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PGT Impact Resistant Windows & Doors

PGT® WinGuard® Impact-Resistant Windows are one of the most sophisticated and trusted windows available. WinGuard windows are perfect for homes and commercial properties in new construction or as part of an improvement project. Let Storm Smart Industries install PGT WinGuard impact resistant windows to add an aesthetically pleasing touch, continuous protection and peace-of-mind.

  • All PGT® products available, both impact resistant and non-impact resistant
  • Impact Windows combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant glass
  • Impact Windows are available in a variety of styles, sizes and tints for all your windows and doors
  • An Impact Window enhances energy efficiency, noise reduction, security and sun protection
  • Impact Windows are easy maintenance, and easy exit in case of emergency

A Complete Product Line

The full line of windows and doors includes single hung windows, horizontal roller windows, casement/projected windows, picture and architectural windows, sliding glass and French doors. Design options include colonial and Brittany styles with optional muntins.

Frames

Choose from vinyl or heavy duty extruded aluminum painted with an electrostatic paint for a low maintenance finish. A minimum frame depth of 2 3/4 inches on windows and 5 1/8 inches on sliding glass doors, with a minimal nominal wall thickness of .062 aids the system in withstanding strong winds. Molded nylon anti-friction sash guides assure a smooth operation.

Glazing

All windows and doors are exterior glazed with silicone for greater strength and seal. Additionally, the windows and sliding glass doors have a structural extruded aluminum glazing bead for stronger resistance to high wind loads. Insulated windows and doors are available in impact and non-impact lines.

Weather-stripping

Fully weather stripped with fin seal polyester pile and/or vinyl bulb prevents water intrusion.

Glass Tints

Many options for tint include gray, green, bronze, obscure (textured glass for enhanced privacy), low-E, and white interlayer (opaque interlay for enhanced privacy).

Performance Testing:

  • Meets or exceeds all AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97 specifications
  • Passes ASTM E987 for deglazing
  • Passes ASTM E547/E331 for water resistance
  • Passes ASTM E283 for air infiltration
  • Operable windows pass AAMA 1302.5 and doors pass AAM 1303.5 for forced entry resistance
  • Meets protocols PA/TAS 201, 202 and 203

Frequently Asked Questions


How often should residential windows be replaced?

Homeowners with windows over 25 years old should consider replacing them, both to gain the best energy efficiencies and to protect the envelope of the house. A home is an ideal candidate for a window replacement if its windows are sealed or painted shut or has drafts that come through the windows.

What causes condensation on windows?

Condensation or sweating is a natural occurrence on all windows and is caused by excess humidity or invisible water vapor present in the air. When this water vapor comes in contact with a surface which is at a cooler temperature, the vapor turns to visible droplets of moisture.

What are impact-resistant windows and doors?

These are windows and doors that combine heavy-duty frames with impact-resistant laminated glass and a special silicone glazing process to keep the glass from breaking away from its frame. Impact-resistant glass is comprised of two panes of glass bonded together with a special interlayer of clear polyvinylbutyral. Although wind-borne debris or an attempted break in may crack the glass on impact, the interlayer keeps the overall window and door intact, preventing destructive winds or intruders from entering your home.

What are egress requirements?

Egress requirements indicate a minimum opening size that certain windows must meet. These requirements tend to vary from region to region, so please contact your local building code official for egress requirements in your area.

What is ENERGY STAR?

ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

Results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2007 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — all while saving $16 billion on their utility bills.

What is an ENERGY STAR qualified window?

ENERGY STAR labeled windows meet a stringent energy efficiency specification set by the Department of Energy and have been tested and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). NFRC is an independent, third-party certification agency that assigns specific energy efficiency measures such as U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient to the complete window system, not simply the glass. ENERGY STAR qualified windows may have two or more panes of glass, warm-edge spacers between the window panes, improved framing materials, and Low-E coating(s) which are microscopically thin coatings that help keep heat inside during the winter and outside during the summer.

What is Low-E?

Low-E stands for low emissivity and is basically a microscopic, metallic coating applied to a surface of glass that reflects and re-radiates heat energy into or out of a home depending on climate conditions. Using Low-E is an excellent way to increase the energy efficiency of a window.

Does argon gas between glass panes really make a difference in energy efficiency?

For air to insulate well, it needs to be as still as possible because moving air carries energy. Argon is heavier than air, so it is less prone to convection or thermal movement. The bottom line is that heavier-than-air gases offer a higher level of insulation. Argon is found naturally in the air you breathe and is completely harmless.

What is Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (or SHGC) refers to a window’s ability to transmit solar radiation. The SHGC ranges from 0-1. A value of 0 indicates that window functions like a wall, essentially preventing any solar energy from entering the building. A value of 1 indicates that the window functions like an opening, allowing all solar energy in. In cold climates, a high SHGC can lower heating costs by using passive solar heating. In warm climates, a low SHGC is desired to keep unwanted heat out and reduce cooling costs. What are R-values and U-values?

The R-value is the resistance a material has to the flow of heat. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance.

The U-value is the amount of heat that is transferred through a material. The lower the U-value, the better the insulating quality.

What is the NFRC?

NFRC stands for the National Fenestration Rating Council. It is a program established by the U.S. Department of Energy to help consumers compare window products and options. Window manufacturers participating in the program are required to label every window to it specific thermal performance level. Customers are then ensured that the products they select meet the requirements for their application. Participation in the NFRC program is voluntary. PGT is a participant in the NFRC program.

PGT Benefits

Long recognized for outstanding service, delivery and quality, when you buy PGT, you’re getting more than a window or door. We’ve been manufacturing windows in Southwest Florida for over 26 years. And our expertise is in the details:

  • Every product we offer is custom-made to order, sized to fit your project perfectly with options that perform for your customers’ needs.
  • Serving as a one stop shop is crucial; we have a complete line of new construction and replacement products available in impact and non-impact
    options with aluminum and vinyl frames. We also serve the commercial market with our Architectural Systems product line.
  • Our stellar 99% on time delivery record means projects stay on schedule!
  • Our innovation is unmatched. With Energy Star compliant configurations and product components such as the best performing warm edge spacer, we’re committed to making a great window with great performance. We’ve offered Laminated Insulating Glass for over 5 years. Heat-reducing glass tints and hi-performance low-E selections reduce energy bills and protect furnishings, draperies and artwork from fading. Your energy bill decreases, which translates to less Carbon Dioxide emissions from the generation of electric power, thus your environmental impact is reduced!
  • WinGuard is the nation’s most popular brand of impact-resistant windows and doors. It didn’t just happen overnight, PGT has the most NOAs than any other manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors. In-fact we have been intimately involved in the testing standards for Miami-Dade County since their inception after Hurricane Andrew devastated Florida in 1992.
  • WinGuard has been used on over 2 million installations! And throughout the storm seasons of 2004-2005, there have been zero reported failures! We have tested our products at much larger sizes than most manufacturers…that means when we sell a window or door, we’re assured that it will perform, no guessing games here. And the same technology that protects you from hurricane debris proves to be a formidable challenge to intruders.

By purchasing locally made products, you encourage a healthy economy in which you live, and a nation in which you trust. We’re proud to be a local Florida Company with a quality American manufactured product.

If you would like to learn more about this or any other hurricane protection product, please allow us to schedule a free consultation at your convenience. Once you talk to the experts, your decision will be easy.