Hurricane Resistant Glazing | IQ Glass International

For projects in any areas prone to hurricanes, hurricane resistant glazing solutions are essential

Hurricane-resistant glazing refers to windows and glass systems that have been specifically developed to endure the extreme wind loads, flying debris, and pressure variations that are typical of hurricanes and other severe storms. For buildings in hurricane-prone areas, these glazing solutions are essential to reducing damage and safeguarding residents.

When a tropical storm takes on a cyclonic form and the wind speed reaches 74mph or higher this is defined as a hurricane. For any glazing to be considered ‘hurricane resistant’ it must undergo intense testing with impact testing, extremely high wind loads and water pressure to mimic a hurricane. 

Hurricane Resistant Glass

By combining the appropriate glass specifications and glazing solutions with a combination of toughened and laminated glass panes, the majority of IQ’s glazing solutions may be specified as hurricane resistant glazing.

Impact-resistant glass is required for hurricane glazing so that, even in the event that fly debris breaks the glass, the broken pane will remain in place, acting as a safety barrier and preventing harm or damage.

Hurricane impact glass thickness varies based on additional parameters including whether the glass is bonded into a framing profile or if the glazing is frameless, like in a structural glass wall.

hurricane resistant glazing package installed in a luxury holiday villa

Hurricane Resistant Glass Sliding Doors

The hurricane resistance of our triple glazed sliding doors has been approved by the cyclic wind pressure test in accordance with TAS 203. These doors can stand cyclic wind pressures of up to 3510 Pa.

All EN hurricane resistant glazing testing was carried out at the Rosenheim Institute in Germany with the Hurricane testing being undertaken at the Vinci Technology Centre in 2014.

Hurricane resistance sliding doors offer amazing performance and full hurricane safety. 

Hurricane Resistant Glass Walls

Most commonly, glass walls are designed in one of three ways. Firstly with structural glazing, secondly with oversized sliding glass doors and lastly a combination of the two. 

Using IQ’s in-house developed Inviso structural glazing system, this can be specified as a hurricane resistant glazing solution, as the triple glazed system allows for extra toughened and laminated glass panes. 

This means that any of these three glass wall types can be specified with hurricane resistant glazing. 

Our glazing technicians are available for online meetings or in-person, For more information contact the team today.

Why Work With Us

We are able to work with designers and specifiers from an early stage of a project to ensure that no compromises have to be made on design. Our expert glazing technicians are here to help your design become a reality, lending their years of experience to your project team for design advice, performance guidance and cost implications. 

To find out more or arrange a meeting with one of our expert glazing consultants or just contact the team on 01494 722 880.


Our years of experience allow us to create bespoke glass constructions with minimal detailing and expert quality.


Our specialist in house contract management team oversees your glazing project from beginning to end.


Our technical skillset and high levels of customer service mean that architects and contractors return to us time and again for their commercial glazing projects.


Our in house team of CAD designers and engineers contains twelve expert designers and is fully supported by a structural engineer for specialist structural glass calculations.


Our expert glazing specification advisors are available to help you finalise your architectural glazing designs before the tender stage.


We offer a full NBS style specification service for architects who wish to ensure the correct aesthetic and performance is achieved from their documentation.

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