The most common way to achieve impact resistance in windows and doors is to select a product that uses laminated glass. Laminated glass is comprised of two panes of glass bonded together with a strong, clear interlayer. Laminated insulating glass is constructed as two panes of glass bonded together with a strong, clear interlayer, then includes an airspace followed by a third pane of glass for added insulation. The airspace between the 2nd and 3rd piece of glass is filled with air or other gas to reduce heat transfer.
PGT windows and doors that feature impact-resistant laminated glass or laminated insulating glass are designed to withstand repeated impact from a nine-pound 2’ x 4’ beam traveling at 34 miles per hour. Even if the glass is damaged, the interlayer will hold the glass pieces secure in the frame and continue to keep unwanted elements outside.
These glass choices combined with our heavy-duty frames allow PGT’s impact-resistant products to meet or exceed the most stringent code requirements for hurricane-force winds and flying debris. In addition, PGT’s impact-resistant windows and doors exceed the 2010 Florida building code standards for impact-resistant, and many products offer additional testing and certification including those of Miami-Dade and AAMA.
The strength of these tested and proven glass choices provides peace of mind for homeowners living in even the fiercest hurricane-prone regions or those seeking continuous, effortless protection.
Primary Uses: Single family residential, Multi-family residential, Commercial property, Structures in coastal or wind-borne debris regions