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Storms windows/Sliding doors

MajorTom47 | Posted in Energy Efficiency and Durability on


i live in Fort Lauderdale Florida and i would like some advice on getting Storm windows/Doors for my home. I would like to know what are the most durable and most cost effective brands for windows and sliding doors for a warm area like Fort Lauderdale.

Thank you

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  1. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #1

    Major Tom,
    The first question is, "What problem are you trying to address?"

    If you want hurricane shutters, then you'll be looking for steel shutters that roll up into units that mount about each window.

    If you are looking for reducing the solar-heat gain coefficient (SHGC) of your existing windows, you might consider installing a solar control film on your windows.

    Conventional storm windows (a second layer of glass installed over existing single-glazed windows) aren't usually used in hot climates, but you can install them if you want. First, though, tell us what your problem is.

  2. Expert Member
    Dana Dorsett | | #2

    What are the condition(s) & type(s) of your pre-existing windows?

  3. MajorTom47 | | #3

    martin: I am trying to address hurricane winds. I was told my co-worker to get storm impact windows, that it is cheaper than storm shutters.

  4. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #4

    Major Tom,
    Is this for a new home that you plan to build? Or are you interested in replacing your existing windows with new replacement windows?

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