Remodeling in Florida means complying with the strictest codes in the country for wind-borne debris and wind loading. Ben De Prenger of John Kiernan Construction has no worries about compliance because he installs PGT's WinGuard impact-resistant windows. They are the first complete line of aluminum impact-resistant windows and doors to be approved by the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office. Their laminated glass, made with DuPont's Butacite polyvinylbutyral plastic interlayer, is surrounded by heavy duty aluminum frames. A silicone glazing process helps keep the glass from breaking away from the frame.

“With the Florida hurricanes, we can't put a window in without shutters or … wind-resistance,” De Prenger explains. “WinGuard is an excellent product in the aluminum window category.” He also reports that his clients feel secure knowing they don't have to put up shutters or plywood when bad weather is on the way. And now that PGT has added an insulated glass option to WinGuard, there's another opportunity to upsell.

Remodeler: Ben De Prenger
Company: John Kiernan Construction, Bradenton, Fla.
Product: WinGuard windows
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