windows!

Avoid the devastating feeling that results from a home burglary. Impact-resistant windows keep out burglars, making them a key part to your security system. Lee’s Glass & Window Works has helped its Gulf Coast neighbors since 1974 with smart window solutions. Call us today for any of your window or glass shower door needs!

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