Types of Windows

So, you’ve decided to install Hurricane impact resistant windows! Excellent. Now, you’re wondering what option of glass is the right choice for your property, and we’re here to help. Below you’ll find the different impact-resistant glass options STS is proud to offer, along with information about each option to help you decide which is right for you. 

South Florida homeowners can choose aluminium or vinyl windows to comply with the Miami Dade HVHZ NOA standard for impact windows and doors, each material has its plusses and minuses. Aluminium windows are more prone to dents, corrosion, and fading but are generally stronger overall.

Vinyl windows require less maintenance than aluminium windows. Vinyl never requires repainting; aluminium can be repainted or re-coated. Vinyl windows excel when it comes to insulation and improving energy efficiency because the vinyl material minimizes heat transfer. Aluminium windows tend to conduct heat and, therefore, are less energy efficient. While there are impact-resistant vinyl windows available, these typically cost 20 to 30 per cent more than impact-resistant aluminium windows.

Single Hung Windows

Single Hung and Double Hung windows, often referred to as sash windows are the most common window type used in the market today and standard choice for modern home construction. The significant difference between a Single Hung window and Double Hung window is the sash design (a movable panel that forms a frame to hold panes of glass). A Single Hung window has a movable lower sash and a fixed upper sash, while Double Hung window has two movable sashes; the upper sash slides down.

With Single Hung windows, the bottom sash easily moves up and down to allow the desired airflow within the home. Single Hung windows are an excellent choice for rooms facing walkways, patios, or porches because they open and close without protruding. Single Hung windows are the most common type of window in Florida due to impact window requirements.

Single Hung windows work in every home; they have that classic traditional look.

Main Features

  • The top sash is fixed
  • Bottom sash moves up and down (non-protruding)
  • Removable half screen
  • Choice of equal sash configuration or bottom sash smaller (oriel style)
  • Colonial grids available per request

Double Hung Windows

Double Hung and Single Hung windows are the most common window types used in the market today. The significant difference between a Single Hung window and Double Hung window is the sash design (a movable panel that forms a frame to hold panes of glass). A Single Hung window has a movable lower sash and a fixed upper sash, while Double Hung window has two movable sashes; the upper sash slides down.

The main reason people choose to install Double Hung windows is for better ventilation.
Both sashes open halfway, allowing for air to flow naturally through both openings.
Double-hung windows are easy to clean inside and outside without the need ever to have access from the exterior.

Main Features

  • Both the top and bottom sash are operable
  • Tilt-in for easy cleaning
  • Removable full screen or half screen available per request
  • Can be equal sash configuration or the bottom sash is smaller (oriel style)
  • Colonial grids available

Horizontal Rollers

A Horizontal Roller is one of the most versatile hurricane impact windows available. It has tracks built into the top and bottom of the frame, allowing the window to be open and close horizontally. Horizontal Rollers also offer 2- and 3- lite configurations where one or two panels may open. The Horizontal Roller impact window allows for better egress requirements, unobstructed vertical views, greater airflow, and less moving mechanical parts. Horizontal rollers are durable, easy to maintain, and simple to clean.

Horizontal Roller Features

  • Two vertical sashes that open from left to right or right to left
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable half screen
  • Colonial grid available per request

 

Horizontal Roller 3 Section Features

  • Three vertical sashes, each end slides open towards the centre
  • The unit can have up to 6 different configurations
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable screens
  • Colonial grids available per request

 

 

Casement Windows

Casement Casement windows most commonly pivot from side hinges, allowing the hurricane window to be constructed of solid glass, offering a less obstructed view overall. Home and business owners often use Casement, Fixed, and Awning windows in conjunction with each other for matching sightlines, which result in amazing views. Installing Impact Casement windows provide the maximum amount of light and egress. When closed and locked, casement windows can make an effective seal improving energy efficiency. Casements should not open out into traffic lanes.

Casement Window features & variations

  • Single, double, or triple sash available
  • Operable or fixed casements available
  • Provides maximum amount of light
  • Egress or washable hinge available
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable full screens
  • Colonial grids available per request

Awning

Awning windows are ideal for climates with substantial amounts of rain, thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened. Great for storage areas, garages basements and hallways.


Awning windows have hinges on the top, and they open outward from the bottom. Opening in this manner allows the hurricane window to be constructed of solid glass and offers a less obstructed opening and view. Installing Impact Awnings windows also provide the maximum amount of light and egress. When closed and locked, awnings can make an effective seal to improve energy performance. Awnings just like casements should not open out into traffic lanes or high traffic streets.

Awning Windows Features:

  • Hinged on top and opens outward from the bottom
  • Multi-point locking system for added strength and security
  • Removable screen
  • Colonial grids available per request

 

High-end Impact Windows and Doors

STS High-end impact windows and doors are essential to securing your home from all types of severe weather. Whether it is rain, wind, hail, sleet, or snow, installing high end impact windows and doors will provide you and your home security and protection from mother nature’s wrath. In addition, high-end impact windows and doors can help save you and your family on ever-escalating heating and energy costs without having to sacrifice style for substance. If you live in an area prone to powerful storms, high end impact windows and doors from STS are both functional and affordable and available in a variety of styles to best suit the look and style of your home. High end impact windows and doors are an essential component for any homeowner looking to maximize the curb appeal of your home while at the same time securing it from whatever weather may be headed your way.

 

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Types of Windows

So, you’ve decided to install Hurricane impact resistant windows! Excellent. Now, you’re wondering what option of glass is the right choice for your property, and we’re here to help. Below you’ll find the different impact-resistant glass options STS is proud to offer, along with information about each option to help you decide which is right for you. 

South Florida homeowners can choose aluminium or vinyl windows to comply with the Miami Dade HVHZ NOA standard for impact windows and doors, each material has its plusses and minuses. Aluminium windows are more prone to dents, corrosion, and fading but are generally stronger overall.

Vinyl windows require less maintenance than aluminium windows. Vinyl never requires repainting; aluminium can be repainted or re-coated. Vinyl windows excel when it comes to insulation and improving energy efficiency because the vinyl material minimizes heat transfer. Aluminium windows tend to conduct heat and, therefore, are less energy efficient. While there are impact-resistant vinyl windows available, these typically cost 20 to 30 per cent more than impact-resistant aluminium windows.

Single Hung Windows

Single Hung and Double Hung windows, often referred to as sash windows are the most common window type used in the market today and standard choice for modern home construction. The significant difference between a Single Hung window and Double Hung window is the sash design (a movable panel that forms a frame to hold panes of glass). A Single Hung window has a movable lower sash and a fixed upper sash, while Double Hung window has two movable sashes; the upper sash slides down.

With Single Hung windows, the bottom sash easily moves up and down to allow the desired airflow within the home. Single Hung windows are an excellent choice for rooms facing walkways, patios, or porches because they open and close without protruding. Single Hung windows are the most common type of window in Florida due to impact window requirements.

Single Hung windows work in every home; they have that classic traditional look.

Main Features

  • The top sash is fixed
  • Bottom sash moves up and down (non-protruding)
  • Removable half screen
  • Choice of equal sash configuration or bottom sash smaller (oriel style)
  • Colonial grids available per request

Double Hung Windows

Double Hung and Single Hung windows are the most common window types used in the market today. The significant difference between a Single Hung window and Double Hung window is the sash design (a movable panel that forms a frame to hold panes of glass). A Single Hung window has a movable lower sash and a fixed upper sash, while Double Hung window has two movable sashes; the upper sash slides down.

The main reason people choose to install Double Hung windows is for better ventilation.
Both sashes open halfway, allowing for air to flow naturally through both openings.
Double-hung windows are easy to clean inside and outside without the need ever to have access from the exterior.

Main Features

  • Both the top and bottom sash are operable
  • Tilt-in for easy cleaning
  • Removable full screen or half screen available per request
  • Can be equal sash configuration or the bottom sash is smaller (oriel style)
  • Colonial grids available

Horizontal Rollers

A Horizontal Roller is one of the most versatile hurricane impact windows available. It has tracks built into the top and bottom of the frame, allowing the window to be open and close horizontally. Horizontal Rollers also offer 2- and 3- lite configurations where one or two panels may open. The Horizontal Roller impact window allows for better egress requirements, unobstructed vertical views, greater airflow, and less moving mechanical parts. Horizontal rollers are durable, easy to maintain, and simple to clean.

Horizontal Roller Features

  • Two vertical sashes that open from left to right or right to left
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable half screen
  • Colonial grid available per request

 

Horizontal Roller 3 Section Features

  • Three vertical sashes, each end slides open towards the centre
  • The unit can have up to 6 different configurations
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable screens
  • Colonial grids available per request

 

 

Casement Windows

Casement Casement windows most commonly pivot from side hinges, allowing the hurricane window to be constructed of solid glass, offering a less obstructed view overall. Home and business owners often use Casement, Fixed, and Awning windows in conjunction with each other for matching sightlines, which result in amazing views. Installing Impact Casement windows provide the maximum amount of light and egress. When closed and locked, casement windows can make an effective seal improving energy efficiency. Casements should not open out into traffic lanes.

Casement Window features & variations

  • Single, double, or triple sash available
  • Operable or fixed casements available
  • Provides maximum amount of light
  • Egress or washable hinge available
  • Extremely easy to operate
  • Removable full screens
  • Colonial grids available per request

Awning

Awning windows are ideal for climates with substantial amounts of rain, thanks to the way the window creates a water-resistant awning when opened. Great for storage areas, garages basements and hallways.


Awning windows have hinges on the top, and they open outward from the bottom. Opening in this manner allows the hurricane window to be constructed of solid glass and offers a less obstructed opening and view. Installing Impact Awnings windows also provide the maximum amount of light and egress. When closed and locked, awnings can make an effective seal to improve energy performance. Awnings just like casements should not open out into traffic lanes or high traffic streets.

Awning Windows Features:

  • Hinged on top and opens outward from the bottom
  • Multi-point locking system for added strength and security
  • Removable screen
  • Colonial grids available per request

 

High-end Impact Windows and Doors

STS High-end impact windows and doors are essential to securing your home from all types of severe weather. Whether it is rain, wind, hail, sleet, or snow, installing high end impact windows and doors will provide you and your home security and protection from mother nature’s wrath. In addition, high-end impact windows and doors can help save you and your family on ever-escalating heating and energy costs without having to sacrifice style for substance. If you live in an area prone to powerful storms, high end impact windows and doors from STS are both functional and affordable and available in a variety of styles to best suit the look and style of your home. High end impact windows and doors are an essential component for any homeowner looking to maximize the curb appeal of your home while at the same time securing it from whatever weather may be headed your way.

 

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