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This Just In, 2019 Hurricane Season Predictions

Mark your calendars: Hurricane season begins June 1 –– and long-range forecasters from AccuWeather have already issued their predictions for this year’s Atlantic season, which includes storms affecting the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico.

Right now, forecasters are calling for a normal season. That means 12 to 14 storms will likely develop in the Atlantic from June through November, according to AccuWeather. Of them, five to seven are projected to become hurricanes and two to four have the potential to become “major hurricanes,” which are classified as a Category 3, 4, or 5 in terms of wind strength. As for the United States, AccuWeather predicts two to four storms have the potential to make landfall as either tropical storms or hurricanes.

When it comes to tropical storms, sustained wind speeds fall between 39 and 74 miles per hour. Once that threshold is crossed, a system becomes a hurricane. Major hurricanes classified between a 3, 4, or 5 have sustained wind speeds from 111 miles per hour to 156 miles per hour and beyond; however, most named systems never reach hurricane status.

Looking back, the Atlantic hurricane season had 15 named storms in 2018, with eight becoming hurricanes. “Though it wasn’t as active as the 2017 season — which produced 17 named storms with 10 hurricanes —the 2018 season was memorable for the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael in the eastern and southeastern United States,” according to a recent article in Forbes.

As nearly 40 percent of all U.S. hurricanes make landfall in South Florida, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your home and your most cherished possessions. In fact, impact windows and doors––which have the ability to withstand violent hurricane-force winds and fast-moving debris––are one of the best ways to defend against a powerful storm. 

Depending on the type and force of a storm, there is no guarantee your home won’t sustain damage; however, installing impact windows and doors greatly decreases your home’s risk of indoor and outdoor damage when compared to other methods of protection, including shutters, plywood, or no shielding at all.

Not Sure Where to Start?

Schedule a consultation with our experts at BNT. They will be with you from start to finish, ensuring every impact window and door installed in your home is as you expected. Remember: Don’t wait until the last moment to schedule a consultation. With hurricane season quickly approaching, call as soon as possible to make sure your installation is complete before it’s too late. 

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BnT Impact Windows & Doors has been serving South Florida since 2009 with integrity and pride. We thrive on providing our customers with the best products and service they deserve. BnT offers a selection of the best windows in the industry and then professionally installs them to prepare you for the next weather event. BnT proudly serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, along with the Lakeland area.co

5 Ways Impact Windows Can Save You Money

If you live in an area that sees its share of powerful storms, you might have considered installing impact windows, but you’re intimidated by the price tag. Well, read on and you might be surprised at the ways impact windows and doors can actually save you money.

Avoid Costly Repairs

Of course, the most traditional reason that homeowners install impact windows and doors is to protect against dangerous storms. Wind entering the home through an open or broken window can create strong upward pressure on the roof, creating a potential disaster zone that can destroy your roof. Impact windows won’t shatter when hit by flying debris, so you have priceless peace of mind that you and your precious belongings won’t be damaged by a hurricane’s high winds.

Lower Energy Bill

Old or damaged windows can be responsible for up to 25% of your electric bill by allowing warmth from the sun to penetrate in the summer and heat to escape in the winter. Though Florida doesn’t get nearly as cold as other states, our prolonged summers can give a homeowner two choices: sweat and save money or pay an exorbitant price to stay cool.

Impact windows can allow you to have the best of both worlds—keeping cool and lowering your electric bill.

Insurance Discount

Each year when it comes time to renew your homeowners’ insurance, your agent will ask about upgrades that can lower your premium. In fact, insurance agents are required by Florida law to ask about risk-mitigating factors that can reduce damage caused by high winds. Installing impact windows can lower your premium and deductible by up to 45%. It is important to note that you should contact your agent to ask about the specifics on earning a discount; some insurance companies require you to install impact windows and doors on every opening of your home.

Tax Credit

Believe it or not, installing impact windows in your home can earn you a tax credit. It’s true – you can earn a credit of up to $200 per year for having energy-efficient windows. If you wind up making your house your forever home, that can add up to thousands of dollars in savings. When you submit your taxes, file IRS Tax Form 5695 to claim your residential tax credit. You are asked to provide information for what type of installment you have in your home that makes you eligible for the tax credit, along with some other related questions. Be sure to keep a copy of your certified statement!

Higher Resale Value

After the initial investment, you can count on getting substantial savings from your impact windows and door. Home buyers will usually pay close attention to the windows when touring a home. Replacing your old windows with energy-efficient impact windows can be a huge selling point. According to a study by Zillow, you can get up to a nearly 75% return on your investment (ROI) by installing energy-efficient windows. Impact windows virtually pay for themselves over time.

Interested in Learning More?

Are you interested in scheduling a consultation for impact windows or doors for residential or commercial buildings? BNT Services been serving South Florida since 2009 with integrity and pride in our services and have thrived to provide our customers with the best products and service they deserve.

BnT offers a selection of the best windows in the industry and then professionally installs them to make you ready for the next local weather event. BnT proudly serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, along with the Lakeland area.

Impact Windows Can Keep You Safer for Hurricane Season

Nearly 40 percent of all U.S. hurricanes make landfall in South Florida. That’s why with storm season only a few months away, it’s time to start thinking about protecting your home.

In fact, impact windows and doors––which have the ability to withstand violent hurricane-force winds and fast-moving debris––are one of the best ways to defend against a powerful storm.

It’s important to remember one is not more important than the other: Impact windows and doors work together to keep your home intact. As impact-grade windows protect against wind and wreckage flying through the air, reinforced doors guard against the outdoor pressure. Ensuring your home’s openings are securely closed will decrease the likelihood of indoor pressure and subsequent roof damage.

Plus, as most impact windows consist of several layers of glass or other synthetic materials that make shattering and penetration difficult, you’ll get protection from storms and increased home security against unwanted visitors.

With plenty of different brands and product types to choose from, opt for a personalized home consultation to determine the best choice for you and your home. From picture windows to cabana doors and stylish awnings, BNT Impact Windows and Doors carries the latest and greatest in impact innovation, including products from the industry-leading PGT Custom Windows + Doors.

Depending on the type and force of storm, there is no guarantee your home won’t sustain damage; however, installing impact windows and doors greatly decreases your home’s risk of indoor and outdoor damage when compared to other methods of protection, including shutters, plywood, or no shielding at all.

If you’re not sure where to start, schedule a consultation with our experts at BNT. They will be with you from start to finish, ensuring every impact window and door installed in your home is as you expected.

Pro tip: Don’t wait until the last moment to schedule a consultation. With hurricane season quickly approaching, call as soon as possible to make sure your installation is complete before it’s too late.

About Us
BnT Impact Windows & Doors has been serving South Florida since 2009 with integrity and pride. We thrive on providing our customers with the best products and service they deserve.

BnT offers a selection of the best windows in the industry and then professionally installs them to prepare you for the next weather event. BnT proudly serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, along with the Lakeland area.

Top 5 Benefits of Impact Windows and Doors

There are good reasons why Florida has grown in population more than any other state since 2010. The Sunshine State has it all—thousands of miles of coastline, beautiful weather, a booming economy and low taxes.

However, as any Floridian can confirm, that perfect, warm weather brings an unwelcome element as well: Tropical storms and hurricanes. Hurricane season is officially June 1 through November 30, and peak season is from mid-August through late October. Devastating storms Andrew (Aug. 24, 1992) and Wilma (October 24, 2005) both made landfall in South Florida during peak season. Choosing to protect your home with hurricane shutters or impact windows is one way to prepare for powerful storms. Although shutters are less expensive in the short run, impact windows can provide a variety of benefits that can’t be matched by shutters.

 

Impact Windows Are “Set It and Forget It”

Do you hate putting up and taking down those ugly hurricane shutters? We all have neighbors who’ve gotten so frustrated with the hassle putting up and removing shutters for every false alarm that they just leave up the shutters all hurricane season long (maybe it’s you). And what about if you don’t have shutters? Thousands of desperate Floridians have waited in line for plywood at hardware stores for hours, only to get turned away when the store runs out of supplies. Not exactly a situation that cultivates peace of mind.

Once impact windows and doors are installed, that part of your storm preparation is done—for as long as you live there. Only impact windows and doors provide continuous, independent protection from the moment they’re installed.

Peace and Quiet

As mentioned earlier, it seems like people are flocking to the Sunshine State as much as ever, both for tourism and to settle down permanently. The state’s population has swelled to nearly 22 million, and there’s no slowdown in sight. One effect of the constant growth? We have more crowding—and more noise—than ever. There are more highways carrying more vehicles, more homes being built closer together, and more neighbors mowing their lawns at 7 a.m. Plus, freight trains run all hours of the night; many otherwise “quiet” neighborhoods are within earshot of train tracks.

Impact windows measurably decrease the level of noise from the outside, whether it’s a barking dog or the sound of kids playing. Speaking of kids, what if you have a baby or young child? Having constant noise invading your home can affect your child’s sleep quality can make for some very tired, very overwhelmed parents. Installing impact windows is a way to guarantee the reduction of outside noise penetrating through your bedrooms.

Check the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating when shopping for impact windows, as this will give you an idea of how much sound is blocked. Having airspace between panes is the key to helping a sound barrier. The closer the panes are to each other, the smaller the airspace and the more sound will pass through. Panes with varied thickness help block sound transmission.

Save on Your Energy Bill

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. During Florida’s hot, humid summers—which can last six months or longer in some areas—energy bills skyrocket. Installing impact windows not only reduces solar heat gain in summer and retains heat on cold winter nights, but it ensures that existing leaks and cracks in your old windows—which contribute to exorbitant energy bills— are a thing of the past.

Enhanced Security

Rickety old single-paned windows—especially those that are unlocked—are a burglar’s best friend. When thieves are scoping out homes to get a potential score, they’ll likely move right past one secured by impact windows and doors if your next-door-neighbor has old-fashioned windows. Even if these outdated windows are locked, skilled burglars can easily access them with a putty knife.

On the flip side, most impact windows consist of several layers of glass or other synthetic materials that make shattering and penetration difficult. While homeowners think mostly about how these reinforced layers of glass help protect against flying debris during a hurricane, they also provide a significant deterrent to burglars.

Looking Good, Feeling Good

If your windows are older than you are, then they might not be much to look at, even if the window style itself has aged well. Cracks, peeling paint, and a general worn-out appearance can make an otherwise beautiful house look outdated. Impact windows generally provide a clean, modern appearance that fits any home style. but they provide protection against strong and damaging winds. Plus, since impact windows eliminate the need for shutters, you can see outside during a hurricane. No

The same goes for doors. Your door is the first impression for guests (and for you), so unless you’re a big fan of The Addams Family, you probably don’t want an old, creaky door riddled with cracks and peeling paint.

Additionally, there are other benefits to installing impact windows and doors of course: UV protection and savings on your homeowner’s insurance, to name a couple.

Interested in Learning More?

Are you interested in scheduling a consultation for impact windows or doors for residential or commercial buildings? BnT Services been serving South Florida since 2009 with integrity and pride in our services and have thrived to provide our customers with the best products and service they deserve.

BnT offers a selection of the best windows in the industry and then professionally installs them to make you ready for the next local weather event. BnT proudly serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, along with the Lakeland area.