In 1991, Hurricane Andrew inflicted over $7.0 billion dollars of damage in Dade County. As a result of the devastation, Dade County developed what has become the gold standard for fenestration testing and certification of architectural windows and doors. It became the foundation for the other protocols that later developed to test and certify windows and doors to be able to withstand an impact by wind borne debris and remain intact, protecting the envelope from sudden over pressurization.
Zeluck participated in the process that led to the design and establishment of the protocols on which these Miami Dade hurricane impact resistant certifications are based. As a result, Zeluck has been a pioneer in the testing and certification of its products for Miami Dade County hurricane impact resistance. The full line of Zeluck Architectural, hurricane impact resistant custom Mahogany windows and Architectural custom Mahogany doors carry the Miami Dade coveted Notice of Acceptance certifying them as hurricane impact resistant. Our testing program is an on-going program with new testing slated to begin in the Fall of 2009.
The Miami Dade hurricane impact resistant certifications are based on the the following protocols established as the standard under the Florida Building Code:
- TAS 202 Full - incorporates testing against water infiltration based on 15% of design pressure. Additionally it tests the window and door against Forced Entry and Static air pressure to 150% of final design pressure.
- TAS 201 & 203 - impacts the glass and the structure with a 2 x 4 stud traveling at 34 f.p.s. then subjects the sample to 9,000 cycles of positive and negative pressures to the sought final approved design pressure.
There is no equivalent regime in the world that subjects custom window and door products to such a rigorous, third party certified process for insuring the ability of your Architectural grade custom Mahogany windows and custom Mahogany doors to withstand the most extreme conditions known to exist, specifically winds in excess of 140 m.p.h and the impact of wind borne debris.