Jan16

How Therma-Tru Doors Keep Water Out

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Water Infiltration Tested Impact Doors

How Therma-Tru Doors Keep Water Out

Much like the three little pigs, Floridians spend their time and resources protecting their home from the big, bad storms.  But with all of the concern over the huffing and puffing of the wind, many homeowners don’t stop to think about how they will protect their home from water damage caused by storms.

For an impact door to become HVHZ (High-Velocity Hurricane Zone) approved it must pass a series of tests that include a missile test, cyclical test, and water infiltration.  Companies such as Therma-Tru test put their products through a simulated rainstorm to ensure that the door, frame, sill, weather stripping, hardware, etc., do not allow water to seep in.

Water infiltration testing is conducted in a certified test laboratory and involves spraying water across the outside face from a calibrated spray rack.  The test is designed to simulate storm conditions to verify that the door repels wind-driven rain.  

 

Check out this video from the Therma-Tru factory.

Jan13

What is Kynar and what are its benefits?

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Should I use Kynar?

What is Kynar and what are its benefits?

What is Kynar? 

Kynar and Kynar 500 are the trade names for PVDF (polyvinylidene fluoride), a resin-based paint/coating used to prevent aluminum, galvanized steel, and aluminized steel from chalking, pitting, chipping, and premature aging.  Its unique composition can withstand blistering sun, humidity, urban grime, acid rain, corrosive salt, and abrasion while maintaining a vibrant color.  Additionally, Kynar low maintenance.  It is resistant to mildew and fungus and easily repels dirt.  Because of this Kynar is a popular choice amongst architects and builders.  In residential communities, Kynar is often used by homeowners living near the coast who have aluminum frame impact windows and doors.

Kynar sold under comes in a variety of colors and is factory applied to the aluminum frames then oven baked.  The most common colors used to impact window and door frames are white and bronze, however, CGI offers custom colors for their Estate collection.

Jan10

Blinds Between Impact Glass

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Energy Efficient and Convenient

Blinds Between Impact Glass

Blinds offer homeowners privacy and the ability to shut out light but can be a nuisance to clean and are prone to be damaged by small children and pets.  Impact glass companies RSL and ODL have come up with an innovative solution by sealing functioning blinds between two panels of glass.  Both companies’ glass inserts are compatible with popular impact fiberglass door brands Plastpro and Therma-Tru.

Blinds between impact glass inserts are easy to use.  To open, simply tilt the blinds into the open position using the smaller operator at the top of the track, then lower the larger operator in a smooth and steady motion to the bottom of the track.  Blinds between impact glass inserts also come in many sizes.  Homeowners can choose full-length, three-quarters, or half-length for standard size doors and side lights.  The thermally sealed impact glass helps energy savings by reducing heat loss in the winter and solar heat gain in the summer and is also available with Low-E glass.  Imagine never having to dust your window blinds again!  And because there are no exposed cords, they are child and pet-friendly.

Jan04

CGI 3 point locking system

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CGI 3 point locking system

It’s no secret that CGI (owned by PGT) makes quality impact resistant windows and doors.  In fact, they’re some of the strongest products on the market!  CGI also holds three separate patents for the components they use in their impact-resistant windows and doors.   Their Estate Collection Impact Entry Doors use solid brass or solid stainless steel hinges, but our favorite feature is their patented three-point locking system.  A simple turn of the key simultaneously slides deadbolts into the top, bottom, and center of the door, securely locking it into place.  The patented CGI three-point locking system is commonly used with their French doors and entry doors.

Dec30

Happy New Year from Atlantic Armor

Here is to a prosperous 2017!

Happy New Year from Atlantic Armor

As 2016 comes to an end, we would like to take the opportunity to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the New Year!  One of the greatest joys of this season is to take the time to reflect upon the good things we have.  We have a lot to be grateful for.  Despite an active 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season, South Florida managed to sustain minimal damage.  Though we may have dodged a bullet with Hurricane Matthew, it is important to keep in mind that hurricanes are always a threat in South Florida.

We would like to start off 2017 by inviting you to visit our showroom located at 7080 W State Road 84, Ste. 4, Davie, FL. 33317.  Our impact door and impact window experts are here to help and meet all of your impact windows and impact doors needs.  Atlantic Armor has been in business since 2004 and is rated “A” on Angie’s List and “A+” on the Better Business Bureau.  

Dec15

Impact Window and Door Friendly Winter Decorations

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How to decorate impact windows and doors without ruining them

Ah, winter! The season of lights.  Throughout the country, homeowners decorate their home and hang lights.  However, here in the hurricane zone homeowners with impact windows and doors are unsure whether or not they can safely hang decorations without damaging their investment.  Though it is probable that most commercially available decorations are safe, we always recommend checking with the manufacturer first.  The good news is there are many ways for homeowners to decorate their homes, including their impact windows and doors, without having to hang anything on them!  Check out our favorite impact window and door friendly winter decorations:

 Use an inexpensive tension rod to hang ornaments and lights behind your window to create a festive display.  

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Alternatively, drape festive garland and lights around the windows and doors.  

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Fill flower boxes and dry fountains with ornaments.

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Decorative planters.

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Dec14

What is Low E and how does it work?

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How Low E benefits homeowners in hot climates.

What is Low E and how does it work?

Impact glass tints come in a variety of colors and opacity levels.  The main purpose of tint is to provide homeowners privacy and/or reduce the amount of light that enters through the glass.  The use of tint will help keep a home cooler as the tint absorbs heat, but regular tint has its limitations.  When it comes to energy-efficient there is one tint stands apart from the others – Low E. 

But what is Low E? 

Low E is a microscopically thin, highly reflective coating that reflects long-wave infrared energy (aka heat waves) and ultraviolet waves.  In layman’s terms, Low E blocks the heat waves while allowing the light waves to shine through, making it a popular choice for homeowners in hot, sunny climates.  The Low E coating is applied to laminated glass during the manufacturing process and can be used alone or combined with another tint, as well as with insulated glass. 

Using Low E helps with energy efficiency by allowing HVAC systems (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) to work less to maintain a constant temperature.  Additionally, Low E helps reduce the amount of UV rays entering a home, which helps to prevent furniture and fabrics from fading.  Due to the reflective nature of Low E, homeowners also enjoy added privacy during the day as the exterior of the glass has a slight mirror finish.

 See Low E in action: 

 

Dec08

Are insulated impact windows right for me?

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What are insulated impact glass windows?

Are insulated impact windows right for me?

With all of the options available for retrofitting a home with impact windows it can be overwhelming for homeowners to narrow down their options.  In addition to choosing frame materials, window tint, and styles, homeowners also must choose whether or not they want insulated glass.  While insulated glass is popular in northern climates, many homeowners in south Florida wonder whether or not they will benefit from insulated glass. 

What are insulated impact glass windows?

Insulated impact glass windows, also known as double-paned windows, consists of two separate panes of glass, one impact resistant, and the other non-impact, with a gas-filled space in between.  Both panes of glass, along with the gas are sealed within the frame. The gas filled space serves as an insulator between the temperature difference that exists between the inside and the outside.

So do homeowners benefit from insulated impact glass windows?  The answer lies within the location of the home.  In general, homeowners in colder climates will benefit from installing insulated impact windows, whereas homeowners in predominantly warm climates would benefit more from using LoE tint.

Pros:

  • Energy efficient (cold climates) – Homeowners will see increased savings on their energy bills thanks to reduced heat transfer.
  • Noise reduction – Impact glass by nature reduces external noise pollution due to the thickness of laminate glass.  The added secondary glass pane further assists in quieting outside sounds.
  • Style variety – Insulated impact windows offer the same variety of styles and frame materials as non-insulated impact windows.

Cons:

  • Condensation – Energy-efficient designs and weather-stripping keep cold air outside, but they also keep warm, moist air inside.  Condensation is formed when warm moist air comes in contact with cooler dry air.  Occasionally, insulated windows may form condensation in between the panes of glass.
  • Sacrifice glass – While the layer of glass placed facing the interior of a home is laminate impact glass, the exterior face pane of glass is not.  This means that the exterior glass is susceptible to breaking and if hit with an object the exterior pane will shatter.
  • Price – On average, insulated impact windows are at least 15-20% more expensive than non-insulated impact windows.  Depending on the size of the window the difference in price can increase.
Dec07

Could You Benefit from Impact Windows?

Categories // Impact Resistant Windows

Protection, Financial Savings, and Value.

Could You Benefit from Impact Windows?

Have you been considering retrofitting your home with impacts windows but are unsure if they are right for you?  If you feel as though you would enjoy any of the listed benefits below then impact windows may be the right choice for you.

Hurricane protection:

Non-impact resistant glass cannot stand up to hurricane force winds.  For homeowners living in HVHZ (High-Velocity Hurricane Zone) hurricane protection is especially important.  Retrofitting a home with impact resistant windows will provide protection and peace of mind.

Home protection:

Due to the strength of impact glass, impact windows are helpful in deterring home break-ins.  With shatter-resistant glass and tightly sealed locking mechanisms, impact windows are significantly more secure than non-impact windows. 

Comfort:

Laminated impact glass is comprised of three layers of glass and flexible, shatter-resistant membrane, making each pane of glass thick (between 5/16th and 9/16th).  The thickness of the glass helps reduce outside noise and filters UV rays, giving homeowners a sense of quiet comfort.

 

Energy-efficiency:

Impact windows are designed to seal tightly when closed to prevent water infiltration from storms.  This design also keeps energy from escaping the home, reducing the energy needed for an HVAC system to maintain temperatures.  The better a home is able to maintain a constant temperature, the better the savings for the homeowner.

 

Increase home’s value:

Replacing a home’s windows can significantly increase property value.  As an investment, impact windows have a proven ROI and are an excellent selling point for prospective buyers. 

Dec01

Benefits of Window Tint

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Is it worth it?

Benefits of Window Tint

When retrofitting your home with impact windows and doors it is important to know that impact glass cannot be tinted using aftermarket tint.  Placing tinted film on impact glass can retain heat, causing it to crack, as well as voiding the warranty.  Impacted glass consists of two layers of annealed or tempered glass bonded to an intermediate layer of a shatter-proof membrane.  If a homeowner has chosen to tint his or her impact windows a tinted layer is added to the center during the manufacturing process.

Increased Energy Efficiency:

Tinting your windows reduces the heat and UV transfer, which translates into lower energy bills.  This also helps keep rooms climate controlled and comfortable. 

Protection from Fading:

While window treatments, i.e. curtains, blinds, etc., are the best protection from UV rays, tint helps filter UV rays, protecting furniture, flooring, and carpets from fading.

Glare Reduction:

As the sunlight shines in your home is can cause glare on electronics and a variety of surface.  Much like how sunglasses work when outdoors, tinted impact glass helps cut glare inside your home.

Privacy:

Tinted impact glass comes in a variety of colors and levels of reflectivity.  Homeowners can appreciate an unobstructed view of the outdoors while enjoying added privacy.

Nov21

How to Choose Front Door Impact Glass Inserts

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So many options!

How to Choose Front Door Impact Glass Inserts

Impact glass door inserts are a popular choice among homeowners interested in adding elegance and natural lighting to their home while maintaining security and energy efficiency.  Manufacturers such as RSL and ODL make impact glass door inserts that meet Florida HVHZ (high-velocity hurricane zone) requirements in a variety of styles and privacy levels.  When choosing impact glass door inserts, homeowners should take design, privacy, security, and energy efficiency into consideration. 

The most common design options for impact glass door inserts are decorative glass, which includes textured/beveled/Baroque/stained, clear glass, caming, or any combination of the aforementioned.

Textured Glass:

Textured glass is characterized by a distinct pattern that is impressed on the surface of the insert.  Textured glass offers a happy medium between clear and opaque, and has an average privacy rating.

Beveled Glass:

Beveled glass is made by taking thick glass and creating an angled surface cut (bevel) around the entire edge. Bevels refract light as it shines through, creating a color prism.  With the exception of the cut edges, beveled glass remains smooth and clear, giving it a relatively low privacy rating.

Baroque Glass:

Baroque glass is manufactured to look like hand-blown glass.  It tends to have bold, swirling patterns and color contrasts.  Since Baroque glass is [deliberately] distorted it has a moderate privacy level.

Stained Glass:

Stained glass offers more privacy as it can be either transparent (cathedral glass) or opaque (opalescent).  Stained glass can be used to accent a clear decorative window or used for the entire window.

Clear Glass:

Clear glass is exactly what it sounds like – clear glass.  While it allows the most natural light to shine through, it also has the lowest privacy rating.  Some homeowners opt to have their clear glass frosted to provide additional privacy.

Caming:

Caming refers to the metal (zinc, brass, nickel) that binds the door glass elements together, however, several manufacturers offers Crystal Caming or “Clear Caming”. 

Nov17

IMPACT SLIDING DOORS VS IMPACT FRENCH DOORS

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WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

IMPACT SLIDING DOORS VS IMPACT FRENCH DOORS

Patio renovations are an extremely popular choice for homeowners as they offer both immediate value and future resale value.  Choosing impact-resistant patio doors to complement a patio renovation may leave some homeowners wondering which door bests suits his or her lifestyle.

Impact Sliding Glass Doors:

Impact sliding glass doors are framed panes of glass that open by rolling along tracks.  Up to 8 panes of glass can be placed on a multiple track configuration, creating relatively unobstructed views and allowing for multiple open access points.  The sliding function of the impact glass panes also saves space; unlike hinged doors, impact sliding glass doors do slide open rather than swinging open.  This is an ideal solution for small patio spaces.  However, impact sliding glass doors have limited options when it comes to glass; with the exception of tint and muntins (decorative grids), impact sliding glass doors cannot be etched and do not offer decorative glass features.

Impact French Doors:

Impact French doors are traditional hinged doors that swing open and utilize a turn handle.  Known for their beauty, impact French doors add charm and complement a variety of architectural styles.  They can be used to fit any size space as they are not limited to tracks.  Unlike impact sliding glass doors, impact French doors offer homeowners a variety of customizations options.  In addition to tint and muntins (decorative grids), homeowners can opt for decorative glass inserts such as RSL or ODL.  Impact French doors tend to be more expensive than impact sliding glass doors, costing approximately 30%-40% more on average.

Security:

In the past impact French doors were considered to be more secure than impact sliding glass door.  Present day impact sliding glass door manufacturers have solved this issue by introducing multiple point locking systems.  Both impact sliding glass doors and impact French doors now feature multiple point locking systems and because they are made with impact glass they are more secure than their non-impact counterparts.

Maintenance:

Regardless if a homeowner chooses impact sliding glass doors or impact French doors, homeowners will have to perform regular maintenance.  All moving parts will need to be lubricated from time to time.  Luckily, the majority of maintenance will mostly pertain to cleaning with soap and water.

Materials:

Both impact sliding glass doors and impact French doors come in aluminum and vinyl options.  For more information on vinyl versus aluminum please click this link.

Nov15

How Impact Glass Is Tested

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Missiles and Wind Pressure

How Impact Glass Is Tested

Miami-Dade County has the strictest code approval requirements in the United States.  In order for impact-resistant windows to be approved by Miami-Dade, the windows must be vigorously tested to ensure they meet all requirements.  Two main tests conducted by manufacturers are the Missile Test and the Cyclical Test.

The Missile Test determines the glass’s ability to withstand impact.  This does NOT mean that impact glass will not break, it simply means the window will remain intact and stay in its frame.  Windows and glass doors that have been proven to resist the hurricane impact testing from large windborne debris are referred to as impact rated products. To test the glass’s strength a 9-pound, 2x4 piece of lumber, traveling 50ft-per-second is launched at the glass – twice.  The lumber is considered a “large missile”.  To test for ratings for “small missiles” ten 2g (gram) steel balls are simultaneously launched at 89mph, three separate times.

The Cyclical Test determines if glass meets pressure requirements for storm-force winds.  Following the Missile Test, the glass is placed in a pressure simulator where positive and negative pressure flexes the glass pane for 4,500+ cycles.  The results determine the pressure rating for the impact glass.  

 

Nov07

Impact Entry Doors

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How to select an entrance door

Impact Entry Doors

As another hurricane season coming to an end, many Floridians breathe a sigh of relief.  With recent late season hurricane activity fresh in their minds, many Florida residents are looking into their options to protect their homes from future storms.  November’s cooler, dryer weather makes this time of the year ideal to retrofit homes with impact windows and doors.  While retrofitting an entire home with impact windows and doors provides security and convenience, it can also be costly.  A cost-efficient alternative is to start with replacing your front door.

Much like traditional doors, hurricane impact doors come in a variety of sizes, styles, and materials.  Homeowners interested in replacing their entry door with an impact door should take into consideration the amount of maintenance and cost associated with the material they choose.

Fiberglass:

Fiberglass impact doors are the most cost-efficient option available.  They are available in either a smooth or textured finish and can be painted or stained to match a home’s décor.  Fiberglass doors require minimal maintenance, however, they will need to be painted regularly to maintain the desired look.  One drawback is fiberglass doors have limitations on their size and configurations.

Aluminum:

Aluminum impact doors are available in more sizes and configurations than their fiberglass counterparts but tend to be more expensive.  When selecting an aluminum impact door it is important that a homeowner is aware that aluminum impact doors cannot be painted.  A powder coat paint is applied and baked on at the factory.  One finished, an aluminum impact door does not need to be repainted.  Maintenance is also minimal, although homeowners near the coast may need to engage in more frequent cleanings.

Impact Glass:

Both fiberglass and aluminum offer designs with impact resistant glass inserts, allowing homeowners natural light.  Homeowners can choose from small glass windows all the way to full-length inserts.  Impact glass is made from two sheets of glass bonded together with a protective interlayer.  Tint and designs allow homeowners to choose their preferred level of privacy.

Nov02

Thermally broken aluminum impact windows and doors

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Now you can have it all!

Thermally broken aluminum impact windows and doors

Aluminum frames have long been a popular choice among homeowners due to their strength and relatively low level of maintenance but left many wishing they had more options regarding energy efficiency.  Now homeowners can have both strength and energy efficiency thanks to thermally broken aluminum.

Thermally broken aluminum has been on the market for several years and is gaining popularity.  Thermally broken windows are manufactured with a barrier in between the inside and outside window frames to prevent heat transfer, making them energy efficient.  The two main processes of creating thermally broken aluminum are 1) thermal bar and 2) pour and debridge.  The thermal bar method consists of placing a strip of polyamide in the cavity of the window frame and tightly sealing it, the pour and debridge method consists of pouring liquid polyurethane in the window frame cavity.

While manufacturers are catching onto the energy efficiency craze and creating products to satisfy the demand, Windoor Inc. has long been ahead of the curve.  Atlantic Armor is an authorized Windoor Inc. dealer and showcases Windoor Inc. products in its showroom.

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