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Raleigh Windows: Article About Protecting Windows From Damage

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Buying new windows for a home can be a great way to improve its look and increase its value. However, it is critical that they are protected from the elements. During a storm, a piece of debris could be swept off of the ground and make direct contact with the window's glass. This could result in damage that will need to be repaired quickly.

The good news is that homeowners have many options when it comes to protecting their windows from such damage. One option may be to have storm shutters installed on all exterior windows. If permanent shutters aren't necessarily the best option, it may be possible to add mesh screens that provide protection against moderate wind, rain and sun exposure. Those who are interested in covering their windows may wish to talk to a Raleigh windows professional who can inspect a home and give recommendations that would best suit the particular homeowner's needs.

In some cases, it may be possible to buy windows that are impact resistant. While they may be more expensive to purchase and install, they do not require any extra equipment to keep them safe against the elements.

A windows installer from Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh NC would be happy to answer any question you have about siding or gutters.

For some, knowing that they don't have to maintain shutters or put up plywood every time a storm approaches can provide a sense of security and safety.

Whether a window cover is designed to be used on a permanent basis or as a temporary protection measure, they should only be installed by a professional. Professionals know which materials can and should be used on a given set of windows and can install them properly the first time. If covers or screens are not properly installed, they may not work when the homeowner needs them to.

Before buying impact resistant windows or permanent shutters, make sure that they can handle the elements that they will be exposed to. There should be a wind load rating on any window that an individual purchases, and the chosen load rating should be equal to or higher than the highest gusts of wind expected. It is also a good idea to look at impact ratings to ensure that objects will not damage a window after hitting it.

There is a lot that goes into choosing a window. One factor that should be considered is how well it holds up in extreme weather. While some windows are designed to handle high winds and debris, it is important to know how each one is rated and buy adequate covering if necessary.

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