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Many homeowners are replacing their average, “builder’s standard” entry doors with impact doors. Why make the switch? It doesn’t look like there’s anything wrong with your current door.

Under normal conditions, that’s probably the case. But do you trust your door to hold up against the impact of Florida’s unpredictable weather? Read on as we discuss several reasons impact sliding doors are the right choice.

What’s the difference?

The average impact sliding door is generally constructed of thick aluminum and impact layered glass. Many entry doors also include a solid aluminum block where the handle and lock attach for added security. Standard door frames are made of  aluminum and glass. While this construction is generally safe, those that live in areas that may be impacted by hurricanes or tropical storms (like Southwest Florida) should consider a higher level of protection. A standard door is going to be sorely tested when the intense winds that accompany a hurricane, start to swirl.

Impact doors, on the other hand, are made of materials that have been tested and approved to withstand the most severe weather conditions. Composed of thick aluminum and impact glass, impact doors have specialized parts cores that will better protect you and your family in the event of a storm. Reinforced hinges and beefed up door frames ensure the door isn’t going anywhere, under any conditions.

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