Each property presents a different set of challenges and requirements when it comes to selecting and installing impact doors. While it is difficult to determine which doors or windows would benefit most from impact installations without surveying the property, you should always consider protecting every entry point to your home.
Why Do I Need Impact Front Doors?
The most cautionary thing to do is to have a specialist look at your particular needs and proceed from there. Hurricanes are unpredictable by nature, so it is impossible to know whether the storm will come with winds from the east, west, north, south, or a combination of these directions. As such, the best option is to protect every single door and window in your house.
If the orientation of a door or window prevents it from receiving direct wind, then you might not need hurricane-level installations at that juncture. One example of this occurrence is for doors or windows located inside a porch enclosed by a wall or another configuration where the entry point avoids any wind. However, even in these cases, it is better to err on the side of caution and install hurricane impact doors and impact windows there as well.
Florida Building Code
Broward and Miami-Dade counties possess intricate construction requirements and strict building codes for hurricane impact doors and windows due to the multitude of devastating hurricanes and storms striking that area historically. Therefore, these fixtures must pass various durability tests to verify their resilience to wind and debris. For example, if your windows are 30 feet or less above ground level, they need to pass a large-missile debris test. The Florida Building Code is especially stringent in coastal areas, requiring impact-resistant windows and doors or hurricane shutters. A recent article found that homes erected in coastal areas after the implementation of the code suffered 64 percent less damage than homes built before the code change.
Hurricane Impact Doors Require Professional Installation
When installing impact front doors, having the right installation company is critical to ensuring the safety of your property and adherence to any building codes. Additionally, sometimes you may have a non-standard window or door size, requiring the creation of a new opening or changing the size of the current aperture. This implementation is not a handyman or do-it-yourself job, as you’re dealing with potential structural issues that are capable of causing severe damage to your property. A professional will know the codes and have the experience, tools, and engineering skills necessary to do the job right from start to finish.
Impact Doors in Miami
ASP Windows and Doors is Miami’s premiere impact window and door specialist. We will gladly survey your property and give you the best possible guidance. We will provide you with a free estimate on what it would cost to protect the entryways into your property, and we will thoroughly answer any questions you may have along the way. Also, we do custom jobs, so do not hesitate if you have a non-standard door or window. Call us at 786-870-4735 for a consultation today, and be sure to visit our project gallery to see examples of our local installations of hurricane-rated impact front doors.