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How to Decide if You Need Hurricane Glass for Your Door and Window Upgrades

You’re ready for new windows and doors, but there’s one decision that’s giving you a headache. You’ve got to decide between hurricane glass and non-hurricane glass. 

Here are a few things to consider:

 Are they opaque or transparent glass?

  • What’s the privacy level with them? This is a big concern for most people.
  • Should you get hurricane glass or regular glass windows?

The basic breakdown of code for Sarasota is: if you have existing storm protection and it’s permitted, you don’t have to upgrade to hurricane glass. You can go with a non-hurricane glass door, but the important thing is it needs to be tempered glass. 

Non-tempered glass can break into big pieces and it can cause serious injuries. Regardless of hurricane or non-hurricane doors, the glass needs to be tempered, by code. That code says you can do hurricane glass, or you can do non-hurricane glass with storm protection. 

There is an exception to that rule. You can do a percentage of the total glass in the home each year with non-hurricane tempered glass without storm protection. 

That is an option for people who are selling their homes and do not want to invest a lot of money into it. If you don’t have hurricane windows in the rest of your home and you don’t plan on replacing them with hurricane glass, you could save a lot of money. 

Which is the best for you? We’re not sure, but we’ll know after a quick chat. 

Get in touch with us.

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