Impact Windows vs Hurricane Shutters: Which to Choose for the Best Hurricane Protection?

There are few forces in nature with the destructive potential as hurricanes and high-intensity tropical storms. And in recent years we have seen more and more of these storms blow through the southern and eastern parts of the United States with devastating results. From flooding to complete home destruction and leveling, the impact of hurricanes is clear and obvious after the storms.  

As a new Hurricane Season approaches, businesses and homeowners can expect severe damage to their offices and homes (especially buildings with older roofs, poor initial construction, or locations that place them directly into flood zones).  Hurricane force winds can flip cars, lift mobile homes, and topple electric poles. So, it takes no great imagination to foresee the damage these storms can cause to glass windows. Normal glass windows are not designed to withstand the pressure of a hurricane.

This is where aluminum storm shutters and impact resistant windows come in to play a protective role in home and building security. Shutters are specifically designed to survive even the worst storms on earth. But when deciding between impact resistant glass windows vs. aluminum storm shutters, there are many factors to take into consideration. How to know which of these two options best fits your needs?  

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Impact glass windows are the primary source for hurricane protection in the United States. This type of glass was originally used in car windshields by the automotive industry during the 20th century. And were originally designed to withstand head-on automobile collisions.  Impact glass windows can handle hurricane winds of up to 200 MPH; something that regular glass windows do not have a hope of withstanding.

Impact glass has the added benefit of pulling double duty as a home defense against property crime. While regular glass windows provide little deterrent to a committed criminal, impact glass windows are not going to allow a  would-be thief or looter easy access to your home, business, or valuables. After a few swings from a crowbar, they will soon move on to easier pickings.


The longtime standard in hurricane protection, storm shutters were originally used in regions with frequent hurricane activity and were installed over normal glass windows. Storm shutters are designed to protect fragile glass underneath. These shutters are comprised and composed of aluminum and steel. But there are some storm shutters available in wood models. This last variation, while obviously the most affordable, offers the least amount of protection during severe storms or hurricanes.

Storm shutters come in a variety of designs and models; from accordion models that roll out to protect your windows, to roll up/roll down shutters. There are also heavy-duty commercial shutters designed for extra security to protect commercial buildings.


When making a decision about whether to install impact resistant windows or storm shutters, the best option is BOTH. When impact windows are protected by aluminum storm shutters, the combination offers the best hurricane protection available. Impact windows are more expensive, yet they do not require storm shutters over them to protect your property. However, storm shutters are a lower cost option that will offer storm protection.

Signature Impact Windows & Doors in Miami offers a full inventory of some of the best impact resistant windows brands available. Our inventory is not only priced to fit your budget, but is aesthetically variant to fit your home decor and architectural design style.  Whether you choose impact-resistant glass windows or storm shutters, your home will be protected during even the harshest storms. Your home is too important not to protect against the elements. Increase your investment, improve energy efficiency and better protect your property with the simple decision to install impact-resistant windows for your home or business before hurricane season is in full swing.


Signature Impact Windows & Doors in Miami provides top quality products and services for premium protection for both homes and businesses. Call us today at 305-912-7493  for a free consultation on your upcoming project. You may also request a quote for impact windows and doors online.


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