These are windows and doors manufactured to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 175 mph and have passed impact projectile tests.
Impact residential front doors are made from fiberglass and aluminum. Heavy-duty aluminum or vinyl frames, hinges, gaskets, aluminum door bottoms, and thresholds hold them in place, and silicone weatherstrips or seals keep out wind and rain.
Our commercial doors are constructed from 9/16”-thick safety glass. They are ADA-compliant, including thresholds. Options include transom windows, push bars, exterior side C-bars, and panic devices. They can also be used as fire doors.
All our doors open outward in compliance with local building codes.
Impact windows are thicker and much heavier than standard double-pane windows and have heavy-duty aluminum frames.
Impact windows and doors are required on all new buildings in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida, except for those specifically exempted, including federal and state-owned buildings. These codes were further strengthened following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.
Impact windows and doors do cost more than their standard counterparts because they are manufactured with heavy-duty materials that cost more. The extra weight also makes them more difficult to install and it takes more time (windows especially have more screws to keep them securely in place). However, we think you’ll be surprised to find they aren’t as expensive as you might think.
Impact-resistant windows are also extremely energy-efficient. The coatings on them block up to 99% of UV rays. The insulation on our doors that keeps out water and wind, keeps out hot air as well. You will definitely see savings on your electric bills.
If you’re in an older building, adding impact doors and windows boosts value immensely.
Florida law requires insurers to provide discounts for residential buildings with impact doors and/or windows, regardless of where they live in the state. Be sure to talk to the experts to review your policy and talk to your insurance company if you’re installing them for the first time!
And finally, we offer financing options through YGrene Energy for up to 100% of your costs.
We think you’ll find just as many styles and colors in impact doors and windows as standard ones — in fact, we think the industry is setting some interesting design trends.
For example, we sell and install doors with window inset designs that are both impact-rated and bay windows. And we can work to customize windows to your specifications, such as this contemporary picture window.
Here are the door and window styles we provide:
- Bifold, that swing or fold outward
- French glass doors
- Outswing entrance doors
- Sliding glass doors
- Garage doors
- Commercial and fire doors
- Casement windows
- Casement fix windows
- Horizontal roller windows
- Projected windows
- Window walls
Windows come in several tinted colors with gray, bronze, and green, the most popular. Frames come in black, white, tan, gray, and faux wood.
Most will last for 25 years, but given the strength of storms in recent years, we recommend that you call for an inspection after 20 years. We can provide this service and give you honest recommendations for repairs or replacement.
You should regularly inspect your doors and windows for things like chips and cracks, and test for drafts, especially after a storm. Look for moisture to see if rain leaked in. Replace items like worn-out weatherstripping. Weatherstripping blocks out air and water and improves insulation.
People who have just installed impact windows and doors notice their soundproofing qualities almost immediately. “I almost forgot I live under the airport path,” one customer recently told us.
These doors and windows also provide better security because they’re practically impossible to break. Doors and all windows within 30 feet of the ground must pass a “large missile test.” It is a test in which two nine-pound 2X4 lumber “missiles” are shot at them from 50 feet per second (34 mph).