Certification of side-hinged exterior doors should...

March 12, 2008

John Swanson,
associate publisher of Window & Door

S141 failed at the recent code hearings, but there seems to be agreement these days that side-hinged doors should be held to the same sort of performance standards as windows and sliding glass doors. In continuing discussions, representatives of AAMA, AMD and WDMA are trying to agree on an approach that provides the same level of performance assurance, yet still delivers all the decorative and other variations homeowners want in an entry door that the prehanging industry has delivered in its
current configuration.

Prehangers who have successfully combined multiple components from different suppliers and satisfied customers with the performance of their products for years say a component-based approach to new door standards will work. I’ve heard manufacturers of complete door systems argue just as convincingly, however, that it’s not just the components, but how they interact with each other, that determines overall performance—and this is particularly critical for products in high-wind and impact applications.

What do you think? Yes, it would have significant industry repercussions, but should complete entry door systems be tested and certified using the same rules as windows and sliding glass doors? Can a component substitution model be developed that delivers equivalent assurance of performance? That’s our poll question of the week, and of course I’d love to hear more about the pros and cons of each approach. Email me and share your thoughts.

For poll results and industry feedback about this topic, click to the next page, and read Page 2 of “The Talk...”


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