Hurricane windows are the best option for protecting homes from high winds and flying debris caused by tropical storms and hurricanes. 

The most typical hurricane-resistant window design consists of two panes of glass joined by a plastic membrane. This is similar to the laminated safety glass found on car windshields.

XT-E Glass

The laminated pane of glass in a hurricane proof window is reinforced with a polymer layer between two pieces of glass, preventing the windows from breaking into large shards that could potentially harm those inside the home. This strong material is the same used in vehicle windshields and can absorb the force without shattering.

The laminated glass used in impact windows can also be infused with Low-E. This solar control coating reduces air conditioning costs by minimizing the heat through the window. This is an excellent option for homeowners looking to improve their home’s energy efficiency ratings and decrease their utility bills.

Laminated Pane of Glass

Hurricane-proof windows and doors are designed to withstand the massive force caused by the wind and debris propelling from your home during a severe storm. This defensive glazing is comprised of heavy-duty frames and laminated glass. It can withstand up to 170 mph of pressure from winds and projectiles.

Laminated or safety glass is constructed from two panes of annealed or heat-strengthened glass bonded with an interlayer of clear polyvinyl butyral (PVB). PVB is the same type of film used in car windshields. It keeps the glass from shattering into sharp shards during a storm and is safer for your family than regular windows that are likely to break into dangerous pieces.

This insulated glass also cuts the rate at which outside noise enters your home and reduces UV ray penetration. It is more challenging to break, making it a deterrent for would-be burglars. It also helps to lower the pace at which heat and cooling bills are paid by maintaining the interior of your home at a constant temperature.


Polycarbonate is a tough plastic used to make compact disks, safety helmets, and bulletproof windows. It’s also used in security doors and enclosures at banks, specialty retailers, and government buildings because it can withstand projectile impact. This material can bend and resist splintering, making it safer than glass in these applications.

It’s also much stronger and nearly unbreakable than glass, so it can protect those inside from criminals who might try to break in. It’s also transparent and can be ordered in various tints to reduce sun rays that can cause damage or fade to interior furnishings.

Polycarbonate is much lighter than acrylic, making it easier to install and transport. It’s easy to cut with standard tools and can be shaped or bent at room temperature following manufacturer instructions. It’s also hygroscopic, so any trapped moisture must be removed before forming to avoid warping or cracking.

Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Frames

PVC frames are ubiquitous in homes because they’re inexpensive, durable, and energy efficient. They’re also highly resistant to weather elements and can withstand heavy winds and debris. They’re also easy to maintain and protect against burglars or intruders.

They offer a modern look that complements many architectural styles and blend nicely with your home’s decor. They can also be painted in various colors to fit your style.

Unlike aluminum frames, they are less likely to conduct heat between the glass and frame and can withstand the impact of objects without bending or cracking. Additionally, they are more resistant to water damage and corrosion. They are also resistant to mold and mildew and very insulating. These are great for homeowners who live in areas prone to storms and hurricanes, as they’ll help to protect their homes from damaging wind and flying debris. Additionally, they can be recycled on a large scale and are very environmentally friendly.