Technology saves shutter hassle

If you install impact-resistant windows in your home, you won't have to bother with shutters ever again.Introduced in 1994, the product uses glass technology borrowed from the automotive industry.

Impact-resistant windows consist of a tough plastic or polyvinylbutyral interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of glass, which provides extraordinary strength against hurricane force winds.

The interlayer is engineered to reduce the likelihood of an impact fracture in a high-wind storm. A flying projectile could shatter the outer pane, but the interlayer would keep the window intact.

According to the Miami-Dade County Building Code Compliance Office, impact-resistant windows and frames properly installed do not require shutters. New homes with regular glass are required to have shutters.

600450 Technology saves shutter hassle
Date: 28 March 2005

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