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Impact Doors Vs. Average Doors: Is There Really A Difference?

While you’ve been considering upgrading your home with impact windows, you’ve likely come across impact doors as well. It’s easy to write them off as a gimmick following the rise in popularity of impact windows, however make no mistake: impact doors offer significant upgrades over the standard door that’s currently installed—especially ones that were installed in South Florida homes constructed during the 90s and early 2000s! Don’t worry, the Eurotech Industries team is here to help break down the differences (and advantages) of Impact Doors with average doors.

Their Construction

The average “Builder’s Standard” door is constructed using two sheet metal panels, with an insulating filler in the middle. The frame itself is typically made from either wood or aluminum, with a wood block for the bolt and handle. Doors in South Florida are designed to open outward, so as to not have heavy winds blow the door inward and expose your family to the elements. While usually safe in other places of the country, high wind speeds and thrown debris during South Florida’s hurricanes & tropical storms can easily destroy standard doors due to their weak construction and poor materials.

Impact doors are built using materials designed and tested to withstand the highest wind speeds and heaviest impacts. They’re built utilizing fiberglass sheeting with wood and composite reinforcements to secure the frame, then filled with a polyurethane foam designed to withstand the worst of the worst. Finished off with highly durable hinges, you can rest knowing that your door will protect you and your family against whatever Mother Nature throws at you.

Protection Against Outside Forces

While impact doors are advertised as the best defense against hurricanes and tropical storms in South Florida, they’re also significantly better in stopping intruders than standard doors. The front door of a home is the number one location where burglars and intruders try to forcibly enter, either through breaking the door down or smashing the glass and opening it from the other side.

That option is completely removed with an impact door. The entire construction stops burglars in their tracks from even attempting to break their way in. Door options such as a french door that utilizes a significant amount of decorative glass is built using the same impact glass that is used in Eurotech impact windows, ensuring that they’re nearly impenetrable. Intruders can try as they might, if a category 4 hurricane can’t break the door down, they definitely won’t.

Don’t rely on a subpar Builder’s Standard door to protect you and your family when you need it most. Instead, make the switch to an impact door by Eurotech Industries. For decades, we’ve had the pleasure of installing our impact doors in homes across South Florida’s tri-county area, and we’re eager to upgrade your door. Contact Eurotech Industries today either online or give us a call at (954) 630-9967.

Commonly Asked Questions About Impact Doors

Here at ETI Windows, we strive to provide our customers with as much information as possible so they can make the best investment decisions for their home. We’ve noticed through the years that many of our clients will have the same questions about their impact doors. While we do our best to outline some of these throughout the site and whenever someone reaches out to us, there are some questions we’d like to highlight to better assist you while making your decision.

What Makes A Door “Impact”?

There’s essentially two core types of doors: normal doors—otherwise known as builder’s standard doors—and impact resistant doors. Normal doors are typically constructed with two pieces of wood and consist of an insulation filler in between. While considered the building standard, they tend to crack, warp and fall apart over time due to the heavy rains and winds of living in South Florida. Standard glass used in doors can be easily damaged by severe winds and debris.

With impact doors, that becomes a worry of the past. Typically, impact doors are made with either an aluminum, steel, or a fiberglass casing with reinforced hinges and hurricane resistant glass. All Eurotech Industries doors are made with a heavy gauge aluminum alloy frame to guarantee maximum strength. This ensures that your doors can withstand whatever the elements may throw at them, even if it may be the toughest of hurricanes.

Am I Trapped To One Style Of Door?

No! While many other impact window door providers typically offer one set style, we provide a multitude of styles that take influence from more modern European styles to both enhance

Just like our windows, we offer a variety of impact doors to match your style. From french doors to Bermuda doors, we’ll have what you’re looking for. Don’t see it? Don’t worry! We also offer custom door options to better suit exactly what you’re looking for.

What Benefits Do I Get With My Impact Door?

Aside from their immediate protection against the devastating impact of heavy storms, impact doors offer a multitude of benefits designed to provide you and your loved ones with peace of mind. Impact doors are designed to withstand large impacts, which means they’re perfect for deterring home invaders. Impact glass doesn’t shatter the same way as normal glass, ensuring nobody will be able to break in easily.

Additionally, insurance providers typically provide credits/discounts back to homeowners who have impact windows & doors installed in their homes.

Impact windows and doors provide an immediate boost to your property’s value. They’re highly sought after in the housing market, making them a high value addition to your home.

Don’t see your question above about impact doors? Contact the Eurotech Windows team today and a representative will be more than happy to assist!

Impact Door Options For Your Home

Making the switch to impact doors is a great way to upgrade your home in a variety of ways. Impact doors offer tremendous protection against heavy storms, home invaders, as well as insulation benefits against heavy noise and harmful UV rays. That said, you don’t have to stick with just one type of door style when you make the switch to an impact door. Here at Eurotech Industries, we offer several different door styles to fit your needs and taste. Some of the most popular options we offer include: 

Impact French Doors

If you’re looking for impact french doors for your home, look no further than Eurotech. Perfect for an entrance or to open up to your backyard, french doors are an elegant addition to any home. They offer significant natural lighting and can create the facade of larger living areas by opening up to a patio or backyard. French doors are also ideal for balconies letting your bedroom flow right into the outside and allowing the cool Florida breeze in.

We offer a variety of hardware options for our impact french doors, including:

  • European-style powder coated handle
  • Three point lock
  • European manufactured hinges  Optional Accessories
  • Extruded snap-on glazing bead
  • Double weather stripping
  • Stainless steel assembly screws – Optional Accessories
  • Double applied colonial muntins
  • Upgraded metal handle in choice of 4 finishes
  • Sidelights
  • Multiple Glass Colors – Clear, Gray, Bronze, Obscure

Sizes offered from a minimum of 48×80 to a maximum of 76×96, however custom sizing is available.

Impact Sliding Glass Doors

Perfect as an entry to your backyard, patio, or courtyard, impact sliding glass doors are a sleek, modern option for your home. Extremely popular in South Florida, sliding glass doors provide the most natural lighting thanks to its large glass panels while still keeping the house cool against Florida’s year-long heat, effectively insulating your home and keeping your energy bill low. Thanks to its large glass area, you’re able to gaze out at the outside world without ever leaving your home. 

Impact sliding glass doors options include: 

  • Multi-point locks
  • European tandem rollers
  • European-style powder coated handle
  • European manufactured hinges Optional Accessories
  • Extruded screen sliding frame with 18 X 14″ fiberglass mesh
  • Extruded snap-on glazing bead
  • Double weather stripping
  • Stainless steel assembly screws – Optional Accessories
  • Double applied colonial muntins
  • Upgraded metal handle in choice of 4 finishes
  • Sidelights
  • Retractable screen
  • Multiple Glass Colors – Clear, Gray, Bronze, Obscure

Sizes offered from a minimum of 48×80 to a maximum of 192×108.

Impact Bermuda Door

A stylish impact door option, impact Bermuda doors are an attractive choice for front doors and balconies. The Bermuda door offers the look of a french door, but with one active door for entry and exit, and an in-active panel that’s able to be opened as well. This keeps the design highly elegant, while still very functional. 

Impact Bermuda door options include: 

  • European-style powder coated handle
  • Three Point Lock
  • European manufactured hinges Optional Accessories
  • Extruded snap-on glazing bead
  • Double weather stripping
  • Stainless steel assembly screws – Optional Accessories
  • Double applied colonial muntins
  • Upgraded metal handle in choice of 4 finishes
  • Sidelights
  • Retractable screen
  • Multiple Glass Colors – Clear, Gray, Bronze, Obscure

Sizes offered from a minimum of 48×80 to a maximum of 74×96.

Whatever style you prefer, Eurotech Industries has the impact door solution for you! Here at Eurotech, we specialize in combining the elegance of European style doors and windows without high costs of importing them directly from Europe. We only use the highest quality metals and materials to ensure you get a finished product that you love and outlasts the competition. Contact us today to learn more about impact door solutions by calling us at (954) 630-0217, or you can contact us directly online and a team member will reach out within 24 hours of your submission!

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