Many homeowners 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.
What’s the difference?
The average entry door is generally constructed of thick aluminum and impact layered glass. Many entry doors also include a solid aluminum block where the handle and lock attach for added security. Standard door frames are made of aluminum and glass. While this construction is generally safe, those that live in areas that may be impacted by hurricanes or tropical storms (like Southwest Florida) should consider a higher level of protection. A standard door is going to be sorely tested when the intense winds that accompany a hurricane, start to swirl.
Impact doors, on the other hand, are made of materials that have been tested and approved to withstand the most severe weather conditions. Composed of thick aluminum and impact glass, impact doors have specialized parts cores that will better protect you and your family in the event of a storm. Reinforced hinges and beefed up door frames ensure the door isn’t going anywhere, under any conditions.
What would happen in a hurricane if your door was breached?
A breached door, window, or garage door due to an impact during a hurricane can mean disaster for your home. Once an opening has been made, the high winds, rain, and additional debris entering your home can destroy walls, furnishings, and even send your roof flying off! Securely closed doors can help ensure that your home will still be standing when the storm passes.
Are there any other benefits to installing an impact door?
Florida law states that insurance companies are required to offer discounts and incentives to those that install windstorm mitigation equipment – including impact rated doors and windows. Be sure to contact your insurance agent once you’ve made your upgrade!
Call Weston IW at (954) 505-9933 or fill out a contact form for more details on actual offers. As a family owned and run business, Weston IW takes great pride in a quick response to customers and appreciate the thousands of referrals they’ve received over their 12 years of business. Are you ready to have your windows replaced? Contact us today.