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K-Force: Impact Resistant for Coastal Regions

Many Ultra Series products offer K-Force impact upgrades for protection in hurricane-prone regions. Kolbe impact products are unique in that they do not sacrifice beauty for the added security.

  • Many Ultra Series products offer K-Force impact upgrades for protection in hurricane-prone regions. Kolbe impact products are unique in that they do not sacrifice beauty for the added security.
  • Many operational configurations of Ultra Series folding doors meet impact certification. Impact units range from 2- to 8-panels wide and can incorporate swinging "access" doors.
  • Various configurations of folding doors with one-way operation, odd/even split operation, and bi-parting operation can meet impact code requirements with laminated glass and impact performance upgrades.
  • Ultra Series crank-out & picture casements, rectangular & half-circle transoms, outswing patio & entrance doors were built with K-Force impact resistant upgrades.
  • Impact upgrades on the windows & doors for this project included laminated, grey-lite glass. Here, a French outswing patio door unit opens to a balcony.
  • Folding doors provide an unparalleled portage from a dream home\'s interior to its coastal venue. K-Force impact resistant upgrades help peace of mind coincide with the peaceful location.
  • Westhampton Free Library was able to replicate historic aesthetics while offering impact resistance, and also qualifying for LEED Gold certification.
  • Winduest® Series products are well-suited to commercial projects, with the ability to meet IPD4, HVHZ LMI, and even Miami-Dade NOA.
  • The WaterColor BeachClub has casement windows, outswing doors and sidelites with a finish resistant to seacoast air. Plus, K-Force impact upgrades have prepared this resort for harsh weather.
  • Outswing entrance doors with ADA-compliant sills and K-Force impact resistant upgrades allow access from the WaterColor BeachClub\'s restaurant to the pool.
  • Kolbe Sterling double hungs helped replicate the romance and historic elegance of Ocean House, a grand Victorian hotel, while meeting the regional-appropriate impact ratings.
  • In 2010, the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole tracked across New England. Those at Ocean House watched from their windows and waited for the storm to pass.

 

In coastal areas, hurricane force winds can wreak havoc on communities and result in massive devastation. Over the years, strict building codes have been implemented in these areas to require the use of high-performing products that withstand these harsh conditions.

In a hurricane or tropical storm, the most damage generally occurs when the envelope of a building is breached by wind-borne debris. This causes a pressure difference between the interior and exterior of the building, and can occur due to window and door damage. For this reason, Kolbe submits its windows and doors to independent organizations which test them to rigorous protocols requiring specific wind loads and types of flying debris.


What makes Kolbe's impact products stand out from the rest? K-Force impact products have the same beautiful appearance for which Kolbe windows and doors are known. Kolbe Makes Ocean Home 2015 Platinum ListNo unsightly brackets or visible rods are necessary to hold the sash in place, and no extra locks are needed to fasten when time to evacuate is imminent.

Kolbe Makes Ocean Home magazine's Platinum List for 2015

Below are some of of Kolbe's impact certified products:

Ultra Series Impact Rating HVHZ LMI
Crank-Out Casements & Stationary Units
(includes Radius-Tops & rectangular mulled units)
IPD4 yes
Push-Out Casements (includes Radius-Tops) IPD4 yes
Crank-Out Awnings (includes mulled units) IPD4 yes
Sterling Double Hungs & Stationary Units IPD4 yes
XL Sterling Double Hungs
IPD4  
Majesta® Double Hungs & Single Hungs IPD4  
Ogee Direct Sets IPD4  
Tilt-Turns mulled to Stationary Units
IPD4  
Garden-Aire Sliding Patio Doors & Stationary Panels IPD4  
TerraSpan® Lift & Slide Doors IPD4  
Folding Doors IPD4  
Inswing French Doors IPD3  
Sidelites to match Inswing Doors IPD4  
Outswing Doors, Stationary Panels & Transoms
(includes Radius-Tops & rectangular mulled units)
IPD4 yes
Heritage SERIES Impact Rating HVHZ LMI
Crank-Out Casements & Stationary Units IPD4  
Push-Out Casements (includes Radius-Tops) IPD4  
Crank-Out Awnings IPD4  
Sterling Double Hungs IPD3  
Stationary Units to match Sterling Double Hungs IPD4  
Majesta Double Hungs & Single Hungs IPD4  
Garden-Aire Sliding Patio Doors & Stationary Panels IPD4  
Inswing French Doors IPD3  
Sidelites to match Inswing Doors IPD4  
Outswing Doors, Stationary Panels & Transoms
(includes Radius-Tops & rectangular mulled units)
IPD4 yes
TEUTONIC® SERIES Impact RAting HVHZ LMI
Fixed Windows IPD4 yes
Tilt-Turn Windows IPD4 yes
Tilt-Slide Doors IPD4 yes
Outswing Doors IPD4 yes
WINDQUEST® SERIES Impact Rating HVHZ LMI MIAMI-DADE NOA*
Crank-Out Casements IPD4 yes yes
Crank-Out Awnings IPD4 yes yes
Double Hungs
IPD4 yes yes
Single Hungs
IPD4 yes yes
Slider Windows
IPD4 yes yes
Fixed Windows, including mulled units
IPD4 yes yes
Sliding Patio Doors
IPD4 yes yes
Sidelites
IPD4 yes yes

*Only white units apply
IPD4 = Impact Performance, 9# Missile D, Wind Zone 4 or less (wind speed 140 mph or less)
HVHZ LMI = High Velocity Hurricane Zone Large Missile Impact


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