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We are about to get hit with Sandy and wanted to know if our slider can withstand the prolonged wind gusts. I am not sure what brand we have.

We live in Maryland, doors installed in 2002, north facing, double pane with dividers in between the outside and inside panes.

Thanks for your help.

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Honestly, I don't know. Doors have tempered glass which can be tough, but in hurricane conditions, it's not just the wind pressure, but projectile objects that can go not only through windows and doors, but some wall systems also. If in doubt, installing plywood over the exterior would probably give you a reasonable level of protection.

Be safe!

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Keith Fuller

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I'm an ICC Certified Master Code Professional fielding general building code questions. My experience has been heavy in fire related issues.

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I've been employed since 1985 as an inspector and plan reviewer, and am a municipal Assistant Building Official and Deputy fire Marshal. I've had fire service experience since 1972, having served as a three time Fire Chief and Fire Marshal in years past. The increasing workload, mandatory certifications, and continuing education requirements in recent years have caused me to concentrate my efforts on code related issues. I hold national fire service certifications as well.

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ICC Master Code Professional

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