Protecting Your Business Assets With Commercial Impact Windows

By Published On: February 20, 2024Categories: Impact Windows
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Florida is known for its beautiful beaches and Disney World, but maybe just as infamous for its hurricanes as well. Mother Nature is a force that can’t be reckoned with, but there are ways that South Florida business owners can prepare to protect themselves and their businesses. One of the most innovative ways that technology is helping accomplish that is through commercial impact windows. These aren’t your ordinary windows, they are crafted with the most durable materials to prevent shattering from debris caused by harsh winds.

Commercial impact windows are built to be stronger than ordinary windows and provide additional benefits such as protection against burglary. A window that is more difficult to break means a business that is less likely to be broken into. South Florida business owners can have additional peace of mind knowing that their merchandise is just as protected from harm as the rest of the property.

Read on to learn more about how commercial impact windows from STS Impact Windows & Doors can help prevent break-ins.


How Commercial Impact Windows Protect Against Debris & Burglary

High-impact windows are produced to be sturdy enough not to shatter on impact from debris as a result of hurricane winds. Fortunately for home and business owners, that also means these windows offer more protection than most against the attempts of a burglar.

It’s important to know that these windows are not a guarantee against break-ins; STS Impact Windows & Doors can’t promise such a thing. What we can say, however, is that our commercial impact windows are more difficult to break than typical windows, which can help deter crime. The multiple layers of glass mean that there is still further protection even if the outermost layer is damaged.

While no window is completely foolproof against destruction, commercial impact windows will take longer to penetrate due to the hardened glass and protective interlayer. That means a break-in will take longer to complete, which can allow more time for the property owner to take notice and call the authorities. Burglary is often a crime of opportunity, and best done quickly with minimal notice. The longer it takes to break a window, the more likely the intruder is to become discouraged and move on.


Types Of Commercial Impact Windows

If you’re a business owner in South Florida, perhaps you’re intrigued by the dual benefits of impact windows for your property. But what types of windows are the best fit? Let’s explore the options:

Single Hung

Rooms that face walkways, porches, or patios work best with single hung windows: the most common type of window for most properties. These windows in which the bottom sash is easily drawn up or down, depending on how much airflow is desired. These windows open and close without protruding, which makes them inconspicuous to people walking past your property.

Fixed Picture/Architectural Windows

When you have a space to fill that won’t fit standard window types, your best option is a custom-designed window, also called a “fixed picture” or architectural window. These variations can be made into circles, half-circles, or other shapes that suit the architectural needs of your home. Such windows are unable to be opened, nor do they have any visible frames. However, these features allow for unobstructed views and plenty of natural light.​​​​

​​​​​Horizontal Roller

One of the most versatile options on the market, the horizontal roller has tracks built into both the top and bottom of the window frame. That allows the window to be opened and closed – you guessed it – horizontally, whereas others open only vertically. There are up to three configurations in which the panels can be opened, allowing for unobstructed views and increased airflow. These windows are ideal for egress windows and also simple to maintain and clean.


Additional Preventative Measures To Deter Burglars

While commercial impact windows are extremely helpful in deterring break-ins, there are other preventative measures you can take:

Window Locks

All STS impact windows have locks, but it can’t hurt to have additional locks for increased security. However, the type of lock you should use depends on the type of window you have:

  • Pin Locks. Pin locks hold the window panes in place, preventing them from being opened.
  • Keyed Locks. These locks, as implied by their name, can only be opened with a key.

Hinged Wedge And Sash Locks

These windows are designed for single and double-hung windows, preventing them from being fully opened. They won’t open far enough for a person to crawl through to get in.

Floodlights And Motion Lights

Burglars love to work under the cover of darkness. Having flood and motion lights surrounding the property will increase their chances of being caught. Well-lit properties will generally attract fewer burglars than ones that are fully concealed at night.

Security Cameras

Security cameras are great at keeping an eye on your property long after you’ve gone home for the night. Any captured evidence of suspicious activity can later be shown to the authorities, if necessary.

South Florida Commercial Impact Windows Installation Company

Protect your property today with an investment in stronger, more durable windows. In addition to offering protection from hurricanes and storms, commercial impact windows offer peace of mind by making it harder for intruders to break in. Contact STS Impact Windows & Doors today at 561-725-8354 – we would love to partner with you on your next impact window installation.

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