Are Hurricane Windows Soundproof? Benefits of Impact Windows

Are Hurricane Windows Soundproof? Benefits of Impact Windows

Are hurricane windows soundproof? No, they’re not soundproof — but noise reduction is one of the great benefits these impact windows bring to homeowners. Living along the Gulf Coast region or in hurricane-prone areas, it’s important to have windstorm impact-resistant windows and doors to protect your home. Not only do hurricane impact windows provide energy cost savings and added security, but you will also notice a difference in noise reduction as well.

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Windows with impact resistance provide noise reduction, energy savings, and of course protection from intruders or extreme weather conditions. This is what you can expect when you install impact windows with Custom Windows of Texas:

Protection from Harsh Coastal Weather

It’s important to have peace of mind for your family, home, and belongings while living on the coast. Impact windows come in many different types such as Vinyl, Aluminum, Fiberglass, and Clad Wood. These hurricane protection windows and doors are from trusted brands such as Andersen, Wincore, Sierra Pacific, NT Windows, and Showcase, and meet building code requirements for your region. Replacement impact doors by ProVia, Sierra Pacific, and Andersen provide the same level of protection, energy savings, and noise reduction recommended along with replacing your home’s windows.

Long-Term Energy Cost Savings

Each window installed is Energy Star rated across a wide range of partners mentioned. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, having impact windows is truly a smart investment to make. Cardinal Glass calculates that changing from a single-pane window to a modern dual-pane window has an estimated annual savings of 51% in climates like ours. Our experts at Custom Windows will help you get started in replacing your windows with special financing options and clarify what you can expect for your specific home’s energy savings.

Significantly Reduce Outdoor Noise

Impact-rated windows are designed with a laminated glass unit that reduces noise even more than traditional dual-pane windows. By absorbing low frequencies, your home can be quieter for years to come. The laminate layer absorbs low frequencies which reduces noise further, especially those intrusive noises like heavy trucks and buses can make. STC (Sound Transmission Class) is used to measure a window’s ability to reduce sound–with the typical rating for single-pane windows being 18-20 while a double-glazed window is 28-32. However, an impact laminate window can improve the STC by another 2 to 3 decibels over a typical dual-pane window, because they’re usually between an STC of 32–35.

Feel Safe & Secure in Your Home Today

Hurricane season is coming, and the Gulf Coast weather can be unpredictable. If your home is in need of impact windows for hurricane protection, added security, greater noise reduction, and energy cost savings, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our experts at  Custom Windows of Texas

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Energy-Efficient Window & Door Tax Credits in 2023

Energy-Efficient Window & Door Tax Credits in 2023

The recently signed Inflation Reduction Act, which took effect on January 1st, 2023, is creating energy efficiency rebates and tax credits for all kinds of home upgrades. This means window and door replacements with great energy savings can benefit you and your family in 2023. Let’s discuss which energy-saving tax credits will be available.

If you made any qualifying home improvements to your primary residence after December 31, 2021, you may be eligible to claim them on your taxes when you file for 2022. Receive a tax credit of up to $500 if you installed energy-efficient windows, skylights, doors, or other qualifying items.

The clean energy tax credits encourage homeowners to invest in energy efficiency improvements through:

  1. The energy-efficient home improvement credit for certain investments that reduce energy consumption in homes
  2. The residential energy tax credit for investments in renewable energy production at taxpayers’ residences.

New 2023 Tax Credit Changes

The Residential Clean Energy property credit provides a 30% income tax credit for clean energy equipment such as rooftop solar, wind energy, geothermal heat pumps, and battery storage. Improvements like insulation, replacement doors, replacement windows, electrical panel upgrades, and more are covered by the tax credits. 

Last year, the 2022 Tax Credit for installing efficient windows and doors was only 10% of the product cost with a maximum credit of $500. Now in 2023, it has significantly increased to 30% of the product cost with a maximum credit of $1100. (The total maximum credit is $1200, however, windows and doors combined are capped at $1100.)

  • Exterior doors: 10% of the cost in 2022; updated in 2023 to 30% of the cost, up to $500 for doors (up to $250 each)
  • Windows, including skylights: 10% of the cost in 2022; updated in 2023 to 30% of the cost, up to $600

With this increase in the percentage, even smaller construction projects can reach the maximum credit. This can help your family save money on monthly energy bills for years to come.

Energy-Efficient Windows & Doors

If you’ve significantly reduced heating and energy costs in your home, you can qualify for the credits with exterior doors meeting applicable Energy Star-certified requirements, and windows meeting Energy Star’s most efficient certification requirements. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) helps you compare energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights by providing you with energy performance ratings in multiple categories.

Custom Windows of Texas are committed to choosing manufacturers that offer the highest quality and warranty guarantee. Every window and door we sell meets Energy Star status and qualifies for the tax credit. With our selection and skilled expertise, you can trust that any framing materials and insulating glass used in your home will enhance your home’s energy efficiency and appearance.

Incentives to Make Your Home More Efficient in 2023

These energy-efficient window and door tax credits are something for every homeowner and buyer to consider. Feel more comfortable, safe, and secure in your home, and enjoy great energy performance in 2023. 

If you’re looking to replace windows or exterior doors in your home to be more energy efficient, get in touch with our experts at Custom Windows of Texas for a quality installation.

3 Ways to Prepare for the New Year

3 Ways to Prepare for the New Year

The beginning of a new year is upon us! While we may not know what 2023 will hold, Custom Windows of Texas is committed to being your trusted source for custom glass products. Our team is excited about the new possibilities and opportunities that the new year will bring, especially when it comes to helping you succeed.

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Best Window & Door Designs for 2023

At Custom Windows of Texas, we want to not only offer great brands and installation, but help protect your home from UV rays, harsh weather, and break-ins. If your Texas home is in need of added safety and security, your doors and windows are the places to start this 2023. 

1) Home-Securing Doors

A 2023 door replacement can upgrade your home security while complementing its style. Custom Windows entry doors, sliding doors, and French doors come in a number of different frame types and customized glass designs.

2) Energy-Efficient Windows

Whether you need window replacement for an older home or a modern style for new construction, Custom Windows guarantees the best designs for your budget. Choose from aluminum, vinyl, composite, and clad wood windows for durability and energy efficiency.

3) Modern Glass Wall Panels

Floor-to-ceiling glass walls are a great choice for renovating a home in 2023. Fixed glass walls allow house guests to enjoy the view of the outdoors from the interior room while moving glass walls connect the two spaces.

Start 2023 Off Right

The beginning of a new year is the perfect opportunity to enhance your home with quality windows and doors. If you’ve been on the fence about whether to take the next step or not, there’s no better time than now.

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Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Custom Windows

Most Wonderful Time of the Year at Custom Windows

It’s the hap-happiest season of all! 2022 has zipped along to the end in the blink of an eye. This is the time of year we pause and reflect on everything we’ve discussed on our blog. Whether you’re a new or returning customer, this is an excellent way for you to learn more about what we do.

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This year, we’ve had the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics related to our glass products and replacement services. These topics have included:

  • Noise Reducing & Impact Resistant Windows
  • Types of Sliding Glass Wall Systems
  • Entry Door Privacy Ideas for Texas Homes

Noise Reducing & Impact Resistant Windows

If you are considering making your home more secure or planning to make your home more energy efficient, coastal impact windows are your best option. Aside from providing a quiet environment, your replacement noise reduction windows provide the same or even greater energy efficiency than our already Energy Star-rated windows.

Types of Sliding Glass Wall Systems

There are a number of glass wall panel styles and designs we’ve discussed on our blog this year. We’re happy to help our clients learn more about fixed, stacking & pocket, bi-fold, and lift-n-slide windows and their benefits for your home.

Entry Door Privacy Ideas for Texas Homes

Does your home’s entryway need some more privacy from the outside? This year we went into some ways you can add more privacy to your home’s entry door. While there are DIY options available, it’s best to consider a custom glass door that will provide the privacy you need.

Happy Holidays from Custom Windows of Texas!

If there’s one thing we’re celebrating this holiday season, it’s you – our clients. As we near the end of the year, we’re grateful for your continued support and look forward to all that is to come. Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

What are your holiday plans? Let us know on Facebook and enjoy your time off!

What We’re Thankful For This Season

What We’re Thankful For This Season

As we enter the holiday season, we can’t help but think about all of the good things that have happened over the past year. From new products and services to the continual support of you, our loyal clients, Custom Windows of Texas has a lot to be thankful for! Join us as we reminisce and highlight the different things that have happened in the life of our company.

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Trusted Brand Partners 

Our meticulously curated team of trusted suppliers and brand partners are at the core of the quality product and service we are so privileged to provide. Top-notch service only goes so far without top-notch products, and we’re thankful to be partnering with brands that go above and beyond –- so we can too. 

A Year Into Our New Website

Our website underwent quite a transformation last year, and we’re grateful to our web design team for creating such a great resource for our clients. We’re thrilled to have information available to our existing and prospective clients and look forward to continuing to bring you the latest information in custom window designs and more via our blog. 

Continual Client Support 

We provide a service, but our clients make us the business we are. We’re so grateful for our loyal customer base, for sharing us with your friends and family, and for your glowing reviews. Your testimonials and referrals are invaluable to helping our company grow! Thank you for choosing our company, and we look forward to another year of providing you and your home with beautiful custom windows. 

Happy Thanksgiving from Custom Windows!

With the busy holiday season around the corner, we hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones. Thank you again for trusting us with your window and door replacement needs. Helping you enhance the life of your family’s home is at the heart of everything we do. 

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