Installation of Impact Windows and Doors

Astor Impact Windows has more than 12 years successfully installing impact-resistant windows, doors and storefront systems. We fully apply our expertise and knowledge from our construction company to our window business. Our team is trained and properly insured to perform complex impact-resistant window installations. In addition, we have the equipment and personnel to perform opening alterations, such as reinforcing concrete/steel frames, building new frames or simply reconfiguring existing building structures.


The time it takes to complete a project varies since every job has different characteristics and specifications. However, a typical three-bedroom, two-bathroom house with 16 windows and 4 doors might take between and to 7 business days to complete.


For straight-forward replacements in which no alterations to the openings are required, the extent of the work most probably will involve removing the existing stucco around the perimeter of the window/door (siding), uninstalling the existing security system (done by the client's alarm contractor), putting down blinds (performed by the client), and in some cases, removing the window sills. Typically, existing windows can be pulled out as a unit. In some cases, however, older windows may have to be disassembled piece by piece. Expect a significant amount of dust to be generated as a result of drilling the holes to properly anchor the new windows. Unfortunately, there is no way around the dust issue. Also, it is common practice to remove the exterior stucco if the window is embedded into the stucco. Stucco repair is typically included in the scope of work. If it is, it will be explicitly stated in our proposals and contract.


As a reference, we include below a partial collection of on-the-job videos taken during our installations.

Typical Retrofit Installation of a Single-Family Home
In this video, you can get an idea of what we do and go through when we install impact-resistant windows in a typical single-family home. We first remove the stucco around the perimeter of the windows in order to get to the substrate (or shell) of the opening. By doing do, we can ensure a proper installation that will enable us to water seal the opening.
New Construction Storefront Installation at a Single-Family Residence
To install large-format impact glass units, such us storefront systems, we have two methods: install the units pre-glazed (glazed at the factory before being shipped to our warehouse) or to install the frames first to then install the glass units and perform the glazing at the jobsite. On the video above we are using the second method.
Waterproofing Window and Door Openings in a New Construction Project
In this video, Carlos A. Paesano, owner of Astor Windows and Doors, offers a brief explanation of the methodology that Astor Windows uses to waterproof new construction openings for the proper installation of impact windows and doors in Miami, Florida. We typically use a waterproofing product which we apply on the inside of the entire opening before we install the wood buck (when required by the conditions). This waterproofing product is also applied to the outside wall covering the entire perimeter of the opening expanding out about 4 inches from the opening.
Retrofit Window Installation at a Multi-Story Property
This video shows our mini crawler crane with the sophisticated glass manipulator attachment which has the capabilities to suck and hold the glass units for us to take the units to their final position in the openings.
Retrofit Window Installation at a Multi-Story Property
As you can appreciate from the video, we are committed to safety and professionalism by utilizing sophisticated equipment to install our windows in hard-to-reach areas and under challenging working conditions.


Every window/door installation requires inspection(s) by a building inspector of the corresponding municipality. The inspector makes sure that the windows and doors are installed in accordance with the Florida Building Code and the Notice of Product Acceptance of the windows. Astor Windows and Doors is responsible for coordinating and passing these inspections. An Astor Windows's representative will be at the property waiting for the building inspector.