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Wind Load Rated Doors

Hurricane-after.jpgWhen severe weather comes, it’s essential that a structure’s windows and doors be able to withstand high winds and extreme pressure changes, so that the people inside are protected and major damage to the roof, walls, living space, and other property is minimized. Because of its large size (area), the forces acting on the garage door are tremendous, and in the event of the door’s failure, the pressure change within the interior of the garage or structure can cause devastating damage.

The photo on the right is a perfect example of our skill and technical ability when it comes to doors built for severe weather. The photo shows two different buildings following the storm surge after Hurricane Sandy that hit the New Jersey shore in 2012. The doors on the left are a competitor's steel doors. On the right, Designer Doors. Not only did they perform when needed, but they're still beautiful!

Doors that can withstand hurricane-force winds are not needed in every part of the country. But, the demand for high performance windload-rated garage doors continues to escalate in areas prone to damaging winds and storms. We have developed and tested a wide range of Pioneer designs and sizes to meet the needs of wind load codes, from inland tornado-prone areas such as Kansas City to areas affected by coastal storms, such as the Atlantic coast. All doors offered with windload ratings are tested in accordance with nationally recognized protocols and standards.

A door’s ability to withstand high velocity wind events is defined by design pressure, which is measured in pounds per square foot of force acting on the door. Note that wind resistant products must carry a design pressure (d.p.) rating verifiable by a third party.

Model
Number


Design

Maximum
Opening Size

Design
Pressure

Florida Building
Code Number

SW1

Severe Weather 120 Non-impact - Un-Glazed

16' wide x
8' tall*

+34/-42

6399.1

SW2

Severe Weather 120 Non-impact – Glazed, Square

16' 6" wide x 8' tall*

+34/-42

6399.2

SW3

Severe Weather 120 Non-impact – Glazed, Curved

16' 6" wide x 8' tall*

+34/-38

6399.3

IF1

Windload Rated – Pioneer

10' 6" wide x 8' tall*

+30/-35*

6400.1

IF2

Windload Rated – Pioneer

18' wide x
8' tall*

+30/-34*

6400.2

IF3

Windload Rated – Pioneer

18' wide x
8' tall*

+16.9/-20.6

pending

IFW1

Windload Hardware Package – Pioneer Glazed, Square

9' wide x
8' tall*

+34/-42

6401.1

IFW2

Windload Hardware Package – Pioneer

18’ wide x
8’ tall*

+38/-42

6400.3

IFW3

Windload Hardware
Package – Pioneer Glazed, Curved

9’ wide x
8’ tall*

+34/-42

6401.2


* Taller Doors are available as Special Order