- October 13, 2017
There is a lot to consider when developing a condominium. Residents look for beauty and safety. Developers need complete product lines, strength, and the peace of mind that their windows and doors will be delivered accurately and on time. At Southwinds, Inc. we provide Condo Hurricane Doors and shutters/windows with your life and your needs in mind.
Condo Hurricane Doors
In addition to guarding homes against wind-borne debris, our products protect homes from UVA damage and noise, all with beautiful designs. All of our condominium-suitable products offer continuous overall protection and meet or exceed AAMA and Miami-Dade requirements, passing the most rigorous wind and impact tests in the industry. In fact, our products lead the industry in Miami-Dade NOA’s
The glass you choose for the outside of your condominium and Condo Hurricane Doors can boost the quality of life within its walls. For that reason, we offer an extensive selection of glass types including insulating glass, laminated glass, and laminated insulating glass. These options contribute to decreased indoor energy usage, as well as lower heating and cooling costs.
Our windows can do much more than beautify. They can also lower your energy bills. From the quality materials we use in frames to the double-pane insulating glass used in assembly, many of our windows and doors are your condominium’s best barrier against wasted energy. Many of our products offer multiple opportunities to achieve ENERGY STAR® ratings for energy performance and save even more. These options include:
- High-performance Low-E to deflect solar heat gain and keep unwanted heat outside your home
- Glass tints that are effective at reducing heat transmitted through your windows
- Argon gas which helps reflect outside heat to regulate the temperatures inside your home
Visit the ENERGY STAR® website to learn more about energy efficiency and how you can save energy and money in your home.
Many counties and cities along Florida’s coast have adopted sea turtle lighting ordinances that restrict the amount of light permitted through windows and Condo Hurricane Doors. The artificial lighting of coastal construction is known to confuse the hatchlings who are guided to the water by the light of the moon. If you live near the coast, consult your dealer to determine the best glass option for your windows and doors.
WIND-BORNE DEBRIS REGION
Living near the coast has benefits; however, if your building is located in a wind-borne debris region, replacement windows and doors must meet the Florida Building Code for glazed opening protection. Florida communities—either coastal or inland—that are located in areas within one mile of the coastal mean high water line (where the wind speed is 130 mph or greater) or any location where the wind speed is 140 mph or greater are designated as wind-borne debris regions by the Florida Building Code.
If a structure resides in any of these areas, it is required by Florida Building Code to have some means of opening protection (for example, impact-resistant windows or doors or shutters that have received a Florida Product Approval). For structures located in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, opening protection must meet additional requirements in order to receive a Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA). The Miami-Dade testing protocol and review process is the most stringent in the nation, and obtaining a Miami-Dade NOA is considered the highest standard for impact-resistant products.
Southwinds, Inc. is a specialty division of Duckworth & Duckworth Contracting, Inc., a South Florida based company established in 1985. Southwinds, Inc. was formed as an elite high-end impact window & Condo Hurricane Doors distributor to service sales and installations primarily in the coastal condo market and secondarily, the single- family residential market. Call us today at (561) 202-9900 to learn more.