If you're getting ready to replace your home’s current entry doors with hurricane impact rated doors, function is important, but that's not the only thing you should consider. Learn how to choose the best impact doors so that your home is well-protected and beautiful at the same time.
Is Fiberglass Or Aluminum Better For Hurricane Impact Doors?
One of the first choices you need to make is whether to choose fiberglass or aluminum entry doors. Both offer different benefits, which means that you need to take a look at your individual home and situation to ensure that you're making the right decision.
Aluminum impact doors require little maintenance and are quite strong. Although they don't rust, it's not uncommon for aluminum to oxidize, especially in our humid climates and the Southwest Florida communities located on the Gulf coast. If you choose aluminum for your hurricane doors, it's important to wipe off the white oxidation residue that can sometimes appear. Ignoring this residue could eventually cause pitting damage to the door.
Fiberglass impact doors are a less expensive option and virtually maintenance free. Also, fiberglass doors are the doors with the most options for decorative glass. Many manufacturers of aluminum doors do not offer decorative glass.
Both fiberglass and aluminum impact doors can provide the beautiful look of wood, without the regular maintenance that wood requires. They can also be painted, which can help update the look of your home without redoing the entire door.
Regardless of what material you choose for your entry door, either one can be fitted with beautiful impact rated glass side panels to let light into the interior of your home.
Which Style For Your Impact Rated Patio Doors?
When you're choosing hurricane impact rated glass doors for your patio, you can choose from classic French doors, sliding doors and even accordion style folding glass doors that can bring the beautiful Florida outdoors directly into your home.
Storm Solutions can open up your home with folding or sliding glass walls, available in several materials and finishes. We can custom design these doors to open any space and help you enjoy unobstructed views. Folding glass walls are folding style doors which fold left, right, or are split down the middle panels to create a unique opening glass wall that is a great fit for patios and enclosed porches.
Regular sliding doors often come with a screened door that can be pulled closed, which is ideal if bugs are an issue or you have pets to keep inside. If you enjoy opening up your home to the outdoors, you can choose sliding glass doors that can open up a whole wall.
French doors provide a more classic and sophisticated appearance that many potential home buyers love. The ROI for whole sliding or folding glass walls often isn't enough to justify the investment. However, impact rated French or sliding glass doors will help to recieve the wind mitigation credit on your homeowner’s insurance and can make your home stand out in the minds of potential buyers.
Why Professional Installation Is Vital For Hurricane Doors
First and foremost, impact rated entry and patio doors are there to protect your home from flying debris and damage. This is why it's vitally important that you choose a qualified contractor to install them. When you choose a professional contractor like Storm Solutions, you'll be able to ask them for advice on which type and style of door is best for your individual home and budget. Additionally, you can make sure that the contractor is experienced in installation and insured so that you and your home are well protected.
If you're interested in learning more about hurricane doors in Southwest Florida, Storm Solutions can help. We serve the Naples/Marco Island and Cape Coral/Fort Myers area and the surrounding cities and can provide a no obligation consultation. Call us today at (239) 288-4430 or visit our website.