South Florida homeowners understand the importance of investing in impact doors, given the frequency and impact of the hurricanes and tropical storms we experience. However, with so many options available on the market, you might be confused about what type of impact-rated door is best for protecting your property. One of the highest-quality aluminum doors available to consumers is SIW hurricane impact resistant doors. Here’s all you need to know about SIW Aluminum Doors.
Overview of SIW Windows & Doors
Founded in 2002, SIW Windows and Doors is one of the largest manufacturers of impact windows and doors in South Florida. The company holds approval for a wide range of door styles for both residential and commercial applications, all meeting and exceeding the requirements of today’s High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ) and energy codes.
Types of Doors
SIW Windows & Doors manufactures all kinds of exterior doors, such as bi-fold doors, garage doors, pivot doors, decorative and ornamental entry doors, sliding glass doors, French doors, and even custom entry doors. SIW’s pivoting door is the only aluminum exterior door in the market that is hurricane resistant that meets the Miami-Dade and Florida building codes.
Compared to other aluminum entry doors manufacturers, SIW rates the highest in a variety of factors including aluminum gage, maximum positive wind pressure in pounds per square foot (PSF), largest available size in square footage, and maximum water resistance in PSF.
Composition and Features
SIW doors offer several beneficial features, such as thick-gauge aluminum that prevents dents and provides durability without rotting. There are also different finishes available to meet the preferred look and feel of your property, including bronze, white, anodized, and custom wood grain options. Other features include the addition of locks, providing beauty and security, tint and insulation options for impact glass, and large glass panels for ultimate effect. There are hundreds of combinations available to create a customized look perfect for your design preference and lifestyle.
The typical installation of a SIW aluminum door is seamless as long as you have professionals doing the job. The time it takes to complete a project varies based on the exact characteristics and specifications. For example, if no alterations to the opening are required, the extent of the work generally involves placing protective screens and tarps to protect your property, removing the existing siding from the perimeter of the door, detaching the existing door, installing the new aluminum door, sealing the edges, and then cleaning up. An experienced professional will also have vacuums on hand to extract powder and dust out of the air during the removal of screws to keep the area clean. A door installation that requires resizing or creation of an opening is not as straightforward. It’s recommended that you hire a professional who knows the codes and possesses the engineering skills to do the job right without damaging the integrity of the property. They should also have experienced plaster and stucco artists so that you have a final product that is ready for paint.
Want to Learn More?
ASP Windows has licensed and insured contractors with experience in providing and installing impact aluminum doors. Our showroom in Doral boasts a stunning array of SIW aluminum entry doors available so that you can explore options. Call us at 786-870-4735 today for a free in-home estimate, and we’ll find the aluminum entry door that meets your needs.