Impact Windows
Suncoast recommends Simonton and TRACO Impact Windows

Do you live in a home on the coast? Or, maybe you do construction work on homes in a windy, coastal area? If so, you can now relax and sleep a little easier.

Simonton Windows® has introduced Simonton StormBreaker Plus, an impact resistant product line designed for high windborne coastal areas. Double Hung Tilt, Casement, Awning, Geometric and Picture style windows are all included in the new product line, plus an impact resistant Garden Door (available with center hinge outswing).

Products in the Simonton StormBreaker Plus line feature KeepSafe® Maximum glass. The units are composed of a piece of heavy polyvinyl butyral (PVB) plastic interlayer sandwiched between two pieces of double-strength glass. The laminated glass is then combined with another piece of double-strength tempered glass to form an insulating glass (IG) unit. The IG unit, which has been sealed together to form a strong, impact-resistant bond, is then glazed into the sash to hold the glass in the frame. The glazing process from Simonton uses a structural back bedding system to ensure the entire unit passes impact tests and performs admirably in installed situations.

"Living in a coastal areas with high winds can be a wonderful, yet sometimes unsettling experience," says Bill Lazor, senior brand manager at Simonton Windows. "Unexpected powerful storms can cause damage to the home --- and windows are oftentimes most vulnerable. The new Simonton StormBreaker Plus products can lessen concerns about the exposure of the home to both storms and potential intruders. These products have been proven to offer security and safety to the home."

Feel the strength of Simonton StormBreaker Plus products. When independently tested with air cannons, these windows didn’t just survive, they laughed in the face of the storm.

Think you’re hard on your windows? In the air cannon tests,
a two-by-four piece of lumber, nine-feet long, weighing nine pounds, was shot at specific and varying parts of the window unit at a rate of 50-feet per second. After the impacts, the units were then subjected to 9,000 cycles of combined positive and negative pressure. To pass the test, each unit subjected to these conditions needed to continue functioning. The glass had to stay intact in the sash and the Double Hung and Casement windows operationally. Strong and beautiful, Simonton StormBreaker Plus products are ideal for your coastal area home.

The Simonton Collection® includes a variety of product lines.


TRACO Impact Resistant Window and Door Systems bring an expertise and understanding of the unique needs of coastal area markets with the right products, the right technology, and the right approach. Specifically designed to meet strict building codes and the toughest coastal weather challenges, TRACO Impact products are tested to withstand the most severe hurricane force wind loads. High design pressure windows and sliding-terrace doors goes beyond the traditional benefits such energy-saving-performance by providing added safety, security and peace-of-mind.


What is impact glass?

Impact glass is a laminated glazing product, produced by bonding a combination of plastic vinyl layers and polyester film between two pains of glass into a single sheet. Laminated glass looks like ordinary glass, but protects like a shield against accidental impact, forced entry, sun damage and unwanted noise. Tests show that specially designed laminated glass products pass windborne debris impact tests, and when broken the glass fragments tend to remain integral, adhering to the plastic interlayer, helping to preserve the integrity of the building envelope. Impact glass is provided in a Low-E configuration, but it does not have an open space between the two glass panes.


What does Low-E stand for and how does it benefit my project?

Low-E stands for low-emissivity, which is the power of a surface to emit heat by radiation. This type of glass cuts the loss of heat during the winter and cuts the absorption of heat during the summer by reflecting the heat back to its source, thus providing year-round savings by lowering utility bills. Low-E glass also selectively filters the sun’s energy, blocking up to 84% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays in the summer, thereby reducing the degree of fading of upholstery, carpet and drapes. Low-E also reduces heating costs reflecting room side heat back into the room with a resulting in a lower winter U-value.


What is insulated glass?
Technically, there are two or more panes of glass separated by insulation at the edges and air in the center to provide greater thermal efficiency to a window.


What is a gas-filled window?
Modern window technology permits an inert gas, usually argon, to be sealed between the panes of glass in a window instead of air. The gas is a far better insulator that just air, thus further increasing the thermal value of a window.


What are some common styles of windows on the market today?
Depending on region and personal style, single-hung, double hung, casement, awning, slide-by, bay and bow windows are the most frequently used. A number of other style windows are frequently employed as accent windows.


How does a double hung window differ from a single hung window?
A double-hung window has two vertically moving sashes, each opening and closing a different part of the window. While a single hung window has only one moving sash, which is the bottom portion of the window.


What is a casement window?
A casement window is a window unit hinged at the side that swings outward, operated by a cranking mechanism.


What is an awning window?
An awning window is hinged at the top and swings out at the bottom to open, operated by a cranking mechanism.


What is a bay window?
A bay window is a series of usually three windows assembled in a polygon shape that projects outward from the side of a house.


How does this differ from a bow window?
Bow windows are very similar to bays, in that they also project from the side of a house. However, they are usually composed of a series of five window units assembled in an arc, rather than a polygon.


You mentioned that a number of special units are also available for use either separately or in conjunction with the units above. What are some of these units?
Many of these are special shapes. For example, they include hexagonal windows, round windows, half and quarter-rounds (which are exactly what the name implies), dormer windows, French windows (two casement sash hinged together to allow them to be opened into a confined space), lancet windows (tall narrow windows with a pointed arch top frequently used in Gothic architecture), and transoms, which are window units usually located above a door.


What are mullions?
Mullions are vertical members between window units. They are sometimes confused with muntins, which are secondary framing members that hold multiple panes of glass in the sash. Other parts of the sash include stiles (the outside vertical members) and rails (the top and bottom horizontal members).


I have heard windows referred to as lights, is this another type of window?
Lights (sometimes also spelled lites) are individual panes of glass within a window. Windows are usually designed/measured by the number of “lights” it has in each sash.


What are jambs?
Jambs are framing members used to support the window in the wall. Those framing members on the side are, logically enough, called side jambs. The framing member at the top is a head jamb. There are no jambs at the bottom. This framing member is referred to as a sill.


There are many general terms that I hear quite often, but some of them I do not understand. For example, what is a sash?
A sash, simply put, is the entire window, including the glass and the surrounding pieces that hold it together. The sash fits into a frame that is actually tied into the surrounding wall and holds the sash in place.


Why do my new insulated-glass windows "sweat" during cold weather?
Even the best-insulated windows can condense moisture from the air if the outdoor temperature is low enough and the indoor relative humidity is high enough. You're probably using a room humidifier or a humidification system connected with your furnace. Assuming that the windows were properly installed, try reducing the humidity setting during very cold weather.


Here are a few tips on reducing the moist air in your home:
Use fans in bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms to circulate the air.


- Air out your home frequently by opening doors and windows.


- Reduce the number of indoor house plants, as plants increase humidity levels.


- Use a dehumidifier to remove excess humidity from the air.


General Information

  • Product approved for South Florida Building Code.

  • Meets egress requirements.


  • Double weather-stripping throughout.

  • Full view or colonial muntins.

  • Forced-entry approved and burglar resistant.

  • All stainless steel hinges. Heavy-duty operators and locks.


  • All frames, vents and screen frames are manufactured of extruded 6063-T6 aluminum.

  • Frames and vents are constructed using stainless steel corner keys.

  • Single row plastic backed and shrink resistant. Applied to both frame and vent.

  • Non impact units are available with 3/16" and 1/4" thick glass annealed or tempered.

  • Insulated units have 1/2" overall glass thickness.

  • Impact resistant units use .125/.090/.125 annealed or heat treated glass.

  • All hardware is manufactured by Truth Hardware or equal, and come with a 5 year limited warranty.

  • All aluminum members will received an ESP finish.

  • Available with impact resistant glass, insulated glass, tempered safety glass.

  • Standard colors are white, tan, bronze ESP and clear anodized, custom colors available.


  • Design pressure of positive and negative 85 psf (unit test size 48” x 120”)

  • No water penetration at 15 psf of positive pressure

  • Air infiltration = 0.050 cfm/sq. Ft. at a pressure differential of 6.24 psf

  • Tested and passed Dade County Pa 201, 202, 203.

  • Original Dade County Acceptance No. 96-1024.02

  • Renewal Dade County acceptance No. 00-0524.003


  • ALUMINUM: 6063-t6 extruded aluminum frame members and 6063-t5 aluminum glazing beads. Minimum wall thickness for main framing members to be .090 thickness and glazing beads .070 thickness

  • GLASS: Uvekol glazing panel consisting of, outboard light of ¼” thick glass with an interlayer .120 mil laminate and inboard light of ¼” thick glass.

Impact and Cyclic Test Standards


LARGE MISSILE IMPACT TEST: Height and grade up to and including 30.0 feet.

  • Impact Option 1: Three identical test specimens, each specimen is impacted twice. One at the center and one within 6" (152mm) of a corner.

  • Impact Option 2: Six test specimens, each impacted once. Three specimens at center, three specimens impacted within 6" (152 mm) of a corner.

  • Options 1 and 2 consists of a 2" x 4" Timber.

  • Weight and speed of the 2" x 4" Timber specific to wind speed:

90 < wind speed = 100 4lb. (2kg) missile impacting at a speed of 40 ft. (12m)/sec

100 < wind speed = 1108 4lb. (4kg) missile impacting at a speed of 40 ft. (12m)/sec

Wind speed = 110 9 lb. (4kg) missile impacting at a speed of 50 ft. (12m)/sec

  • Impact Option 3-pendulum impact apparatus. Refer to test standard for impact criteria.

  • To past test no penetration is allowed in which a 3" (76 mm) diameter sphere can pass. (Impact Options 1-3)

  • The cyclic pressure loading test is not required when at one ply of the impact glass product does not beak during missile impact test and the material is designed to withstand the design wind pressure. (Impact Options 1-3)

SMALL MISSILE IMPACT TEST: Height above 30 feet (9m).

  • Three identical test specimens.

  • Test is conducted with steel balls each weighing 2 grams and impacting at a speed between 130 ft. per sec. and 132 ft. per sec.

  • Test consist of thirty small missile impacts: 110 at the center, 10 at the center/long dimension side, 10 at the corner

  • The specimen passes the impact test if/when no penetrations are created in which a 3" (76 mm) diameter sphere can pass through.

  • All three specimens must pass prior to proceeding to the cyclical pressure loading test.

NOTE: The cyclic pressure loading test is not required when at least one ply of the impacted glass make-up does not fracture during missile impact test and the ply is designed to withstand the design wind pressure.




Test specimens passing the large and small missile impact test criteria move on to the cyclic wind pressure test.

Inward Acting Pressure

Outward Acting Pressure


Number of Cycles


Number of Cycles

0.2 Pmax to 0.5 Pmax


0.3 Pmax to 1.0 Pmax


0.0 Pmax to 0.6 Pmax


0.5 Pmax to 0.8 Pmax


0.5 Pmax to 0.8 Pmax


0.0 Pmax to 0.6 Pmax


0.3 Pmax to 1.0 Pmax


0.2 Pmax to 0.5 Pmax


Pmax: Denotes the maximum design load allowed in accordance with ASCE 7-88. "Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures."

Pass/Fail Criteria

SFBC - Dade County Addition: A particular system of construction shall be deemed to comply with this recommended practice if three test specimens reject the missile impacts without penetration and resist the cyclic pressure loading with no cracks forming which are longer than 5" and 1/16" wide through which air can pass.

SBCCI SSTD 12: The test specimens shall resist the missile impacts prescribed and resist the cyclical pressure loading with no cracks forming longer that 5" through which air can pass or with no opening through which a 3" diameter sphere can pass.