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By Kristen in Cranston, RI on 5/9/2006


We are building in a 120 mph wind zone, 1/2 mile from ocean.  I am concerned about the cost of impact glass windows busting my budget.  I have been told that impact glass windows can cost 2-3 times the cost of same window w/o impact glass.  We are working w/ an architect who is sensitive to our budget and is only going to use standard size windows.  He has suggested that, although typically more expensive,  Marvin's  hurricane windows are a good choice.  Any suggestions on how I might shop around for the best price for Marvin windows? 
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By Randy in PB, FL on 6/12/2006


Kristen:

 

I too am considering impact resistant windows and doors. I'm in Florida as Hurricane Alberto is roaring up the west coast. Yes...I've heard the same spiel about cost (i.e., 2-3 times). rightfully so the cost of research, development, testing, marketing, etc. get passed on to the consumer (just like the latest and greatest thingamajig).

Here's what I can offer: check the following (they too have impact resistant windows and doors): pgtindustries.com and lawson-industries.com

You can also do a search on the Miami-Dade approved products list here: miamidade.gov/buildingcode

Please let me know what you find out.

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By Pete in Boulder, CO on 7/11/2006


Maybe too late for your design, but how about a design that incorporates exterior shutters? This would be a cheaper solution than hurricane windows. Of course, you have to close them for them to work. Weather prediction is a lot better than it used to be.
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