There is a lot to consider when developing a condominium. Residents look for beauty and safety. Developers need complete product lines, strength, and the peace of mind that their windows and doors will be delivered accurately and on time. At PGT we build with your life and your needs in mind.
In addition to guarding homes against wind-borne debris, our products protect homes from UVA damage and noise, all with beautiful designs. All of our condominium-suitable products offer continuous overall protection and meet or exceed AAMA and Miami-Dade requirements, passing the most rigorous wind and impact tests in the industry. In fact, our products lead the industry in Miami-Dade NOA’s.
The glass you choose for the outside of your condominium can boost the quality of life within its walls. For that reason, we offer an extensive selection of glass types including insulating glass, laminated glass, and laminated insulating glass. These options contribute to decreased indoor energy usage, as well as lower heating and cooling costs.
Our windows can do much more than beautify. They can also lower your energy bills. From the quality materials we use in frames to the double-pane insulating glass used in assembly, many of our windows and doors are your condominium’s best barrier against wasted energy. Many of our products offer multiple opportunities to achieve ENERGY STAR® ratings for energy performance and save even more. These options include:
Visit the ENERGY STAR® website to learn more about energy efficiency and how you can save energy and money in your home.
We stand behind our products. So much so that we are proud to offer one of the best warranties in the industry.
Depending on the project, various codes must be taken into consideration when replacing windows and doors. Below are common codes encountered during projects relating to condominiums; however, check with your contractor, architect, or engineer for specific requirements.
The 40 Year Recertification Ordinance was initially enacted by the Miami-Dade County Commission in the mid-1970’s. In 2001, the area’s building laws were modified and the Florida Building Code was adopted, though the requirement was maintained that buildings in Miami-Dade County after 40 years (and every 10 years thereafter) must be recertified by a registered Florida Engineer or Architect for structural and electrical safety. This Ordinance is applicable for all unincorporated Miami-Dade County and the incorporated Cities within the County. Single family homes, duplexes, and minor structures are exempt from this ordinance.
Broward County and Palm Beach Counties have followed Miami-Dade’s lead and have adopted similar Recertification Programs of their own.
How does the 40 Year Recertification process work?
When a qualifying building reaches its 40th year, the County or City in which the building is located mails out a “Notice of Required Inspection” to the Property Owner.
Windows in Group R-2 and R-3 buildings including dwelling units. where the top of the sill of an operable window opening is located less than 36 inches above the finished floor and more than 72 Inches (1829 mm) above the finished grade or other surface below on the exterior of the building, shall comply with one of the following:
Exception (Only applies for installations outside of the HVHZ):
Glazing in Occupancy Category II, III, or IV buildings located over 60 feet above the ground or over 30 feet above aggregate surface roofs located within 1,500 feet of the building shall be permitted to be unprotected.
Many counties and cities along Florida’s coast have adopted sea turtle lighting ordinances that restrict the amount of light permitted through windows and doors. The artificial lighting of coastal construction is known to confuse the hatchlings who are guided to the water by the light of the moon. If you live near the coast, consult your dealer to determine the best glass option for your windows and doors.
Living near the coast has benefits; however, if your building is located in a wind-borne debris region, replacement windows and doors must meet the Florida Building Code for glazed opening protection. Florida communities—either coastal or inland—that are located in areas within one mile of the coastal mean high water line (where the wind speed is 130 mph or greater) or any location where the wind speed is 140 mph or greater are designated as wind-borne debris regions by the Florida Building Code.
If a structure resides in any of these areas, it is required by Florida Building Code to have some means of opening protection (for example, impact-resistant windows or doors or shutters that have received a Florida Product Approval). For structures located in Miami-Dade or Broward counties, opening protection must meet additional requirements in order to receive a Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance (NOA). The Miami-Dade testing protocol and review process is the most stringent in the nation, and obtaining a Miami-Dade NOA is considered the highest standard for impact-resistant products.
Download a map of Florida Wind-Borne Debris Regions here.