Make Your Home’s Windows Hurricane Ready

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Before hurricane season, don’t put off essential preparations like residential glass repair for your home’s windows.

Living in Houston means facing hurricane season head-on. Don’t leave your home’s biggest weak spot – your windows – unprotected. Flying debris and high winds can turn windows into shattered glass and water damage. It’s more than just a mess; broken windows put your family and belongings at risk.

Whether you want to upgrade your existing windows to impact-resistant glass or have damaged windows that need residential glass repair or replacement, Buffalo Glass has a solution. We’ve been Houston’s trusted residential glass experts since 1956. Contact us today for a free quote.

Assess Your Existing Windows

The first step is figuring out what you’re working with. Here’s what to look for:

  • Window Type: Do you have old single-pane windows or newer double-pane ones? Maybe you’ve already invested in impact-resistant windows. Knowing the type helps determine how much protection you currently have.
  • Window Condition: Are there cracks in the glass? Do the seals around the edges look worn? Is the frame loose? Even small weaknesses can make your windows more likely to shatter under the pressure of a hurricane.
  • Age: Windows, like most things, can get weaker over time. If yours are more than 15 to 20 years old, they’re likely more vulnerable to intense weather.

Considering Impact-Resistant Windows

Impact-resistant windows are the best bet to keep your home safe during a hurricane. They’re built with special laminated glass and sturdy frames designed to withstand hurricane-force winds and flying debris.

Impact-resistant windows dramatically reduce the risk of dangerous broken glass during a storm. This protects your family and your home’s interior. Laminated glass is made with two or more layers of glass bonded together with a tough plastic inner layer. This creates a strong barrier that can flex without breaking, even under heavy impact.

While they cost more upfront, these types of windows are an investment. Not only do you get protection, but they may lower your insurance premiums and potentially increase your home’s value. They also can significantly help improve your home’s energy efficiency and offer noise reduction – bonus benefits you’ll enjoy year-round!

Affordable and Effective Window Protection Options

Not ready for a full window upgrade? Here are alternatives that offer great protection:

  • Hurricane Shutters: These come in several styles (roll-down, accordion, Bahama) and create a strong barrier over your windows. They can be temporary or permanent fixtures.
  • Plywood Boarding: This classic DIY option is both budget-friendly and effective. The key is to measure, cut, and install the plywood correctly to make sure it stays in place during a storm.
  • Hurricane Film: This clear film is applied to your window’s interior. It won’t prevent the glass from breaking, but it can help hold shattered pieces together, reducing the mess and risk of injury.

Working with a Professional Glass Company

When it comes to residential glass repairs or replacements for your windows, working with a professional glass company makes a huge difference. Experienced glass specialists can not only recommend the best solutions for your home, but can make sure they’re installed right. Even the strongest impact-resistant windows won’t work if they’re not installed correctly. 

Glass companies can also help you upgrade your windows to boost energy efficiency and enhance your home’s appearance, even when hurricanes aren’t in the forecast. Plus, reputable glass companies should offer warranties on their products and workmanship. 

Experienced Houston Residential Glass Repair for Windows

Protect your home and family with expert glass service and window upgrades from Buffalo Glass. Count on us for fast, experienced residential glass repair and upgrades for your windows. Get a free glass estimate today!