Being prepared for harsh weather conditions is necessary if you live in a region prone to hurricanes. When we think about weatherproofing, we visualize boarding up windows and laying high walls of sandbags. If you are looking for a trusted way to safeguard your property, read about weather-resistant windows and patio doors and learn how they can increase the safety of your home.

Which states will benefit most from hurricane-resistant patio doors?

Investing in hurricane-resistant patio doors is a smart move if you live in a state frequently hit by hurricanes and tropical storms. These doors are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of high winds and heavy rains, offering extra protection for your home.

Take Florida, for example. The state’s strict building guidelines mandate that all new homes must include hurricane shutters or approved hurricane-impact windows. So, if you’re a homeowner in Florida, adding hurricane-resistant patio doors to your home is a wise decision, considering the state’s high susceptibility to hurricanes.

The same applies to regions along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts, from Texas to Maine. The International Residential Code (IRC) enforces the use of impact-resistant windows in these hurricane-prone areas. As a homeowner in these regions, installing hurricane-resistant patio doors can significantly enhance the resilience of your home against severe weather conditions.

Remember, even if you live outside these specific regions, your area might still be prone to hurricanes. It’s crucial to check your local building codes, as they may require or recommend hurricane-resistant features.


Choosing hurricane-resistant windows

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), past weather disasters up to 2022 generated a cumulative financial toll of $1 billion. Instead of thinking about weatherproofing as taller walls made of sandbags, think about more durable solutions.

Hurricane-grade windows and patio doors must undergo a rigorous design pressure test and withstand dangerous storm conditions. The result of this testing is a DP metric found on the technical specification of a patio door system. It is essential to understand that the DP rating is roughly equivalent to one hurricane level. So, for instance, a DP rating of 20 should withstand a category two hurricane, and a DP rating of 40 should withstand a category four hurricane.

Our windows are hurricane rated. Glass panels used in our windows are thoroughly tested and specially treated to be less likely to shatter or break loose from the window frame in the event of a hurricane or violent windstorm. Let’s take our modern window line – OKNOPLAST PIXEL, which has High-Velocity Hurricane Zones certification [HVHZ] that stands for the typical building code in Florida. This window has a 6-chamber profile and bent-steel reinforcement to ensure a stable structure and withstand up to category five hurricane – a perfect solution for contemporary homes in hurricane-prone regions like Florida.

More features of contemporary window systems

We understand that modern windows are more than just a view; they blend technology and design that provides homeowners with safety, thermal efficiency, and sound protection. The PIXEL system is a prime example of this, combining these essential features in a sleek, modern design.

PIXEL window system has multiple internal locking points, earning an RC2 security grade. This means it is a formidable barrier against intrusion, providing you peace of mind.

Thermal efficiency is another key feature of our PIXEL system. With a low U-factor ranging from 0.16 to 0.29, our windows are an ideal solution for energy-efficient homes that require high levels of thermal performance and airtightness. This efficiency not only helps to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature but also contributes to lower energy bills.

But we didn’t stop at thermal efficiency. Our PIXEL system also offers impressive sound protection, with a sound transmission class of STC = 32–46 and OITC 26-39. This means our windows can significantly reduce outdoor noise, creating a quieter, more peaceful indoor environment.

All these features are wrapped up in a modern design that offers an expansive view of the outdoors. You can learn more about this window system from video presentation of our expert – Cody

Let’s talk about hurricane resistance certification for patio doors and windows

Like windows, patio doors can be a vulnerability or defense during a hurricane or another extreme weather event. The differentiating factor? Impact glass. In the vast landscape of the USA, certifications hold immense importance. As a homeowner, it’s crucial to dive into the world of certifications when searching for that perfect system. These are not just stamps of approval but assurances of safety, quality, and durability.

Most important certifications for homeowners depending on a region:

  • Florida Building Code (FBC) – mandatory for all new construction projects in the state.
  • Miami-Dade County Certification is one of the strictest building codes in the country, a true testament to the door’s ability to withstand the harshest weather conditions.
  • International Building Code (IBC) certification – recognized internationally and is a mark of high-quality construction.
  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) certification ensures that patio doors meet specific performance standards, including impact resistance, water penetration, and air infiltration.

Learn more about modern windows from other articles on our blog, or schedule a personal consultation with one of our experts.

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