Many Southwest Floridians are replacing their average, “builder’s standard” entry doors with impact doors. Why make the switch? It doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with your current door.
Under normal conditions, that’s probably the case. But do you trust your door to hold up against the impact of Southwest Florida’s unpredictable weather? Read on as we discuss several reasons impact doors are the right choice.
What’s the difference?
The average entry door is generally constructed of two steel facings (skins) and an insulating filler. Many entry doors also include a solid wood block where the handle and lock attach for added security. Standard door frames are made of wood or aluminum. While this construction is generally safe, those that live in areas that may be impacted by hurricanes or tropical storms (like Southwest Florida) should consider a higher level of protection. A standard door is going to be sorely tested when the intense winds, that accompany a hurricane, start to swirl.
Impact doors, on the other hand, are made of materials that have been tested and approved to withstand the most severe weather conditions. Composed of thick, fiberglass skins with wood and composite reinforcements, impact doors have specialized polyurethane foam cores that will better protect you and your family in the event of a storm. Reinforced hinges and beefed up door frames ensure the door isn’t going anywhere, under any conditions.
What can an impact door withstand?
Storm Solutions offers doors that can pass the most rigorous of wind and impact tests, conforming to the strictest of Florida building codes. Brands like CGI and ThermaTru test their impact doors with the worst-case scenario in mind – launching a 9lb 2x4 building stud at the door at 35mph! A builder-grade door can’t keep projectiles at bay.
What would happen in a hurricane if your door was breached?
A breached door, window, or garage door due to an impact during a hurricane can mean disaster for your home. Once an opening has been made, the high winds, rain, and additional debris entering your home can destroy walls, furnishings, and even send your roof flying off! Securely closed doors can help ensure that your home will still be standing when the storm passes.
Are impact doors safer against home invasion?
The main way that criminals find their way into homes is by forcing open a front or back door or breaking the decorative glass on a door that may be close enough to the handle to open easily.
An impact door is specifically designed to resist heavy blows and stay intact even when heavy objects are hurled at it. Decorative glass insets on impact rated doors are made of specialty glass that will also take a heavy impact without yielding. These factors make impact doors the best choice for both safety from storms as well as protection from potential intruders.
Are there any other benefits to installing an impact door?
Florida law states that insurance companies are required to offer discounts and incentives to those that install windstorm mitigation equipment – including impact rated doors and windows. Be sure to contact your insurance agent once you’ve made your upgrade!
Ready to upgrade your entry door to an impact door? Storm Solutions offers an endless variety of styles and colors, with and without decorative glass. Contact us today to learn more!