CGI Products and Severe Weather Events

CGI Products and Severe Weather Events

As a long-standing Florida-based company operating in the building and remodeling industry, CGI is particularly sensitive to weather-related risks posed to residents of this state. The destruction of homes and businesses caused by hurricanes, as well as the disruption caused to the daily lives of the residents, affects all of Florida citizens. CGI products are tested and comply with current industry standards and code requirements for repelling and dispersing water under defined performance conditions. The impact-resistant glass used in CGI products is also tested to ensure that it will resist direct impacts from wind-borne debris and high design pressure caused by hurricane-force winds.

While these products perform as intended under specified conditions, windows and doors are not designed to be leak proof. As with other building components, the forces imposed on windows and doors by extraordinary events such as hurricanes can exceed their ability to keep out water and water infiltration around the frames may occur when exposed to these conditions.

Below are several common questions and answers regarding the performance of impact-resistant and non-impact-resistant windows and doors.

The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) recommends that if a structure sustains damages as a result of extreme weather conditions, the owner should file a claim with his or her insurance carrier to ensure proper handling.

The swift and innovative responses to previous weather events have resulted in significantly reduced catastrophic property damage and personal loss. This is a testament to all companies and individuals in the industry who work to improve the quality of building and public safety. We at CGI are proud to contribute to this public service and look forward to providing quality products that improve lives for many more years.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Are there window and door products that are “hurricane proof”?
A: Impact-resistant products are designed, tested and built to withstand certain conditions to provide reasonable storm protection; however, it is unsafe to consider any product “hurricane proof”.

Q: If something hits my impact-resistant glass, will it break?
A: If struck, the impact-resistant glass can break, but it is designed to remain in the frame. This prohibits wind, water or other debris from entering the structure and causing further – sometimes catastrophic – damage.

Q: Will windows and doors leak in a hurricane?
A: Not necessarily; however, wind speed, duration, direction, rain volume and other natural phenomena that accompany a storm all contribute to and increase the possibility of leaks.All of our products are tested and certified for water infiltration resistance and meet or exceed code requirements.


Q: Why does water leak through my product when I spray it with a garden hose or pressure washer?
A: Most operable windows and doors are designed to withstand up to a certain amount of water pressure, measure in pounds per square foot (psf) or pounds per square inch (psi). A typical garden hose sprays water at approximately 30-60 psi and a typical pressure washer sprays water at 1200+ psi. These pressures far exceed the water rating for operable windows and doors, which typically range between 7 psf and 13.5 psf (0.0486 psi and 0.0938 psi, respectively).

Q: Why does water get into the track of my Sliding Glass Door or windows during a minor rain storm? Is something wrong with my product?
A: It is normal for water to be present in the track of sliding glass door or windows during a storm, especially if it is a windy storm. These products are designed to capture water in the track and drain it to the exterior of the building through the “weep holes” located in the bottom of a door or window frame. Keeping these “weep holes” free of dirt and debris will allow the water to flow out freely and not to build in the track.

CGI Commercial Launches Architectural Products Website

(Miami, FL) – CGI Commercial has launched a comprehensive website to support expansion into the commercial market. Designed to educate and inspire architects, the new site may be found at

Divided into the two categories of windows and doors, segmented pages offer full features/benefits and technical information on Storefront Window Systems and Storefront Entry Doors.

Clicking through to Storefront Window Systems, architects are presented with complete information on glass and glazing options (including external wet glaze), design pressures, and robust sizing of CGI Commercial products.

The Storefront Entry Doors page offers glass specifications and design pressure information, single- and double-door features, and complete specs on the 3-point locking system.

Downloadable brochures are available for all window and door offerings.

            Rounding out the offerings: a gallery of inspirational project photography showcasing the use of CGI Commercial Architectural Products in retail, residential, lodging, restaurant, and other miscellaneous projects.

            “A brand-new website focusing solely on CGI Commercial directly supports the company’s expansion into this market,” said Daryl Hendricks, Senior Vice President of Operations for CGI. “We continue to always look to the future of the industry and the next generation of products, and the CGI Commercial brand is a reflection of this effort as we continue to grow our market reach and better serve our customers.”

“Walk on Water” Event Expands Statewide for 2016

If you know CGI, you know we’re very involved and very supportive of our Florida architecture community. It’s an honor to be deeply involved with AIA Florida … but we wanted to take it a step further this year.

For the last three years, CGI has sponsored the “Walk on Water” competition put on by the Dept. of Architecture at Florida International University, and we’ve watched interest and participation grow each year. The value of supporting a program like this is the ROI for the students: This event allowed students to both design and build their project, which equals real-world, hands-on experience. That’s invaluable. walkonwater first prize

New for 2016: The 2016 “Walk on Water” event welcomed, for the first time, competition teams from across the state (Palm Beach State and the University of Florida, to be specific). Sponsor funding assisted these schools with both their materials and their travel expenses.  

“Walk on Water” is an amazing event: FIU students in the Materials & Methods of Construction Class taught by FIU Architecture Professor Jaime Canaves were issued a challenge by their teacher: Successfully construct shoes that will allow the student to walk across a campus lake – with minimum water contact. Entrants can compete individually, or as a team.

The event, a favorite campus tradition, is about more than just making the grade in Canaves’ class; the first place winner of each of the two races received a $1,000 cash prize, thanks to CGI’s sponsorship. The event is in its 27th year. 

So what’s next? Who knows … maybe we’ll help FIU take this event national in 2017! 

Know your windows

Hurricanes are unforgiving forces of nature. These storms can release as much energy as an atom bomb over a very short period of time. One area where many homes are susceptible to damage is the windows. Hurricanes can pick up debris and hurl them through non-impact resistant windows with ease. Nobody wants to be trapped in their home while a hurricane flings razor-sharp broken glass windows throughout their house. It would be much more preferable to have the safety and security that CGI Windows provide.
But before you can pick the perfect CGI window for your home, you need to know some basic terms.

CCasementasement windows swing open like a car door. This type of window offers your home superb ventilation; without the hassle of cumbersome rails that other windows rely upon.   





Fixed windows are just like they sound, windows that are fixed to the wall and can’t pivot. This variety of window is great for living, dining, and master bedrooms. A fixed window can offer a wide open look at the brilliant scenery and allow a lot of beautiful light into your home.

designer fixed window is simply a more upscale version of a fixed window. These pieces deliver luxurious aesthetic pleasure to any room and pair well with almost any sort of interior design.  

single hung window can open and close without taking up any unnecessary space in your home.  SingleHung







Horizontal rolling windows are like sliding glass doors. They feature a sliding mechanism whichHRW is a real eye-catcher. This unique design allows you to quickly access hanging plants or just let a breeze in.


CGI was formed in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew demolished parts of the Bahamas, Louisiana, and Southern Florida. The category-five Hurricane Andrew carved its most destructive pathway through Southern Florida, where one-hundred and eight-thousand homes were damaged. Thousands and thousands of windows were broken. This caused many dangerous situations! Luckily if you had an impact-resistant window, you were much safer than you might have been. CGI is the industry leader and creates products that stand up to the most intense storms.

Homeowners always face the threat of unpredictable weather patterns and severe storms. It would be wise to invest in CGI Windows, a quality company that has provided the most durable windows for over two decades to well-known structures such as, Fairchild Botanical Gardens, Fisher Island, and WaterColours in Grand Cayman.
If you live in an area that experiences hurricanes it only makes sense to purchase windows that look great and can protect you if the worst happens. Partner with the industry expert and purchase CGI windows.


Window & Door Replacement Market on the Rise in 2016

While home sales have remained steady, the market forecast for replacement windows and doors is improving, according the National Association of Home Builders. Average spending between non-moving homeowners and buyers of older homes on replacement windows has been consistent, while the average spending on door replacement has increased for the non-moving segment versus the older home buyers.

Factors driving the steady improvement in the market include homeowners’ desires for top amenities, including energy efficient window and door products, as well trends like designer fixed windows and awning styles, all offered by CGI Windows and Doors. With $10 billion in homeowner spend in 2013, window and door replacement was the third most commonly listed job for NAHB remodelers in 2014.  These trends are expected to continue into 2016.

“We are forecasting steady improvement in the market for window and door replacement,” Estate SGDsays Paul Emrath, VP of survey and housing policy research for the NAHB.

In searching for contractors to complete a window and door project, consumers are relying on word of mouth and online channels to choose the right company for the job. Over 70% of homeowners surveyed said they picked their window and door contractor based on the referral of a family member or acquaintance. Talk to your friends and family about their CGI experience. CGI can even refer you to a preferred dealer in your area.

Window and door manufacturers that are taking advantage of the market trends are those with reputations for quality, customer service, and specific expertise.One market seeing these effects is the coastal regions of Florida where CGI is located, Louisiana, and Texas. Hurricane resistant windows and doors are sought after for new builds and replacements alike, with the severe weather in these areas causing even greater demand.  Not only are consumers placing more value on safety, but energy efficiency has become the standard.

We understand that homeowners have discerning tastes, and place an emphasis on safety, value, and energy efficiency like never before.  CGI is ready to review your options when you are.

8 Things to Consider Before Moving to the Beach

Many people dream about living near the beach, but they never consider some of the odd possibilities that attend beach life. Here are 8 common quirks about life near a beach that might come as a surprise. Some of the stranger aspects of life on the coast can be avoided by taking proper precautions, such as installing the right windows and doors for your home. CGI is the leading manufacturer of impact-resistant windows and doors.

Here are 8 aspects of living on the beach that the snow-bound might not consider:

  1. Falling Coconutsfalling-coconuts-sign

It might seem cartoonish that falling coconuts could become a problem, but these fruits can impact whatever is beneath them with a force of up to 1 metric ton. It is best to stay out from underneath coconut palms if possible.

  1. Unusual Things that Wash Up

Objects that end up in the ocean are often tumbled about then returned to shores hundreds of miles away. Gaming systems, messages in bottles, and broken pieces of destroyed spaceships are just a handful of things people have come across on shores.

  1. Noticing Trash

While you respect the beach as your home, others may not. Sadly, beach visitors may leave behind their trash and fail to recycle after beach visits.

  1. Changes in Wardrobe

If you live on the beach for long enough, your closet might start to show it. Many people who live on the beach suddenly realize that most of their clothing is beachwear.

  1. Sunburns

It is easy to overlook the threat of sunburn when you’re stuck in cold weather imagining how good the warmth of the sun feels. However, the UV radiation that causes sunburns is very hazardous, and those who live on the beach need to take extra steps to protect themselves from constant sun exposure.

  1. Never Needing the A/C

Like most modern buildings, beach homes usually come equipped with air conditioning. But, those who live on the beach may come to realize they rarely turn on their A/C units due to mild coastal weather. They can just open their CGI windows and feel the breeze. Also fortunately, when temperatures drop, energy-efficient CGI windows and doors can help those who live on the beach to save money on heating their homes.

  1. Hurricanes and Tropical Storms

Casual visitors and vacationers might never see the destructive side of beach life. Hurricanes and tropical storms pose a huge threat to the safety and finances of people who live on the beach year-round. Impact-resistant windows and doors, like the ones CGI manufactures, are a necessary part of keeping homes safe when storms hit. CGI leads the impact-resistant window and door industry by producing products with higher impact thresholds than those made by other brands.

  1. Respect for the Ocean’s Power

When you have seen the ocean not only in calm weather, but also during rough storms, you know the ocean deserves great respect.

People want to live by the beach, but might not consider the weird aspects of living there. Getting your house equipped properly can ensure that living on the beach remains your favorite past-time.

3 Design Lessons Architects Can Learn from Golf

1- It’s not as easy as it looks

Watch Bubba Watson off the tee, or Jason Day on the green, or Jordan Spieth just about anywhere, and the game of golf might look easy. It’s not.  Reaching the level of success that the pros do takes years of hard work, dedication, and yes, a little natural talent.  Achieving innovative, functional, and safe design is no different.  As the architecture and design industry rapidly evolves, smart architects are adapting by utilizing the breadth of new programming tools and master spec writing technologies available in the modern marketplace.  You can write a CGI spec in minutes with ARCAT’s specwizard feature. Change can be difficult, but by working smarter, an architect can make fantastic design a part of every project he or she embarks on.

2- Planning is everythinggolf

Many of the game’s greatest golfers knew the courses they played like the back of their hands. When they walk the course before a round, caddies and players are plotting the layout, hole positions, and hazards to identify any possible problems.  In much the same way, architects must be cognizant of the conditions and environment their designs will be built in.  Like a home built in tornado alley benefits from a basement, homes in coastal regions like Florida, Louisiana, and Texas should be spec’d with impact-resistant windows that are hurricane-tested and comply with local testing requirements.  Don’t play off the tee with your putter.

3- Expect adversity

“Of all the hazards, fear is the worst.” Even the best of rounds have a bad shot or two, but as Sam Sneed understands, fearing the adversity will set you back the farthest.  As an architect, anticipating these challenges and using educated, sustainable design to combat them is an integral part of your job.  Buildings are exposed to the elements, but customers demand lighter, less expensive materials while still achieving the desired aesthetic outcomes.  Using new technologies and advancements such as impact resistant doors, architects can provide the desired aesthetic and budgetary outcomes, while ensuring the highest levels of performance and safety.

Spring Home Improvement: Why Choose Impact Windows

If eyes are the window to the soul, then windows must be the eyes of the home! We wear sunglasses to protect our eyes from the elements, so what’s the best way to protect our windows from the elements? Choose impact windows.

For homes near a coastline, window choice is of the utmost importance. The perfect window should maximize the beauty of the sun while protecting the integrity of home furnishings. Open, sunny spaces for family and pets, framed by a beautiful window on the world make a home complete. But what about when bad weather threatens? Safety and security rise to the top of concerns during a storm. A little bit of homework and foresight now could add an additional layer of protection to any home when weather hits.Work-in-progress.-Heres-a-quick-shot-of-the-entryway-into-the-new-Sentinel-pergola.-newshowroom-cgiw

To start your window shopping off on the right foot, here are three guidelines for choosing impact windows:

Window Shopping – Literally!

Do the homework and take the time to see the products up close and personal. Visit dealer showrooms and review product samples. A well-made window should perform well – and look good doing it. Notice attention to fit, finish, and design details.

Strength Evaluation

Not all impact windows are created equal! Do a little reading on design load and PSF (pounds per square foot). Design load is the window’s ability to resist forces like hurricane-strength wind and projectiles. The higher the PSF, the stronger the window.

Original Intent

Which would be better: an impact window designed specifically to be a super-strong impact window? Or a regular window that’s been modified to meet the bare minimum of impact window requirements? For the best results, stick with companies devoted to creating the highest level of impact-resistant products.

CGI Windows & Doors offers impact resistant products that meet and exceed the highest building standard in the country. View our beautiful impact window options at

Targa is Opening Doors!

You know and love our Targa windows … and now we’re excited to announce Targa doors! slide

The addition of doors to our Targa product offerings was the natural next step: our windows have earned the game-changer reputation: beautiful products that enhance the aesthetics of a home while providing windows that are low maintenance, offer ong-term durability, and are environmentally compatible. french

Now you can choose great-looking Targa doors to match your high-performance Targa windows! Right now we’re offering French Door and Sliding Glass Door styles, with all the options you’d expect from CGI.

Check out the Targa doors for yourself at


Protecting your family and property with CGI

The East Coast of the United States is one of the most dangerous locations for Atlantic hurricanes. For residents and businesses living on or near this side of the country, damage caused by these powerful storms can be devastating. All buildings, whether residential or commercial, need to be structurally sound and built to withstand the variety of stresses that come with hurricane season. CGI Windows helps buildings to do just that. They are the premier manufacturer of impact resistant windows and doors, specializing in products built to withstand the pressures of hurricanes. Stronger than any competition, CGI’s performance ratings are unparalleled in the industry and go beyond those of any other manufacturer. Promising performance, appearance, and quality, all CGI products also undergo rigorous tests to ensure they hold up even against the heaviest of pressures. When it comes to protecting your family and property you want the very best and that it was CGI offers.

Hurricane season comes every year and every year properties are vulnerable to damage caused by intense weather. These damages can result in millions of dollars worth of repair, not only to broken windows and doors but also interior damages caused by wind and rain. Home and business owners without proper impact resistant windows and doors will eventually need to replace these fixtures after a hurricane and with hurricane season arriving annually, costs will continue to increase.

It can only be beneficial to select the strongest windows and doors in the first place, avoiding both damage to the exterior and subsequent interior damage that comes with broken windows and doors. Many competitors try to modify existing products to respond to hurricanes, but CGI’s product are built with resistance in mind. They are able to achieve beautiful finishes that add to the value of any building while also having a much higher design load rating. Aesthetic is of course an added bonus.

With large scale hurricanes hitting the US every five years on average, you want to be sure you are protected. Hurricane winds exact a non-linear force on structures and as wind speeds increase, the strength of windows becomes compromised. Once these barriers are broken, that force can affect the supporting structure of your home causing deeper damage and even home collapse. Investing in hurricane protection measures not only increases the value of your home or business, it also ensures that your property, belongings, and family will all remain safe during even the strongest of storm patterns.iStock_000020673463Large

For any architect or contractor responsible for the construction of homes or buildings on the East Coast, especially in Florida and coastal Texas, specing in the strongest impact resistant windows and doors should be a top priority. Forgoing these measures for any reason will only result in numerous repairs at the very least and at the worst, the toppling of the entire structure. Hurricanes are inevitable which is why choosing the best available products is the smartest and safest choice.

CGI doesn’t just create impact resistance doors and windows, they create the strongest impact resistance doors and windows on the market providing maximum protection. This is a promise every home and business owner deserves. Protect the people that live and work in your buildings by choosing CGI windows and doors from the beginning.