An impact door is an excellent investment offering Florida homeowners numerous advantages. These benefits include superior protection from severe weather and burglary attempts, improved energy efficiency, noise reduction, and UV ray filtering.
These doors are available in numerous styles, as they are an excellent way to improve both the curb appeal and value of your home. Add it all together, and an impact front door is one of the best investments for any property owner looking to add value and additional protection to their home.
If you've recently purchased an impact door, and have chosen to install it yourself, here is a step-by-step guide to properly adding one to your home.
#1) Remove Interior Molding
One of the first steps in installing an impact door is to remove interior molding from the current door. Using a sharp utility knife is one of the easiest ways to cut through this layer. You can also tap a small pry bar to get under and remove these strips from the door frame.
#2) Measure Opening Width and Height
The next step in the installation process is to measure the opening's width and height. Always double-check your measurements to avoid any costly mistakes.
#3) Measure Jamb Depth
Measuring the jamb depth is essential to ensure that your impact door fits and play a crucial role in the overall security of a door. They are the vertical part of the frame onto which a door is secured, often referred to as the "legs." They hold both the mounting hinges on one side and the strike plate for the latch on the other.
#4) Determine the Door's Inswing or Outswing
A door that opens to the inside is considered to have an inswing while a door that opens to the outside is considered one with an outswing. An outswing door is a smart option, as it gives you additional protection from the high winds of a hurricane.
For residents of Miami-Dade County, construction code requires exterior doors to open with an ousting for all residences in a high-velocity hurricane zone. If you're committed to an insuring for your door, exceptions can be granted if the door has passed projectile impact tests.
#5) Determine Right or Left-Handed Orientation of Door
One of the final steps is to determine if your door hardware will be on the right or left side. The easiest way to make this determination is by standing with your back against the door. A left-hand door will open inward on your left while a right-hand door will open outward on your right.
Choose Alco Windows and Doors For Impact Front Door Installation
Installing an impact front door is a great option for maximum protection against severe weather while also remaining energy efficient. Choosing professionals to install your impact door will save you a lot of time and is guaranteed to be done with the highest level of quality.
Alco Windows and Doors is one of the leading companies in South Florida specializing in the installation of impact doors. Our team of professionals can quickly install your impact front door to ensure that you receive the highest level of protection.
Contact us today to learn more about our impact door installation services and schedule a free consultation!