Simonton StormBreaker™ Plus Windows Provide Ultimate Hurricane Protection for Coastal Community|
Located within walking distance of the Atlantic Ocean, sits the planned community of Ocean Keyes. Nestled on 50 acres in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, amenities abound in the gated community. Four clubhouses. Six swimming pools. Tennis courts and a fitness facility. Everything needed for a carefree lifestyle just minutes from the ocean.
The idyllic setting of 700 villas and town homes features ponds, lakes and walking trails. Created by Keye Communities, LLC, this pristine development specializes in taking care of its homeowners. On the inside, granite kitchen countertops, private elevators in town homes and marble garden tubs add comfort. On the outside, carefree vinyl and brick exteriors assure low maintenance living. And, to be enjoyed both inside and outdoors, impact- resistant Simonton StormBreaker™ Plus windows have been installed to help protect residents from severe storms and hurricanes.
“People are drawn to seaside living,” says co-owner and architect Russell Baltzer of Keye Communities, LLC. “Oftentimes a coastal home is the culmination of a lifetime dream. Unfortunately, coastal communities are unique settings that can experience severe weather, an abundance of salt air and excessive humidity. We want to make certain that the coastal homes we design and build are going to stand up to all these elements.
“We selected the impact-resistant Simonton StormBreaker Plus windows because we want the ultimate in hurricane protection and low maintenance for Ocean Keyes. The durability of the vinyl frames combined with the impact resistance of the glass makes this the ideal product for our coastal community.”
When finished in 2007, the Ocean Keyes development will feature more than 4,000 Simonton StormBreaker Plus Double Hung windows. Made of double-strength tempered and laminated glass with a .105-inch PVB (polyvinyl butyral) interlayer, the energy-efficient windows are tested to withstand winds up to 146 mph (a strong Category 4 hurricane).
“It’s inevitable that a major hurricane will strike the South Carolina coast sometime in the future,” says Marc Hyman, coowner and builder of Keye Communities, LLC. “However, with the construction techniques and products we’ve used at Ocean Keyes, our residents won’t have to worry about damage to their homes.
“We’ve made certain that the roof, garage door, entry door and windows – which are the most vulnerable parts of any home during a hurricane – all feature top-quality impact-resistant features. Even if a Category 4 hurricane were to blow debris at the Ocean Keyes town homes or villas, the windows would not be penetrated. That means the interior of the home is protected, along with its contents. Knowing that brings tremendous peaceof- mind to our residents.”
Price wise impact-resistant windows cannot be compared apple to apple with standard windows. Premium windows that are tested to withstand a Category 4 hurricane (up to 155 mph) are more expensive (sometimes up to three times the standard window cost) as these windows include more vinyl than standard windows, sturdier hardware, and a thicker insulated glass unit, along with other features that make the windows an impact-resistant product. In addition, when homeowners today install or upgrade to impact-resistant windows they get a cost savings in lower energy bills, better sound transmission, windows that cannot be broken which aids in crime prevention, and some insurance carriers offer lower rates when impact-resistant products are installed.
According to Hyman, “We built Ocean Keyes to withstand even the toughest storms. Having Simonton StormBreaker Plus windows as part of our product mix means we can all sleep easier…even when hurricane-force winds blow outside.”
Ocean Keyes offers a variety of living situations including Beach Villas, Seashore Villas, and Lakeside Townhomes all available in a wide variety of floor plans anywhere from 1,492 square feet to the largest Lakeside Townhome at 3,236 square feet. Pricing for the units starts at the high 200s. For more information on Simonton StormBreaker Plus windows and other Simonton products please visit