You’re on the hunt for a hurricane door and aren’t sure where to start. We understand impact door shopping can be overwhelming, as there’s a lot to consider.
When a hurricane strikes, high winds, rain and debris can enter your home—or business— through a number of ways. Sometimes, they barrel right through your front door! Once an opening like this is made, your space is left exposed, destroying your possessions and threatening the safety of your family or employees.
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.
We’d venture to say that there’s nowhere better to be than Southwest Florida when Old Man Winter takes its toll on our friends in the north. We’re lucky to have sunshine for the majority of the year, and our winter is very temperate. In fact, it’s so appealing that our population swells with “snowbirds,” or seniors who flee the cold for our warm sunshine, as well as vacationers eager to see the sun after months of cold.
We talk about the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew quite a bit on this blog, but that’s because it taught us so much about hurricane protection. After the winds of Andrew settled, the people of south Florida were left to pick up 26 billions dollars worth of damage.
For a few tense days, Hurricane Matthew had its sights set on southwest Florida. The forecast sent many homeowners into a panic wondering whether or not their home would be protected. As they scrambled to determine whether or not their windows were hurricane resistant or bolt-up their storm shutters, many never thought about Impact Rated Doors.
If you’ve ever spent a summertime in southwest Florida, you know a thunderstorm can pour down inches of rain in just a matter of minutes. Even though you never want to sacrifice the picturesque views provided by your sliding glass doors, heavy rainfall and strong winds can pose serious water intrusion problems. Implement the following solutions to prevent costly water damage due to poorly sealed sliding glass doors.
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.
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.