South Florida Building Challenges
BEAUTIFUL DOORS THAT WILL STAND UP TO WEATHER ... AND CODES
For nearly 15 years, Designer Doors has been building beautiful wood doors that meet the most rigorous wind load requirements in the country – south Florida. Now, more states and municipalities from California to the Midwest, south to the Gulf and east to the Atlantic are including wind load requirements for garage doors in their building codes. We stay abreast of developments and help architects, builders, engineers and homeowners achieve their design dreams while they meet (or exceed) code. For both residential and commercial projects, Designer Doors has a history of providing great wood doors that stand up to punishing weather. Nowhere has that been tested more than on both Florida's Atlantic Coast and its Gulf Coast.
BOCA GRANDE, FLORIDA: THE FIRE STATION AND HURRICANE CHARLEY
For residents of Florida's west coast, Hurricane Charley was one for the books. In 2004, the hurricane hit the area directly, causing billions of dollars in damage. Yet, one building stood strong: the Boca Grande Public Safety Building. With its massive wood doors – tall enough for fire trucks – it was the true test of Florida's new building codes and Designer Doors' ability to build beautiful wood doors that stand up to weather.
In May 2004, Boca Grande's new Public Safety building opened, housing the community's fire, police and emergency medical services. The building's design called for five huge wood garage doors measuring 12 ft x 14 ft high. Designer Doors was the only source for custom wood garage doors of that size that could meet Florida's strict new building codes.
Designer Doors engineers made sure the doors would withstand +48/-55 p.s.f. called for by the code at the time and remain fully functional for emergencies. A few weeks later, Hurricane Charley put those calculations to the test.
NATURE'S TEST CHAMBER
The building was directly in the eye of the storm, punished by 150 mph winds. It provided a safe refuge for community members and rescue personnel. While the roof leaked a little, the rest of the building, including the massive wood doors, stood strong.
For Designer Doors' engineers and craftsmen, it was gratifying to know their doors performed well and met the challenge when it really counted. The doors continue to contribute to the charm of the building's architecture, what one local columnist described as "beautiful wood doors reminiscent of a 50s fire station in small town America."
MIAMI, FLORIDA: ELEGANT, STORM-READY DOORS WITH CURB APPEAL
Built in wood and accented with gracefully-arched, paned windows, these doors provide a charming accent for an island-inspired home in Miami. While they offer a unique design element to this home, they offer something even more important: protection from the brutal weather of Florida's storm-prone coastal area. They're also engineered and built to handle the Miami Dade County Building Code – arguably the most rigorous in the country.
Chino Cosculluela of Contemporary Builders in Coral Gables, Florida, discovered Designer Doors more than 10 years ago. "I was at Rosemary Beach and saw a beautiful wood garage door I knew my customers would love. It had been built by Designer Doors. Once I found the company, I've never wanted to use anything else." In fact, Chino likes the doors so much that he used them on his own home.
Contemporary Builders has a reputation for building very special homes. They're one of the few builders in the Miami area who build the Georgian and Colonial style homes more often associated with the Carolinas. In addition, they build Key West style homes and those with a distinctive Island Colonial inspiration.