Keeping your home protected from the elements can seem overwhelming. However, it’s simpler than you think. Hurricane impact windows and doors can provide your home with the utmost protection from both the environment and intruders. Destin Glass only sells and installs the highest quality impact resistant windows and doors that have been tested to withstand the most severe hurricane conditions.

We work with several GC’s to assure compliance with all local and state building code requirements.

PGT WinGuard Windows + Doors

PGT Industries produces high design pressure aluminum and vinyl products and is the leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. Their WinGuard Aluminum and WinGuard Vinyl collections are specifically crafted to keep people and buildings safe from the next big storm. Both these lines are offered with a variety of finishes and glass options, including black frames and Low-E and obscured privacy glass.

Shwinco Windows + Doors

At Shwinco Windows and Doors, we build windows and doors to the world’s strictest standards. Ours. What we call The Shwincode. We take pride in the precision, performance, and projectile-resistance of our products. How strong are they? The Shwinco product line can resist the most extreme impacts imaginable—including bomb blasts! That’s because we engineer them well above the competition, higher than Miami-Dade or any other code.

CWS Windows + Doors

Custom Windows Systems has manufactured high quality windows and doors since 1986. Products designed specifically for hurricane impact zones in Florida and other coastal markets. We proudly innovate and introduce products that meet, or exceed, the most stringent coastal requirements. Your windows and doors will fit better, look better, and perform better.

Sound + Noise Control Glass

Reduces the noise inside a building to acceptable levels without sacrificing daylight. No matter where it originates, from the beach, aircraft, street traffic, noise is all around. Future trend research suggests that traffic and noise in general will only get worse. The careful and considered selection of glass can be crucial in helping to reduce noise level and meet noise requirements.

Understanding the Florida Building Codes

florida hurricane zoneThe Florida Building Code 5th Edition (2014) went into effect on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. While the majority of the code is currently being enforced, some questions exist surrounding the enforcement of new energy requirements with regard to replacement windows and doors and the “30% Rule”. The specific question requiring clarification is, “When I replace windows in a home and spend less than 30% of the assessed value of the property, do I need to meet the minimum U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient requirements in the Florida Energy Code.”

Florida's Energy Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has reviewed the question but has not yet come to a decision. A declaratory statement, which seeks to clarify the above question, has been filed with the Florida Building Commission. The Energy TAC will reconvene on September 25th and the issue will go before the Florida Building Commission at the October 14 meeting.  As we gain additional information, we will continue to provide updates on this important matter.

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Update: On September 18, 2015, The declaratory statement was withdrawn. A request has been made to the Florida Building Commission to form a working group, that will allow all stakeholders to come together to clarify and gain uniform consensus on replacement fenestration. Enforcement of the energy code will continue to be determined by each jurisdiction until the workgroup comes to a decision and gains approval from the Energy Technical Advisory Committee and the Florida Building Commission. We do not expect a resolution and uniformity to commence until mid-2016 or later.

What is Turtle Code Glass?


Many counties and cities along Florida’s coast have adopted sea turtle lighting ordinances. The intention of these ordinances is to protect Sea Turtles along the Florida coastline during the nesting season by restricting the amount of light permitted through windows and doors.

Hatching sea turtles are guided to move toward the water by the light of the moon. The artificial lighting of coastal construction is known to confuse the hatchlings.