Hurricane or Cyclone Windows and Doors

Cyclone / hurricane windows or "impact-resistant windows" are specially designed and reinforced windows intended to withstand the impact of high winds, flying debris, and other forces associated with cyclones or severe storms. These windows are a crucial element of building design in regions prone to hurricanes, cyclones and tropical storms. Here are some key features and characteristics of cyclone windows:

Hurricane or Cyclone Windows and Doors

  • Impact-Resistant Glass – ¬†One of the primary features of cyclone windows is the use of impact-resistant glass. This glass is typically made by sandwiching a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) between two layers of glass. If the glass breaks, the interlayer holds the glass fragments together, reducing the risk of debris entering the building.
  • Durability and Strength – cyclone windows are constructed with materials that enhance their overall strength and durability. This includes reinforced frames made of materials like aluminium, steel, or vinyl.
  • Wind Resistance – These windows are designed to resist high wind pressures associated with hurricanes. They undergo testing to ensure they meet specific wind load requirements based on regional building codes and standards.
  • Water Resistance – cyclone-resistant windows are equipped with tight seals and weatherstripping to prevent water infiltration during heavy rains and storms. This helps protect the interior of the building from water damage.
  • Structural Reinforcements – The frames of cyclone windows may be reinforced with additional materials to enhance their structural integrity. Reinforcements can include steel or aluminium components.
  • Code Compliance – Buildings in cyclone-prone regions are subject to strict building codes and regulations. cyclone windows must meet or exceed these codes to ensure the overall structural integrity and safety of the building during severe weather events.
  • Energy Efficiency – Many modern cyclone windows also incorporate features to improve energy efficiency, such as low-emissivity (Low-E) coatings and insulated glass. These features help with insulation and can contribute to energy savings in both heating and cooling.

It’s important for individuals and builders in cyclone-prone areas to choose windows that comply with local building codes and standards. Additionally, professional installation is crucial to ensure that the windows perform as intended during severe weather events.

Cyclone windows are an essential component of resilient building design in regions where cyclones are a recurrent threat. They provide enhanced protection for both people and property, reducing the risk of damage during extreme weather conditions.

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