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Robert Osborne learned some valuable lessons on Aug. 13, 2004.
The first: Impact-resistant windows perform as advertised in a hurricane.
The second: Impact-resistant windows can only protect you if you're inside the house.
Osborne, an 87-year-old resident of Peace River Shores, off U.S. 17 in Charlotte County, vividly recalls the "terrible" sound of Hurricane Charley as it gnawed at his home of 30 years.
The hurricane picked up a neighbor's metal storage building and hurled it against his house's gable end, damaging the roof. The impact also cracked the glazing of one of his Simonton StormBreaker Plus Windows, which he'd installed a couple years earlier at a total cost of about $7,000.
But, as impact-resistant windows are designed to do, the glazing stayed …