The Dangers of Flying Debris: The Role of Impact Windows

The Dangers of Flying Debris: The Role of Impact Windows

The Dangers of Flying Debris: How Impact Windows Protect Against One of Hurricanes' Biggest Threats

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Florida, known for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and tropical paradise, is also infamous for something less appealing: hurricanes. Each year, the Sunshine State faces the wrath of these powerful storms, leaving a trail of destruction in their wake.

One of the most significant threats during a hurricane is flying debris, which can cause extensive damage to homes and properties.

In this blog, we’ll explore what flying debris is, why areas like Florida are most prone to it, and how having impact or hurricane windows and doors can shield you from its destructive force.

What Are Flying Debris?

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Flying debris refers to any objects or materials that become airborne during a hurricane. These projectiles are often propelled at high speeds by the hurricane’s powerful winds, posing a grave danger to both life and property.

Flying debris can range from tree branches and loose objects to shattered glass, roof tiles, and even larger objects like outdoor furniture, capable of breaking through standard windows and doors. The sheer force and unpredictability of these projectiles make them one of the most significant threats during a hurricane.

Why Florida is Prone to Flying Debris

Florida’s geographical location makes it particularly vulnerable to hurricanes and their associated flying debris. Several factors contribute to this vulnerability:

  • Coastal Proximity: Florida is surrounded by water on three sides, which makes it a prime target for hurricanes forming in the warm waters of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. These storms can pick up debris from coastal areas and send them hurtling inland.
  • Flat Topography: Florida’s flat and low-lying landscape offers little natural protection against the relentless force of hurricane winds. As a result, debris can travel for miles before coming to a stop.
  • Abundance of Loose Objects: The warm climate and outdoor-centric lifestyle in Florida often mean that many homes have outdoor furniture, grills, and other objects that can become dangerous projectiles when picked up by hurricane winds.
  • Large Tree Populations: Florida is known for its lush greenery, but during a hurricane, the strong winds can uproot trees and send their branches and trunks flying through the air.
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The Solution: Protecting Your Home from Flying Debris with Impact Windows and Doors

In the face of such a formidable threat, homeowners in Florida need a robust defense mechanism. This is where impact windows and doors from Sanctuary come into play. 

These specially designed windows and doors offer a multitude of benefits when it comes to protecting your home from flying debris and other hurricane-related hazards.

1. Reinforced Glass

Sanctuary’s impact windows feature multiple layers of laminated glass that are designed to withstand the impact of flying debris. The laminated glass consists of a layer of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) sandwiched between two layers of glass. This construction prevents the glass from shattering upon impact, reducing the risk of debris entering your home.

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2. High-Quality Frames

In addition to the reinforced glass, Sanctuary’s impact windows and doors are equipped with sturdy frames made from materials like aluminum or vinyl. These frames provide structural integrity, ensuring that your windows and doors remain in place during a hurricane, preventing debris from penetrating your home.

3. Enhanced Security

Impact windows and doors not only protect against flying debris but also enhance the security of your home. The same features that make them hurricane-resistant also make them highly resistant to break-ins and forced entry.

4. Noise Reduction

Beyond safety and security, impact windows and doors can also reduce outside noise, providing a quieter and more comfortable living environment.

5. Energy Efficiency

Impact windows and doors are designed to be energy-efficient, helping you save on heating and cooling costs year-round.


Flying debris is a significant threat during hurricanes, especially in hurricane-prone areas like Florida. The destructive potential of these projectiles cannot be underestimated. However, with Sanctuary’s impact windows and doors, you can fortify your home and protect your loved ones from this danger.

Don’t wait until the next hurricane season to secure your home. Invest in impact windows and doors today and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws your way.

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Remember, when it comes to hurricane protection, Sanctuary Impact Windows and Doors is your trusted partner. Contact us today to learn more about how our products can safeguard your home and loved ones during hurricane season. Don’t let flying debris be a threat to your peace of mind—choose Sanctuary for the ultimate protection.

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Josh Parreco
Josh Parreco
We bought a house last year in Hollywood and Sanctuary recently completed the whole house installation of hurricane doors and windows. I got quotes from several companies before the project. We have some unique windows that all the companies needed to charge extra for. All the quotes were in the same ballpark but I really liked the responsiveness and honest discussions from everyone at Sanctuary so I went with them. The install went smooth and we are incredibly happy with the final result. The house feels super secure now and we got a great discount on our home owners insurance. We had an issue with the inspection of our unique windows but Alex, Gannon, and the whole team went above and beyond to get the project completed at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend this company anyone. Thank you!
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I used Sanctuary window and doors to replace all windows and doors in my home with impact windows and doors. From start to finish everything was quality work and the installation crew was amazing. Highly recommended. -Odalis Milanes
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Andrea Lyn
Alex and his team are awesome. They installed my impact sliders last year and they were efficient and easy to work with. I have had an issue come up since and the same day someone was at my house fixing the issue which is outstanding. I will continue to recommend them to my neighbors and whoever needs the services they provide.
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Rob DelVecchio
We choose Sanctuary Windows and Doors to replace our aging front double doors and back single door with hurricane/impact rated French doors and are very pleased with both the product and the installation. The entire team was very professional from the beginning of the sales process all the way through the installation. Thank you Sanctuary Window and Doors for a job well done!
Laura Correia
Laura Correia
Had 8 windows and 3 doors replaced. They did a great job and highly recommend. The windows took months but this is not something that they have control over. Alex kept his word on everything...extremely trustworthy. Thanks again!
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Gustavo Z. Alfonso
From the very beginning, I sensed a very positive vibe dealing with Alex. Hard to find a business that delivers on its promise so responsibly. The installation staff were also true professionals and very courteous. 100% recommended.
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Nicholas Garofalo
Work delivered as promised by a seasoned team of window professionals. Windows are high quality and greatly enhanced the look of the house while providing us the security of of knowing we have hurricane proof windows and doors. Installation was done quickly. Would definitely use them again.