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Wellington, FL, May 2004

Hurricane-rated Honduran Mahogany windows and entry doors

Hurricanes, classified into five categories, can range from 75 MPH to over 155 MPH, with storm surges from a couple of feet to over 20 feet high. If the wind breaks through a home’s windows and doors, it creates interior forces that want to push the roof off the walls – and the walls over. Thus, the windows and doors must be strong enough to withstand both hurricane forces and the resulting impact from flying debris. Storm panels, shutters and plywood can be cumbersome, unsightly and difficult to install.

In the wake of Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the State of Florida adopted some of the toughest building codes in the U.S., with requirements including minimum design pressure (DP) ratings. Those ratings were updated in 2002 to adopt the national window protection standard developed by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE 7-98). Borano windows and entry doors are made from furniture-quality Honduran mahogany, with door jambs, cut to a generous 1-3/4”

thickness. Borano hand-crafts each door to the customer’s unique design, or orders may be placed from an ever-expanding selection of exquisite patterns, from classic to avant garde. Now all Borano mahogany windows and exterior doors can be manufactured as hurricane products, without sacrificing aesthetics.

Meeting strict Miami-Dade County, Florida, wind-borne debris impact resistance codes, Borano hurricane-rated windows and doors are in compliance, even in the highest wind areas of the state. For example, 8' 0" x 10' 0" rated Borano doors are approved to 75 PSF design pressure, and for impact resistance. All are reinforced with both head and sill bolts. No shutters are required, nor is there need to nail plywood over the solid mahogany window or door before a storm.

Before ordering a hurricane door, the contractor should contact a qualified architect or engineer to determine the home’s wind zone, which is determined by such factors as the average roof height, the position of the door on the house and the home’s closeness to shore. Home owners should check their local building codes. Even if your home is just a few years old, codes in the southeast change rapidly. The windows and doors that were in your home just a few days ago may no longer meet code. In the aftermath of a storm, it’s not simply a matter of reconstructing the home you had. The law requires you and your contractor to abide by current codes when rebuilding after a hurricane.

Borano suggests that you visit www.statelocalgov.net or www.ibhs.org/building codes for more information.

Explore the complete Borano window and door selection at www.borano.com. Or call for a catalog at 877-839-8029.

Borano products include a variety of custom windows, doors, front doors, exterior doors, entry doors, French doors, mahogany doors, church doors , carved doors and solid wood doors.

For more information and additional hi-res images contact: marketing@borano.com or call Heather Hernandez at 561-939-3368.