The Process of Installing Exterior Hurricane-Resistant Doors
Like impact windows, impact doors are much heavier than the standard entry or exterior door. Residential front doors are made from fiberglass and wood and reinforced with composite materials including polyurethane foam. Hurricane-resistant doors are held in place with heavy-duty aluminum or vinyl frames, hinges, gaskets, aluminum thresholds. Neoprene seals or silicone weatherstrips keep the rain out.
The windows fixed in them are just as strong, as it’s the same missile-tested glass we also use for glass doors such as sliding doors and French doors. Both are popular options for patio entrances.
Installing a door is a lot harder than installing a window, especially with the additional weight of an impact door. Just like windows, impact doors must be installed exactly to manufacturer standards to get the expected performance and protection. That is why you should consider hiring a professional to get the job done properly.