Hurricane Protection and Preparedness

PGT® WinGuard® impact resistant windows and doors take the stress out of preparing for a big storm, providing peace of mind that your family and home will be protected when extreme weather hits. The strength of hurricane-force winds is no match for our relentlessly tested products. And with millions of WinGuard® hurricane impact products around the world, we’ve had zero reported impact failures.

Geographic Hazards

Divided into five categories based upon sustained wind speeds, the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is used to predict damage to buildings and homes that could occur. WinGuard® impact doors and windows are made to withstand repeated impact and hurricane-force winds.

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Wind Speeds

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Category 1

74-95 mph

hurricane category 2

Category 2

96-110 mph

hurricane category 3

Category 3

111-129 mph

hurricane category 4

Category 4

130-156 mph

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Category 5

157 mph or higher

DID YOU KNOW?

The highest sustained U.S. wind speed ever recorded was 190 mph during Hurricane Allen in 1980.

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Past Hurricanes

Of the hundreds of hurricanes that have made landfall in the United States, Florida has been impacted by more than any other state. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the most expensive hurricanes the U.S. has experienced in recent history include:

Katrina: $161 billion
Harvey: $125 billion
Maria: $90 billion
Sandy: $71 billion
Irma: $50 billion

Some regions continue to face challenges for years and even decades in the aftermath of a hurricane. You can help minimize the damage caused to your home by protecting it with quality impact products like WinGuard® windows and doors.

Miami-Dade Standards

Before they are approved for sale in Florida, all fenestration products must be tested and certified by a third party. In the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, PGT® proudly partnered with Florida building officials to develop the Miami-Dade codes, better known as Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA), which are the most stringent in the country and designed to provide exceptional hurricane protection to communities. PGT® currently holds the most Miami-Dade certifications in the industry.

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Other Weather Threats

We’ve all seen the destruction that hurricanes can cause, but tropical storms can also be extremely dangerous and cause serious property damage. Reaching wind speeds up to 73 mph, tropical storms can bring flash floods, tornadoes, and other safety threats that PGT® impact windows and doors are designed to protect against.

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Does Your Impact Window Pass the Missile Test?

How much can an impact resistant window take? PGT® hurricane windows and doors undergo large missile testing to help ensure your family and home are protected from hurricane-force winds and the damage they cause. Always look for impact resistant products that meet this tough large-missile standard.

Size: 2X4
Weight: 9 pounds
Speed: 50 ft./second

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Are you Miami-Dade Certified?

Requiring a missle test like the one seen in the video above and a cyclical test for pressure, these standards are some the world’s toughest. PGT® holds the most Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA) approvals in the industry.

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Look for the Seal

Ensure that your impact windows and doors meet the Miami-Dade requirements. Always look for the symbol above, and ask to review certifications for product safety. A certified PGT® dealer can help you learn more.

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Impact Windows vs. Shutters vs. Plywood

Many homeowners aren’t sure which impact products they should choose to protect their property from storms and extreme weather — especially in the most hurricane-prone areas in Florida where building-code requirements have strengthened in recent years. See the comparison chart below to find out which is right for your home.

Learn how WinGuard® is different:

Product
Storage
Ease of Use
Effect on Appearance of Home
Security
UV Protection
Noise Reduction
PGT® WinGuard® Impact- Resistant Windows and Doors
No effort required by homeowner.
No storage required.
No negative effect on appearance of home.
24/7 protection from intruders.
24/7 protection from up to 99% of harmful rays.
24/7 reduction of outside noise.
Electric Roll-Down Shutters
Requires homeowner to be present. No labor required to roll down, minimal time. Motors susceptible to operational problems in coastal areas. Manual override needed if power is out.
No storage required.
Shutter housings and tracks detract from appearance of home.
Protects from intruders only when shutters are down.
Only when shutters are down.
Only when shutters are down.
Manual Roll-Down Shutters
Requires homeowner to be present. Minimal labor and lime required to roll down.
No storage required.
Shutter housings and tracks detract from appearance of home.
Protects from intruders only when shutters are down.
Only when shutters are down.
Only when shutters are down.
Accordion Shutters
Requires a moderate amount of labor and time to fold out.
No storage required.
Shutter housings and tracks detract from appearance of home.
Not designed for security.
Only when shutters are folded out.
Only when shutters are folded out.
Panel Shutters
Requires significant labor and time to install and remove. Additional cost for installation and removal if needed.
Storage required.
Panel tracks detract from appearance of home.
Not designed for security.
Only when shutters are installed.
Only when shutters are installed.
Plywood Panels
Requires significant labor and time to install and remove. Additional cost for installation and removal if needed.
Significant storage required.
Anchoring system detracts from appearance of home.
Not designed for security.
Only when installed.
Only when installed.
Fabric Storm Panels
Requires homeowner to be present. Minimal labor and time required to hang up.
Required storage space.
Flat clean look from appearance of home.
Not designed for security.
Only when panels are installed.
No noise reduction.

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