How You Can Be Sure Your Entry Door Is Ready For Hurricane Season

2020 has the busiest hurricane season on record with 21 named storms! This means that Floridians all across the state are going to need to protect their homes from potential impact damage. We’re going to cover a few items so you can be sure your entry doors are ready for what mother nature is sending our way.

Keeping Moisture Out

Even if your home doesn’t suffer impact from flying debris you still may be vulnerable to excess moisture sneaking in. This can lead to warping and damage to your door & doorway, floors and other parts of your home. Additionally, if moisture buildup isn’t taken care of then you can end up with a mold problem, putting your property and your family’s health at risk.

To make sure that you keep moisture out of your home you’ll want to be sure that your door has a bottom sweep and a sill. These components help form a tight seal against wind-driven moisture at the bottom of the door and guide moisture away from your home. The sill pan adds an extra layer of protection to help keep moisture away from the subfloor. If not installed, or installed incorrectly, moisture can pool and leak into your home if gaps are present, which results in a rotted floor and trim.

4 Tests All Good Doors Are Put Through

In the event of a heavy storm with high speed winds, loose debris may be blown about potentially impacting your home. These can be objects such as loose branches, plywood, garbage, lawn chairs and other outdoor furniture, and more. A sturdy and protective entry door should be put through these 4 tests:

Slam Test: The door is opened and closed repeatedly. The slam test is performed to commercial standards (AAMA 920-03), which are stricter than residential requirements, to help ensure long-lasting durability and reliability.

Barrel Roll Test: A heavy object is repeatedly rolled back and forth over the sill. A barrel roll test simulates moving household appliances in and out of the house on a dolly. This test helps ensure the long-lasting durability and reliability of it’s sills.

Salt Fog Immersion Test: Components are immersed in a simulated salt water fog. The salt fog immersion test (ASTM B117-03) simulates a highly corrosive atmosphere to help ensure that components with metal finishes resist corrosion.

QUV Test: Components are subjected to accelerated amounts of UV (ultraviolet) light. A QUV test helps ensure that weathersealing components and components with a colored finish resist deterioration and color fading with exposure to

direct sunlight.

Getting A Quote From An Expert

Making sure that your doors are ready for the next storm is critical to the safety of your family and your property. If you’re unsure that your doors pass the test and can stand up to objects being thrown at them from high-speed winds then contact a representative at Gulfside and we’ll let you know your options so you can put your mind at ease.

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