I live in Austin and thieves broke through french doors at my home. I thought they were secure! I bought a Zeus hurricane sliding glass door to keep robbers out. The Zeus online system is great, I even ordered 6 hurricane windows for the front of my house facing a freeway and train track to reduce noise. Ordering was a breeze, got an installer no problem. Zeus beat local Austin window/door companies by over 55%. No traffic/train noise and even in direct sun the Zeus inside panes stay cool! Really happy here
Everyone knows that hurricane/impact windows are more expensive than standard vinyl replacement windows. They usually run 200-300% more in cost than an energy efficient, double pane, vinyl frame window. If you have been shopping around this is old news. What you may not know is that hurricane/impact windows are also extremely energy efficient and significantly more quiet due to the laminated glass (dampening outside noise) than vinyl windows. Hurricane/impact windows are also VERY theft deterrent; Google something like “videos of breaking a hurricane window” and see how strong they are! The Zeus hurricane/impact window meets the strictest requirements set forth for the hurricane window category.
The Zeus hurricane window is tested and certified to meet the AAMA standards for High Velocity Hurricane Zones, the Miami-Dade and Broward County specifications for the Florida Building Commission, and the Texas Department of Insurance evaluation for the Texas Coast.
The following report is compiled by Remodeling Magazine (an industry leader in home improvement projects). Annually this magazine evaluates numerous actual home improvement projects both nationally and by region. The cost of the project is determined by certain criteria (quality, size, etc . . .), also the resale value that the project adds to the home is determined. There is no category for hurricane window replacement, but there are midrange and upscale non-hurricane vinyl window replacement projects to compare with to get an idea on window pricing. This report shows actual installed jobs for 10 existing 3-by-5-foot double-hung windows with insulated, low-E, simulated-divided-lite vinyl windows, wood-grain interior finish and custom-color exterior finish. The midrange vinyl window project averaged $1,483 per window! The national average is over $1,500 per window! The Zeus energy-efficient hurricane window of this same size costs less than half as this non-hurricane window!