Hurricane-proof windows tested by a 2x4 shot out of a cannon (video)

Florida's Miami-Dade County is the New York City of hurricane-resistant windows and doors. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere. One way windows make it there is to survive tests to prove that the window won't be penetrated by an impact. If an object hits a window and shatters during a storm, wind and water get into the home causing further damage as well as potential harm to anyone inside.

To ensure its windows and doors meet Miami Dade standards, CGI windows and doors tests its doors with a 2x4 piece of lumber shot from an air cannon.

The goal is to help consumers make the right choices for product for their home.

“The more you know, the better building product choices you can recommend as a dealer, or choose as a homeowner,” said Tom Riscili, president and CEO of CGI Windows & Doors. “Our video spotlights both the manufacturing process and the resulting product, focusing on the features and benefits of choosing one of the best impact window options on the market. We’re all about educating our audiences to make the most well-informed choices possible.”

CGI put together a video from their factor illustrating the testing for window that use an air cannon to simulate hurricane condition. The cannon fires large pieces of wood clear through non-impact windows, shattering them to pieces, while the CGI impact options stop the wood, remaining strong.

Established in 1992, CGI Windows and Doors was the first manufacturer of hurricane windows and doors to offer laminated glass that met Miami-Dade County impact standards – the toughest in the country. Today, every window and door in the CGI product portfolio meets – and exceeds – Miami-Dade standards.

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