While the 2013 hurricane season has been fairly quiet, there is still just over a month left before it is “officially” over. While there have been strong hurricanes even into late October, we’re hopeful for ALL of the people in coastal areas that we don’t see any major hurricanes this year.
The benefits of a quiet season are many: increased safety, less need for natural disaster recovery, more dollars for tourism, and so on. However, the lack of strong storms shouldn’t make us complacent. We still need to be prepared for the strong storms that may arise next year.
The Right Door For Hurricanes
From hotels along the beach to public buildings or manufacturing facilities, you can count on Chem-Pruf doors to provide the protection you need. And just why do you need that protection? Simple – doors are a key component of protecting the building envelope!
You may already know that Chem-Pruf doors are the strongest in the industry. In fact, our door plates pass the ASTM E 1886 / 1996 Missile Impact test by themselves. But if you’re building for extremly harsh applications, such as along the coasts where large, strong storms are possible, be sure to specify our Hurricane / FBC Series door (FBC stands for Florida Building Code). In many areas, it’s required by code!
These Storm-Rated Doors have received FBC and Texas Dept. of Insurance (TDI) approval for installation in high wind coastal conditions. Every one of our Storm Door models meet or exceed the standards set for large missile impact (ASTM-E1886/1996 missile level D), and both positive and negative cycle pressure!
How are Chem-Pruf Storm-Rated Doors Stronger?
When it comes to Storm-Rated Doors, it’s the entire door system that matters. Not just the door, but the frame, hinges, hardware, and so forth. Every component has to be strong enough to withstand the harshest weather conditions.
Frame: Our solid, Resin-Transfer Molded frame system is superior to other fiberglass frames – they are so strong, they have 1,000 pounds of screw-holding power! This frame is securely anchored to the building to ensure that your door is firmly connected to the building structure.
Hardware: Next, on our Hurricane / FBC Series doors, the hinge and lockset hardware is upgraded to a stronger version that can withstand the intense, rapidly shifting winds and pressure changes that violent storms can create.
Window: If you need a window for your application, we can provide that as well, by utilizing a special glazing that is rated for hurricanes. This window glazing is 7/16” thick, laminated and impact-resistant, with a 0.090 polyvinyl butyral (PVB) interlayer. This is similar to the safety glass used in automotive applications – the inner PVB layer helps absorb impact and retain glass shards in case of any breakage.
Fire Rating: Finally, we offer storm rated doors that are available with Fire rating certification, which is often required for coastal condominiums and high-rise stairwell applications.
The Right Door for Your Application
Our custom molding capabilities allow us to make a door that fits any unique application where aesthetics are a key priority (such as residential). This means you’ll have a great looking, high performing door that meets your specific code requirements.
However, one of the biggest reasons to choose Chem-Pruf is that they will retain their certifications throughout the life of the door. The minute a metal or wood door begins to rust or rot, it starts to lose its’ structural integrity (and therefore, certification). Why gamble with that headache? In a hurricane or other storm, a building is only as strong as its weakest link. Be sure you have the strongest door possible when it really matters – a Chem-Pruf door!
To see if our tested doors meet your application requirements, you can check out the Florida Building Code website or give us a call at 800.444.6924. If you have additional questions about our storm-rated or other specialty doors, please let us know in the comments or on our social media channels. We’d love to hear from you, and all you have to do is click on the links below!