Coastal living isn’t always easy and carefree … especially if you live in Florida.
As most experts relate, there are four vulnerable parts of a home during severe weather: the roof, windows, doors and garage door. Fortunately for Florida residents, impact-resistant garage doors from Haas Door meet state of Florida and Miami/Dade County windload standards and can help protect properties from storms.
“We had 64 garage doors from Haas Door installed for our 72-unit condo community in early 2016 before Hurricane Matthew hit in September of that year,” relates Joe Fanning, treasurer of the Spanish Main Condominium Association in Cocoa Beach, Fl. “Our areas had 70+ mph winds with debris flying around. The garage doors came through perfectly. From our experience we’d select this door product all over again.”
- Anthes Inc. recommended and installed the 5000 Series doors on the Spanish Main condo garages. “The Haas Door products are the only non-steel impact-rated garage door option available in Florida,” says Steve Lenches-Anthes, manager of W. Anthes Inc., servicing Brevard County in Florida. “Their lifetime warranty — even for oceanfront properties — is impressive.
“And, while severe weather is only an occasional problem, salt air is a constant challenge. We live in the second most salt-corrosive environment in the world. Haas Door has the only warranty without a salt fog exclusion. The 5000 Series gives peace-of-mind to homeowners against bad weather and against rust protection.”
The 5000 Series door has an aluminum skin door to prevent rusting, along with stainless steel cables and powder-coated hinges. Full stiles are incorporated into all foamed-in-place doors to provide superior strength.
In Cape Coral, Florida, Mother Nature came calling in a different way in January of 2016: an EF-2 tornado. Estimated by the National Weather Service to have achieved peak wind gusts of 132 mph, the tornado damaged 178 structures.
“A home where we had recently installed a 600 Series door had the first layer riddled with ceramic shingles that had flown in and embedded themselves in the door,” says Wade Helm, president of On Track Doors. “However, once we pulled them out, the door was working and usable. This garage door from Haas Door did so much better than other garage doors on the same street. The quality of the door, thickness of material and engineering of the panels really stood up to that storm.”
Homeowner Rick Koch appreciates the durability of the Haas Door product in protecting the contents of his garage.
“If you could have seen the pieces of tile sticking out of the garage door you’d be amazed,” says Koch. “I had my BMW, tools and other personal items in the garage and none of them were damaged. Between the garage door from Haas Door and my hurricane windows, my house was saved. We had minimal damage compared to my neighbor’s homes that were destroyed.”
Haas Door is located in Wauseon, Ohio, where the company manufactures steel and aluminum residential and commercial garage doors. The family-owned company holds memberships in IDA and DASMA, and produces products that are sold throughout North America. For more information on Haas Door, visit www.HaasDoor.com.