Windstorm Solutions

Windstorm building codes require reinforcement of structural components to protect against hurricanes. One of the more critical components that builders must pay attention to are exterior door openings. Specially designed and constructed door and hardware assemblies enhance building performance during powerful windstorm events.

Each component—the door, locking device, hinges—of a door opening assembly works together to provide protection, but testing reveals the hardware is most critical to structural integrity. A vast majority of failure that occurs in the test lab is a result of latch point failure. Either the latch comes out of the strike or there is a reinforcement failure.

Using the correct hardware along with a windstorm certified door is a must for the opening to remain intact during a sever windstorm event. For this reason, it’s important to carefully inspect each opening to ensure the correct specified hardware is on the door.