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Question DetailsAsked on 9/18/2014

Do I need hurricane strength windows for my FL house 20 miles from Gulf?

i'm getting replacement windows for my house built in 2006

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If in Miami-Dade or Broward county, then yes for certain - required by law. Other areas depend on where you live - see attached article with hazard zone maps -

Also, a couple of other applicable references here - be sure to check Usually on web) with your local building department for local city/county requirements, because some requirements go by the ASCE risk map, some by entire city or county areas for simplicity. The retrofit guide linked below describes the M-D/Broward requirements (most severe) and rest of the state (second or third standard) :

Answered 5 years ago by LCD


I would say if your replacing windows any way you might as well get the hurrican rated type, also maximize your insulation with low-e glass and argon gas, do it once do it right. but if your asking do you have to? I would agree with the first writter and say check your local buildings department for code requirements.


Answered 5 years ago by the new window man

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