Tropical Storm Arthur – Hope for the Best, Prepare for the Worst

As the Fourth of July weekend nears, the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm, Arthur, was slowly strengthening off Florida’s coast early Wednesday.

As of 5:00 am EST time Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Arthur was located about 90 miles east of Cape Canaveral. Forecasters predict Arthur will is likely to stay just offshore, passing northeastern Florida Wednesday night and moving parallel to the southeastern U.S. coast, becoming a hurricane by Thursday. Currently, maximum sustained winds were recorded at 60 mph. and it has been noted that the storm has picked up speed and is currently moving north at 6 mph.

In 2011, Florida building codes were dramatically increased to include:

  • New ultimate wind speed maps (there used to be one, now there are three)
  • New allowable stress design and load combinations, which use the higher wind speeds previously mentioned
  • Changes to wind-borne debris territories and
  • A new exposure level—Exposure D.

For us in the door industry, this means higher testing standards for our outside-facing doors as wind speeds for inland and coastal regions that used to range from 90 to 150 mph now range from 105 to 200 mph.

Hurricane Season

Fib-R-Max, Fib-R-Dor and Fib-R-Lite can meet this hurricane-force change in the industry. All three doors have received the Florida Building Code (FBC) approval for installation in high velocity wind zones. All three doors meet and exceed the standards set forth for large missile impact (ASTM-E1886/1996 missile level D), both positive and negative cycle pressure and wind load. Fib-R-Max has also received Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) approval for installation in high wind coastal areas.

For more information visit our fiberglass door line website at or call us at 800.342.7367.




Chase Doors is at the IDA Expo

IDA Expo is one of the largest door and access system expositions in the world, and this year is no exception. With over 150 Exhibitors, Chase is proud to be a part of this show. Not only do we get to see old friends and meet new ones, but we get the opportunity to show off our new products, the Fast-Mount Strip door and the DuraSpan Insulated Curtain.

Las Vegas

IDA People

The new Fast-Mount Strip Door by Chase makes the job of hanging strip doors even easier. The Fast-Mount design eliminates multiple studs and fasteners, and ensures a simple, fast installation. Simply attach the mounting bracket to the wall, slide the J-Hook Strips into the bracket and install the locking screws at each end to hold the strips in place. No more time consuming layout, measuring or calculating overlap of strips as a preset overlap has already been established. The J-Hooks have a continuous welded bond between each strip. If the strips ever come unsealed from the J-Hook we guarantee free replacement including freight.

Fast-Mount Strip Door

Fast-Mount Strip Door

In addition to the Fast-Mount Strip Door, Chase is also exhibiting a flexible traffic door and two impact traffic doors, the Durulite Standard and Retailer, both of which are constructed with rotationally molded polyethylene outer skin and a Non-CFC urethane foam core. The ColdGuard Swing door incorporates a tough and thermally neutral fiberglass reinforced pultrusion framework, FRP face casings and a Non-CFC foamed-in-place polyurethane core. Also on display is the DuraShield Roll-up Vinyl and Bug Door and the beautiful Fib-R-Max fiberglass Door that just so happens to be the strongest, most durable and dependable fiberglass door on the market! Last but definitely not least, our DuraSpan Insulated and Non-insulated Curtains are on display and trust me, this is an economical solution to dividing up space that you won’t want to miss out on!

IDA Expo Chase Booth

In you are in Las Vegas be sure to stop by and visit us at booth 614!