Impact Doors are also known as “Storm” or “Hurricane” doors. As is the case with windows, Impact Doors have three major benefits. The primary benefit is to protect your home and property from potential storm damage that can be caused by severe weather conditions. Secondly, the Impact Door provides the same protection against home invasion or break-ins. And last but certainly not least, the most popular and immediate benefit we hear about is the 70% reduction in noise from outside sources.
Impact Doors cost substantially more than other hurricane protection options such as shutters and panels. However, Impact Doors have a much longer life and don’t require any maintenance (accordion shutters) or storage space (hurricane panels). Impact Doors are a passive form or hurricane protection as opposed to shutters that must be closed, or panels that require time and effort to stage, hang and attach. Impact Doors allow the natural light to penetrate and allow you to view outside whereas shutters and panels do not. Finally, shutters and panel tracks may detract from the home’s appearance whereas Impact Doors enhance the appearance of the home. Impact Doors are clearly the preferred form of protection.
The most common door types include:
· Sliding glass doors
· Aluminum French doors with non-ornamental glass
· Solid fiberglass doors with different “stamp” designs
· Fiberglass French doors with ornamental glass
· High-end specialty design French doors with simulated wood finish
It should be noted that the term “French door” applies to any door with full glass. That glass can either have or not have an ornamental pattern, or can have “colonial” style with simulated multiple glass sections. In addition to full glass, ornamental glass doors come with ¼ glass, ½ glass or ¾ glass models.
Aluminum French doors can come in almost any size or configuration. Fiberglass door selections are much more limited because there are only three width sizes (30”, 32” and 36” panels and 12” and 14” sidelights). Most models are only available in the 36” panel size.