Impact window installation is not like installing an everyday window. Doing so would be the equivalent of putting a moped’s engine on an exotic sports car; it might look the part on the outside, but it would vastly underperform. Impact window installations, particularly custom installations, require specialists to tackle the installation process.
Hurricane Doors and Windows
Let’s start by looking at the difference between hurricane doors and windows versus regular ones. Manufacturers construct hurricane windows out of a shatter-resistant glass on the outside, housing a polyvinyl layer inside. If the outside layer shatters, the next layer will prevent the glass from spreading and entering your home, as the shards stick to it. On the other hand, a regular window offers no protection, as it is a single layer of ordinary glass.
Usually, regular doors contain two steel faces on the outside and a filler of some sort to provide insulation. The frame tends to be either aluminum or wood. This type of door cannot withstand hurricane-force winds, much less debris flying at over a hundred miles per hour.
In comparison, hurricane doors utilize tested and approved materials capable of taking on a storm and resisting the force of impacts resulting from flying debris. The frames generally employ steel and offer more substantial stability, as well as reinforced hinges that will ensure your door will be up to the task. Since impact doors and windows are specialized, you need experts with the right tools to do the installation correctly and in accordance with the current codes in your area.
Using the Right Frame
Without the right frame and hinges, your hurricane door might as well be cardboard for all the protection it would provide. Yes, the door itself might be stable, but what anchors it to the wall would be flimsy and weak, making the entire endeavor pointless.
You wouldn’t trust just any mechanic with your exotic sports car, so why would you allow amateurs to install your impact windows? You need a team of specialists that know their trade well, are insured and certified to do the job and will be able to comply with all regulations and Florida building codes.
Impact Doors Installation Miami
At ASP Windows, we are aware of the fact that a customer that hires us to design, build, and install impact windows may very well be putting their lives in our hands. If a massive storm strikes, and living in Miami sooner or later it always does, the livelihood of our clients depends on how good of a job we do, and we take this responsibility seriously.
If you are ready to take the next step in securing your home, contact our hurricane window installation specialists at APS Windows in Miami. We’ll be delighted to provide you with a free in-home estimate. Reach out to us at 786-870-4735 to get started today!