Benefits of impact windows in South Florida

 

PGT does a fantastic job, they’ve been in Florida  for a very long time.

The windows that they offer in the hurricane series, they make two different lines  of impact windows, the one I’m showing here today  is an aluminum frame that’s called  “The WinGuard Aluminum”  and they also make a vinyl window, the vinyl windows they’re offered  with a lifetime warranty  completely cover the glass, the frame  and all the mechanisms  for the lifetime of the window.

Different type of impact windows – Impact and Impact insulated windows

The aluminum series window  come with two different variations of warranty, they come with a simple  – a standard impact window comes with  a one year warranty  covers the mechanisms and the glass  and this window that I’m showing you today  is actually an insulated glass window, this window comes with a ten year warranty.

The reason they give you  a longer warranty on these windows, this window is very popular up north, it’s a duo pane style window, what that means is  it has an impact piece of glass, in front of that impact piece of glass  is a space filled with argon, argon displaces oxygen and also moisture  and argon is a poor transmitter of heat  and they sandwich that in between  an additional piece of glass on the outside.

What that does is, it actually increases the insulating value of your impact windows, so you’re getting your round benefits  when you upgrade to not only an impact window  but an insulated glass impact window.

Generally, when we order these windows  what we’ll do is we’ll have them  coat the outside of the window  with Low-E coating, it’s maybe hard to tell on camera  but if you’d look at this window from the outside, it actually has a slight green tint to it.

Energy Efficiency in impact insulated windows

PGT offers this coating, it’s their highest level of Low-E coating, it’s called Solar Pane 70, that offers ultraviolet reflectivity, so very popular, your home in south Florida, we weren’t thinking about  not only upgrading for hurricane purposes  but you also want to consider  the daily benefits of impact windows.

So what are those daily benefits? Again with a standard impact window, you’re getting security, you’re getting sound reduction, you’re getting a slight thermal value  which means you don’t get the heat transferred  through the glass as you would  a standard non-impact window.

You’re also getting a higher strength  wind resistance which is how impact windows, one of the ways impact windows are rated.

So you may ask, so what does that all boil down to? Well, we all understand impact windows  but I think a large majority of people  don’t understand the benefits  that they offer every day.

If you have a standard window  and a burglar wants to break in, it’s very simple, they crack the glass, stick their hand and open the lock and in they are.

With our impact glass window, not the case, they may be able to  break the window but the likelihood  of them getting in is significantly reduced, the way the glass attached to the frame, it’s not going to separate, they’re not going to be able to  simply push it in because of the lamination  of the impact window.

However, like I said, one of the biggest benefits to go into  an impact window with insulated glass  which is what this window is, is it offers you an insulation value.

So up north they were very popular, people that are from up north  know that they have duo pane windows, what that does is when it’s cold outside, it keeps the cold from coming in  through the window and in to your house  and increasing your energy bill, the heating bill while works exactly  the opposite in south Florida, we have such a high level of heat  and ultraviolet rays from the sun  being so close to the Equator  that we actually get ultraviolet rays  that penetrate the window  and heat up the inside of your house.

When you upgrade your window  to an impact window, that’s an insulated glass  and has this additional coating  of Low-E on the outside, those ultraviolet rays reflect  so you don’t get the heating  of the material inside your house, the heat doesn’t transmit  through the window as well, it actually has an R value  for people that are up on what R value is, that’s an insulation value, like we put insulation in your attic, they’re rated R-9, R-19, R-30.

This window is so good at reducing heat, it actually equivalents to an R-value.

One of the biggest benefits , fringe benefits, I like to say, is the amount it reduces inside your house.

When you put these windows in, the sound just like the ultraviolet light  is often reflected, it doesn’t transmit, reverberate through the piece of glass, through the dead space of the argon  and then through the impact glass  on the inside into your house, make sure home much much quitter.

So you get all those benefits, security, temperature,  hurricane resistance impact, there is no need to  cover these windows with shutters, with accordions, with panels, with wood, they meet the same standard  that all of those products do, that’s how they’re tested, they shoot a 2 × 4 at this window, very similarly the way they shoot it  at a standard accordion awning  or at aluminum panel shutter  that goes over your window, they meet the same test, that’s what qualifies them.

So they’re great products, well worth the investment in your home, if you’re planning on being their a long time, I would not only recommend  upgrading to an impact window  but also an insulated glass window with a Low-E, get the highest efficiency, make your home as efficient as you can.

They do qualify for tax rebates  based on their energy efficiency rating, they’re a great product, PGT happens to be the brand that I like the most, I’ve had a lot of experience with them, the quality, the warranty, the reputation all hold through with the product.

But there are other brands out there, some people prefer different lines  and that’s okay as well, sometimes that boils down to price  and we all understand price is important  but sometimes you get what you pay for  and the quality, the craftsmanship of this product  is one of my favorites  that I’ve seen on the market.

The do like I want to show you, they do make the windows in two different qualities, this is an aluminum frame window, the other available style is a vinyl frame window, the vinyl frame window will actually  also increase your energy efficiency rating  because the vinyl doesn’t transmit heat  quite as much as the aluminum.

 

Impact windows that match every style of home and decor.

They’re beautiful for whatever  décor matches your home.

So something to consider  if you’re a south Florida resident, you’ve been through any of the recent storms, you know what a hassle it is, if you don’t have impact windows, putting up shutters and putting up panels  and climbing on ladders and screws  and all the problems that come along with that, this is priceless protection right here  and you have nothing to worry about  and you don’t have a dark home, during the storm you can see what’s going on  and know that you and your family  are going to be safe once these are installed.

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12240 SW 53st, Suite 502
Cooper City, Fl 33330
954-324-2390

Non-Impact Sliding Doors

Sliding doors were once the main type of doors that led outside to many South Florida homes. Non-impact sliding glass doors were especially the type of door that were installed in many Floridian style homes and if you had a wooden or metal pole in the track of your sliding glass door you felt secured and protected.  These older type of residential doors are still in many homes and are frequently the weakest door in your house from both a security and storm resistance point of view. There are many reasons why you should consider replacing these doors and now is great time to upgrade your home because the price of impact doors and windows has decreased over the years and there are many benefits that will further reduce the expense.  These benefits range from better interior climate control to reduction in homeowners insurance and less potential damage in the event of a tropical depression or hurricane in South Florida.

New Impact Rated Doors

A lot has changed over the years and while sliding glass doors have gone in and out of style, the need for storm windows and doors have become more apparent in recent years.  Rapid Construction is a South Florida based company that knows first-hand the power of hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and tropical depressions that sweep though Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.   Fortunately, programs such as Ygrene now provide an affordable method of acquiring hurricane rated doors and windows to many South Floridians. 

Benefits of Impact Doors

The impact doors you decide on can be customized to your exact requirements. There are now many styles of impact doors that you can choose from.  Many of the newer styles have esthetic accents that will blend perfectly with your home décor.  One of the first things you may notice after an impact door or window is installed is how much quieter your house becomes.  The insulation and thickness of the glass also significantly reduces noises from outside. In addition to dampening the noise you immediately get the feel of additional security. Simply tapping on the glass of an impact door or window will reveal a distinct sound difference as compared to a non-impact door or window.

Hurricane Protection for your South Florida Home

When it comes to protected your house from hurricane force winds, we suggest you view some videos on YouTube that demonstrate the ability to stop flying projectiles from breaking your windows and causing a devasting change in pressure which may actually lift your roof from house.  When you have impact doors and windows you are preventing this potential change in pressure and also preventing the elements from causing water damage.  Some examples of the roofs being lifted are shown below and were the primary cause of many changes to the South Florida Building Code. The current South Florida Building code now requires what is commonly referred to as “hurricane strapping your trusses” to essentially anchor the structural roof truss to the tie beam of your home. 

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The doors that Rapid Construction recommends give the finest quality, and are supplied by only the most reputable companies that are fast and dependable. You can also select an impact rated French door, that will have all the same benefits and be just as energy efficient. 

Give Rapid Construction a call when you are ready to upgrade your home or if you have any questions about our partnership with Ygrene.  We offer a free consultation and are ready to get you prepared for another hurricane season. Make sure to check out our other article about preparing your house for the 2018 Florida Hurricane season.

 

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12240 SW 53 Street, Suite 502
Cooper City, Fl 33330

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Rapid Construction is your Cooper City Licensed General Contractor

From custom homes to complete home renovations and additions, Rapid Construction of Cooper City can do it all.  Our company specializes in providing your home or business with construction, remodeling and repair services for your property.

Is this going to be the year you invest in hurricane rated impact doors and windows for your home?  Are you tired of having to find space to store your hurricane shutters or having to install heavy and sometimes dangerous shutters? Rapid Construction has partnered with Ygrene and can now offer financial solutions to make replacing your old non-impact doors and windows with modern impact rated doors and windows at an affordable price.

Rapid Construction has helped residents of Cooper City and surrounding communities in the past by offering to assist with shutter installation at a reduced price.  However, the best way to protect your home is by upgrading to impact rated doors and windows. This eliminates the need to install shutters often times in hazardous conditions and also protects you from those unexpected storms that we frequently get in Florida.

Now is the time to start planning for Hurricane season and to start hurricane proofing your home or business.  Cooper City and surrounding areas have dodged a direct path of recent major hurricanes and experts are predicting once again a higher than normal season.  You have seen what damage the hurricanes that have missed Cooper City and surrounding areas have caused.

Our Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through November 30. In the Eastern Caribbean and along the U.S. East Coast, the season tends to be busiest between mid-August and mid-September.

Whether you live in Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Miramar, Southwest Ranches or the surrounding South Florida region, we are ready to help you prepare and to hurricane proof your home.

We have training, knowledge and ability to handle any home or commercial project. We offer free quotes and consultation. Rapid Construction sets itself apart by its guarantee of client satisfaction. Allow us to make your dreams a reality! Make sure you visit our website and learn more about our Ygrene program.

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12240 SW 53rd St, Suite 502
Cooper City, Fl 33330
954-228-2300

Rapid Construction is now your Ygrene Certified Contractor

What is Ygrene:

Ygrene’s award-winning PACE program provides 100 percent, no money down PACE financing to help property owners make cost-effective energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation, safety and storm protection improvements to residential, multifamily buildings. Eligibility is based on equity and your ability to pay, among other factors. No minimum FICO score is required. Payments can be spread out up to 30 years in some states, and your first annual payment may be deferred for up to one year or longer, subject to underwriting guidelines, approvals and date of funding.

South Florida General Contractors

Customer of Rapid Construction should expect quality service, and peace of mind.  All of our work include permits and billing will be done through us. We provide our customers with the peace of mind that the job is getting done, in a timely manner and through a State Certified and Licensed Contractor.

More information about the Y Grene program:

The Y grene site has the following bullet points:
• 100% Financing, No Money Down
• No Payments For Up To 12+ Months
• Based On Home Equity
• No Minimum FICO Required
• Get Prequalified In Minutes
Call Rapid Construction for more information about the Ygrene program and how we can start your next home improvement/addition project using Ygrene. For more information about our services, you can explore our Rapid Construction South Florida page.
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12240 SW 53rd St #502,
Cooper City FL 33330

House Renovations Can Add Value to Your House When Planning to Sell

Certain home renovations and additions will also increase your home value significantly if you are planning to sell it in future. If you have lived in South Florida for as long as we have, you know how competitive the real estate market is.  A newly renovated home sells much quicker than one that is stuck in the past.  For instance, any renovations made to your kitchen will bring a higher returns. Upgrading your driveway and making your home energy-efficient will also help you sell your Florida home faster when the right time comes.

Today, most of the South Florida homebuyers are interested in the minor renovations and additions that you make to keep your home in top shape. Working with an expert like Rapid Construction, will help you understand the kind of South Florida home renovations and additions that matter most to potential homebuyers. A complete home renovation may be less expensive than you think, especially when compared to building a new home.

Home Additions Add Longevity to Your House

All homeowners require more space in their rooms, especially in bathrooms. Whenever you think about renovating your home, think about remodeling your bathrooms. Such renovations and home additions always add longevity and value to your home. Carefully thought-out home renovations and additions can also offer you additional space for storage, closets and maybe even that additional bathroom that you have always dreamt of. 

Energy and Money Saving by choosing to renovate your home

Are you tired of paying high electric bills and wish to save more money? Then consider upgrading your home to become energy-efficient. You can start by replacing your bulbs and we can help by upgrading your kitchen and bathroom. You can also renovate your walls by insulting them to keep your home warmer in winter and cool during summer. You should also consider changing your home doors and windows to let more sunlight in your house or add impact doors and windows for maximum insulation and protection during hurricane season. All of this additions and changes can save you a lot of money when it comes to paying your energy bill. Contact Rapid Construction, we are located in Cooper City and provide service throughout Broward County and the entire South Florida area. Additional information regarding home construction can be viewed on our Residential Construction page.

 

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Here are some more benefits of investing in a home addition.

  • You Can Rent to Get More Income. If you decide to add an extra bedroom to your house, you can decide to rent out the extra space created. Some homeowners decide to lease their additional space to raise their building expenses that they incurred in the process.
  • Creating extra space to your is always a nice idea since it also offers you an extra source of income. Adding an extra bedroom to your home is quite affordable compared to building a new house. Typically, the cost of adding an extra bedroom to your current house will range between $100 and $ 150 per square foot.
  • Home Additions Provide More Space. Most of the homeowners update their homes to get the much needed extra space. Personal belongings such as photo albums and working tools always require additional space in your home. A home renovation provides you with more usable footage whether it’s in bathroom, kitchen, family room or bedroom. Even a minor small upgrade can lead to big results.

Did you know… The addition of just three square feet to a bathroom can open up a world of possibilities in your home that you never imagine of.

When adding a bathroom or a kitchen you will require plumbing and fixtures for your renovation to be successful. Statistics show that most homeowners spend between $200 and $250 per square feet. This is still inexpensive compared to the cost of constructing a new home from the start to the end. Upgrading your kitchen and bathroom also increases your home value significantly. Every home renovation is unique and the cost estimated in this blog is only an estimate. Please contact us for a custom estimate cost.

Contact Rapid Construction for all your South Florida Home Addition and Renovation needs. We are located in Cooper City, Florida and service the entire South Florida area. You may also be interested in our article on residential construction services we provide in South Florida.

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12240 SW 53rd St #502,
Cooper City FL 33330

 

Benefits of Home Additions/Renovations

Residential home renovations and additions are the best way of transforming your South Florida home and providing your family with the necessary space and amenities they always dream of. Rapid Construction can help build your dream home “one brick at a time”. While many homeowners in Florida look into possibly moving into a larger home as a solution, others are enjoying the benefits of adding various additions to their homes. Home additions provide benefits such as more space, rental revenue and the ability to provide modern and popular home renovations such as natural light in your home.

If you have purchased a new home or trying to renovate a home that you have lived in for many years you need to adapt a
professional approach to achieve the best results out of the process. You should have plans on what you want to upgrade or change and come up with a budget for the entire process. This will save you a lot of stress in the future.

You should also know the specific areas that need to be renovated and the specific space that is required. Consult with designers from established companies such as Rapid Construction to estimate your renovation process. Rapid Construction is located in Cooper City, Florida and proudly services Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Cooper City, Davie, Southwest Ranches, Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise and the entire South Florida region. Make sure to read our last blog post on the benefits of home additions in South Florida.

Contact us anytime to discuss your home renovation needs.

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12240 SW 53rd St #502,
Cooper City FL 33330

Licensed South Florida Licensed Contractors

Are you looking to get more space out of your home?  There are many remodeling contractors in Pembroke Pines and throughout South Florida. However, Rapid Construction provides you with a licensed General Contractor.  We are not a Handyman service and while it is indeed helpful to hire a “handyman” to do small repairs or maintenance services. We only employ the most trained and experienced workers so you can be assured that whatever be the job, it will be done the first time correctly round itself.

Rapid Construction is that can not only add an addition to your home but can construct quality custom homes.  Hiring the right professional home remodeling company in Pembroke Pines and or the surrounding South Florida area will provide customers everything they need when considering home redesigning. Our services include preparing for the required materials, plan(s) of the project(s), designers or architectures and proper consultant services.  These are just several services that are provided by licensed remodeling company like Rapid Construction of South Florida.

We can uniquely manage any inescapable issues that emerge while home renovation projects are being done.  We have access to the right people for the right job and can find the proper certified and insured specialized contractor throughout the state of Florida.

Rapid Construction, a South Florida company is highly experienced in the home remodeling industry & offers the best home remodeling services in Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Miramar, Southwest Ranches, Fort Lauderdale and throughout the South Florida region. Make sure to follow our related posts on home renovations in Pembroke Pines, fl.

You should consult us for house redesigning and other construction services.

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12240 SW 53rd St, Suite #502,
Cooper City FL 33330

Remodeling Of A Home Is Best Done By Professionals

Remodeling your home can be quite an experience both emotionally and financially. There are a lot of things to worry about like whether the job will be completed within the stipulated time, if the expenses will remain within the budget and if the outcome will be as expected. Some professionals offer residential remodeling services in South Florida, who are good at what they do and will keep their promises. It is essential that remodeling is done by a team of experienced professionals because most times they are required to work within an already existing design and that could be challenging. Only those with great skill and expertise will be able to give creative solutions in such a situation. We are specialized remodeling contractor serving Pembroke Pines and the surrounding South Florida community.

Remodeling Helps To Personalize Homes

When you invest in a condominium, sometimes it may be necessary to make some changes so that you could make it more personal. Many of us have a vision as to what we may want our home or living space to look and feel like. Some of the teams of experts who specialize in condo remodeling in South Florida, USA will undoubtedly be able to bring to reality all your dreams. Be it remodeling your bathrooms, your kitchen, bedrooms or even changing your flooring or the wall paint or wallpaper; you can be sure that you will be able to avail of expert services. There are so many new things in the market and these South Florida, experts will be able to find you just what you like and within the budget you have in mind.

Rapid Construction, a South Florida Licensed Contractor is highly experienced in the home remodeling industry & offers the best home remodeling services in Cooper City, Pembroke Pines, Davie, Southwest Ranches, Miramar and the surrounding South Florida area.

You should consult us for house redesigning and other construction services.  We are always ready to help build your dream home one brick at a time. Check out building a custom home in South Florida.

 

Rapid Construction
12240 SW 53rd St, Suite 502
Cooper City, Fl 33330
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