With new construction down and the hurricane season under way, window manufacturers seek to fuel the market with replacement and impact-resistant windows that also help save energy. Replacement models install into existing openings and leave window trim and framework in tact, while impact-resistant windows feature design pressure ratings, which show the amount of cyclic wind pressures they can resist.
The Premium Wood double-hung replacement windows by Jeld-Wen use AuraLast wood, which has a 20-year warranty against decay and termite infestation. These windows also come standard with low-E glass for energy improvement above single-pane wood windows, the maker says. 800.535.3936. www.jeld-wen.com.
Bristol's Swing N' Slide replacement windows from Winchester have many options: single to triple pane, low-E reflective coatings, wood to vinyl construction, and casement or bay window style. The windows swing in for cleaning, and the glass has a 50-year warranty and a three-year breakage clause. The windows come with an energy-savings pledge and a home security guarantee, the maker says. 800.689.5432. www.winchesterwindows.net.
United Window & Door's Eclipse vinyl replacement windows feature insulated glass and warm edge spacers that reduce condensation by preventing moisture from travelling into sealed window cavities while also blocking heat flow, the maker says. The windows are 3 feet by 5 feet, and the frames and sashes are filled with polystyrene foam to conserve energy. They are Energy Star rated. 800.848.4550. www.unitedwindowmfg.com.
Atrium's SafeHarbor vinyl impact windows come in single- and double-hung models and casement and horizontal sliding windows. They feature 7/8-inch insulated glass panels with warm edge spacers to increase energy efficiency, laminated glass, bottom rails reinforced with aluminum, and design pressure ratings of up to 55 pounds per square foot. 800.935.2000. www.atrium.com.
Visions 3000 single-hung vinyl window units from Visions Windows & Doors have design pressure ratings of 50 pounds per square foot. They can measure up to 3-feet wide. The windows have sashes that glide within 3-1/4-inch jambs. 800.584.7680. www.visionswindows.com.
StormBlocker acrylic block windows by Hy-Lite come in six sizes and four block types. They feature reinforced cores and aluminum frames, and meet Miami-Dade County testing requirements, which are among the strictest of hurricane-rating codes for building materials. The 50-inch by 90-inch size has a design pressure rating of 90 pounds per square foot. 800.423.3032. www.hy-lite.com.
With an interwoven design, screens by Armor Screen come with Miami-Dade certified hurricane protection. The removable barriers secure with stainless-steel anchors to protect windows, sliding glass doors, and other areas. They have design pressure ratings of 195 pounds per square foot and can be arranged for easy emergency exits, the maker says. The screens have an earth-anchor, which fastens them to the ground. 877.237.2337. www.armorscreen.com.