One of the most prudent steps you could take to safeguard your home from the devastating impact of a hurricane is to install hurricane impact doors on your residential property. This is especially true whether you’re a developer architect, contractor or a member of a condo association. Large, hurricane-resistant properties require the protection of multiple hurricane proofing windows and hurricane impact doors to keep expansive, devastating property damage at bay. In fact, in some areas across South Florida, even homes without a single window or door are required to be built with these types of hurricane-resistant construction features. You should also consider adding these types of hurricane resistance features to rental properties as well. This will help to ensure that your rental property is protected in the event of a hurricane.
These are specially designed doors that open to either side in response to an impact and resist debris and pressure. While they don’t offer any type of insulation or air leaks like traditional sash and window construction, they do provide a strong barrier to protect your home or business against heavy winds and hail. They are typically manufactured out of galvanized steel to ensure that they are long-lasting and withstand the forces of hurricanes.
These strong impact doors use a double curtain system comprised of plastic strips that run between two panes of glass. The first layer of glass is commonly made of PVC, fiberglass or laminate, while the second layer consists of PVC film. The PVC film is often acrylic, but sometimes composite materials are used. This film is sprayed with an adhesive that holds it together, providing you with a lifetime of protection. Many companies offer a 100% money-back guarantee against damage due to wind, hail, water damage and so on. In fact, many impact windows and doors come with a limited warranty against breakage due to impact, while others offer a lifetime warranty.
Another option when it comes to these durable, energy-efficient doors is that they can be installed without any frame, leading to a very sleek appearance. If you have a home that does not already have a great appearance, then an impact glass door is the perfect way to update your home. The only issue with this type of door is that they may cause some slight displacement in the structure of your home’s interior because of the weight of the glass. If your existing doors are aluminum, then this may not be a problem, but if your home is constructed from wood, you will need to consider adding a frame to the home. However, there are many impact doors that come with frames built right into them so that you do not need to make any modifications to your home’s interior.