Architects have a hard time walking the thin line between aesthetics and durability. The challenge doubles up when the house is located in a hurricane proof area. The challenge is selecting the impact front doors. In recent times, the impact front doors and windows have become the most vital element of structural stability in beachside localities. However, most house owners are riddled in confusion due to the lack of understanding about the front hurricane resistant doors.
Here are 5 common things that house owners and architects actually ask the manufacturers and dealers before buying the hurricane resistant impact doors, single hung windows, and other coverings as part of storm-proofing.
1. Who approves the hurricane impact front doors?
The doors are certified by industry experts and government regulators before they are ready to sell in the market. Valid documentation has to be produced to earn the certification. Each state in the USA may have its own set of certification procedure. Top impact resistant front doors manufacturers have to seek certification from National Accreditation and Management Institute, Inc. or NAMI, as it is popularly called. NAMI certification is given after thorough inspection and quality assurance protocols are followed.
Before dealing in a hurricane resistant entry doors, check out if the manufacturer is certified by NAMI.
2. How much force can the door sustain?
Hurricane resistant doors are rated depending on the pressure they can sustain per inch of their surface. Only complete and fully assembled doors are actually rated for pressure checks. In order to sustain the storm forces and debris impact, the doors have to be tested in a stimulated condition where they are subjected to winds and projectiles at 160 miles per hour. Doors are subjected to wooden studs flying at 50 feet per second and then subjected to a uniform pressure of 70psf.
3. Do doors actually withstand that kind of pressure?
Yes, they do. However, the stability of hurricane resistant entry doors also depends on the quality of installation and the framing structure. The choice of materials also plays a significant part in deciding if the hurricane resistant doors can actually survive the onslaught of the storm. The top choices for storm-proofing homes in beach localities across the US are vinyl, wood, aluminum and fiberglass.
4. Are doors rated for energy insulation, smoke proof, and draft control as well?
Yes, they are. It is mandatory for the hurricane resistant entry doors to undergo fire testing as well. The fire safety ratings ensure that the smoke and draft don’t leak into other rooms when there is a case of fire. In another case, if there is a fire outside, the hurricane impact front doors and windows can also protect the indoor space from smoke and draft. They are 100% air and water tight.
5. Can I earn Federal Tax credit from US government?
It is possible to earn federal tax credit from the US government only when the house owners install certified door and windows in their property. The assembled doors should meet the building structure codes laid by the local governing bodies.
Before installing impact front doors and single hung windows, consult your architect.