One of DBCI’s customers, Pineyard
Steel, experienced the difference a high-quality, wind-certified steel-curtain
roll up door makes first-hand during to Hurricane Matthew. The storm made
initial landfall in Haiti and Cuba as a Category 4 hurricane on October 4, 2016
and continued on to rip through the Caribbean and several states along the east
coast of the US before dissipating on October 9. Preliminary estimates reveal
that Matthew—the lowest latitude hurricane on record to reach a Category 5
rating in the Atlantic Basin—has caused more than $6.9 billion in damage, with
much destruction yet to be quantified. These conditions are a direct result of
not just rising water—which captured headlines particularly in the United
States—but also wind damage.
Striking Freeport, Grand Bahama on
October 5 with sustained winds of 100mph and gusts up to 121mph, the storm shut
down the city’s port, schools, hospitals, banks, airport and many of its roads
for weeks as the damage sustained included flooding, downed trees and
power lines and, of course, destruction to buildings and infrastructure caused
by extreme winds. The Bahamas is estimated to have sustained around $600
million USD in damages, and parts of the community is still struggling to
regain services including power and internet access.
The owners of Pineyard Steel credit
the wind-certified doors purchased from DBCI for minimizing the damage they
experienced as a result of Hurricane Matthew’s high winds. Pineyard features
warehouses outfitted with roll up doors of varying quality as the owners are in
the process of upgrading all of the roll up doors on their property to wind-certified
doors. Below is a comparison of the lower-quality steel doors they haven’t yet
replaced followed by the wind-certified steel-curtain roll up doors provided by
DBCI that withstood the effects of Hurricane Matthew without any damage.
Damage caused by inadequate roll up doors at Pineyard
Steel during Hurricane Matthew
DBCI’s wind-certified roll up doors at Pineyard Steel after
Steel, the addition of DBCI’s wind-certified, steel-curtain roll up doors has
greatly reduced, and in many cases prevented, the loss of property and income
experienced by many other businesses in Hurricane Matthew’s path. In fact,
Pineyard Steel’s Edney Anderson has reported that, following the storm, many business
owners in his area have inquired about his undamaged DBCI doors, which did not
buckle or bow, become misaligned from their tracks or separate from the
The roll up
doors at Pineyard Steel that had not yet been replaced with wind-certified DBCI
doors were not only damaged well beyond repair, but because they were breached,
they also failed to protect the rest of the building envelope and the contents
of the structure. This failure can lead to other risks including the inability
to keep the roof, walls and other building components intact, as well as
interior damage caused by exposure such as rot and fastener corrosion, weakened
door frames, interior finish damage and mold growth.
proud to have provided a high-quality product proven to protect our customers’
investments despite the wrath of one of the strongest storms experienced to
date. We are excited to continue in our commitment to manufacturing superior
products through state-of-the-art techniques that deliver value to our customers.
For more information on DBCI’s wind-rated doors, visit our wind-certified products page.