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Special-Lite to Market Hurricane-Resistant Door in Coastal States

  • Wednesday, 30th April 2008
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Special-Lite has launched a concentrated effort to sell a hurricane-resistant fiberglass-reinforced polyester (FRP) door in states along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts of the United States.

The company recently received notification from an independent testing laboratory that its doors will withstand the impact of a 2-by-4 inch piece of lumber flying at 35 miles per hour and wind velocities exceeding 50 miles per hour, Special-Lite Manager of Marketing Dan Depta said.

In addition to the results from the Tampa, Fla. branch laboratory of Architectural Testing Inc., Special-Lite has also received Florida Product Approval to sell its SL-17 FRP Flush Doors in the state of Florida where hurricane ratings are crucial, Depta said. The doors were tested to Florida Building Protocols TAS 201-94 (impact test), TAS 202-94 (uniform static air pressure test) and TAS 203-94 (cyclic wind pressure loading test).

Depta said Special-Lite has doors in service across the United States under some of the most demanding conditions, such as California State Parks, Chicago’s Navy Pier, the New York Museum of Modern Art and Bowling Green State University. Special-Lite’s FRP doors are extremely resistant to mold and mildew, water damage and corrosive environments.

‘We didn’t have to change a thing in the way our SL-17 doors were manufactured to pass Florida’s rigorous standards,’ Depta said. Von Duprin latching hardware and removable mullion as well as vision lites using Oldcastle Glass StormGlass hurricane-resistant glass were used for the SL-17 hurricane rated configuration. York, Pa.-based Architectural Testing Inc. is one of the nation’s leading laboratories for testing the safety, structural stability and energy efficiency of building products and has previously tested the SL-17 for energy efficiency and durability.

Now that its doors have been independently tested and certified, the company will be pursuing new customers in Florida and other Gulf Coast states and Atlantic seaboard states as far north as New York, Depta said. End users of Special-Lite products include schools and universities, restaurants, retail, aquariums and zoos, hospitals and spas, government and religious buildings, as well as industrial and water treatment facilities.


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