Damaging Weather Sweeping through Hawaii

Hurricane

This weekend will bring damaging winds and heavy rain to the coast of Hawaii. As Hurricane Iselle drew near the coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, it was downgraded to a tropical storm. Being the first tropical storm to hit the state in 22 years, Iselle brought only strong winds and a large amount of rain fall. Precautionary methods were taken for impact and citizens prepared themselves for the worst possible outcome. Many flights were closed during the harsh weather and local grocery stores are full of customers looking to stock up on necessities.

These types of storms leave damaging conditions, power outages, and high gusting winds and debris. With 65 mph winds, Iselle lowered itself from a hurricane to a tropical storm. This time of the year can be a tough time for certain parts of the country especially in coastal conditions.

Chem-Pruf has a product specifically designed for the damaging conditions one would find in a Hurricane. Our Hurricane/FBC rated storm doors have received Florida Building Code (FBC), IBC and Texas Dept. of Insurance (TDI) approval for installation in high wind coastal conditions as well as meet or exceed the standards set for large missile impact (ASTM-E1886/1996 missile level D), both positive and negative cycle pressure and wind load. Along with certification for Large missile impact (TAS 201), Uniform static air pressure (TAS 202), and Cycle wind pressure load (TAS 203), our doors will provide years of corrosion-resistant service and will withstand corrosive salt air.

Chem-Pruf fiberglass doors are designed to be installed in the worst atmospheric conditions. From coastal applications to Wastewater Treatment Facilities to Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Facilities, our doors are able to hold up against harsh environments. Rust is never an issue with fiberglass doors. Along with our profound quality, we offer a lifetime guarantee against failure due to corrosion. So if your facility is on the coast or in an area with high wind conditions, check out our Hurricane/FBC rated door.

Storm Rated Door

For more information call us at  800-444-6924.

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Chem-Pruf Fiberglass Hurricane Doors

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.

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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!

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