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Todd82TA
May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?

Hey guys! I just moved to Texas, and I'm trying to find out if it is acceptable / legal to install a residential door so that it is an outswing door, rather than an in-swing door.

I'm from South Florida which requires ALL residential doors to be outswing. This is done because in hurricane-prone areas... the outside pressure helps force the door to seal better, so that the home doesn't implode and cause the roof fly off.

There are no hurricanes in Texas where I'm living, but my intent is to free-up space by the main entry. I have enough room on the stoop / porch where guests can stand as I swing open the door, but it dramatically opens more space for me by the entrance inside for a place to hang coats and put a little table for keys and such.

Before I go and modify my home, I just want to make sure that I'm not violating any legal code or anything that anyone is aware of?

 

Thank you!

 

 

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?

You will need to check the local code and speak with a local building inspector to be certain.

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

Andrew

Todd82TA
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?

That's what I figured, but I couldn't find anything about outswing doors except as it applied to fence gates (they requested in-swing so it doesn't impede walkway traffic on the sidewalk). I've e-mailed the city, we'll see if they respond.

 

Thanks!

HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?

If there is nothing stated, means it is not in code, and it is allowed. As long as the swing does not impede any walkway traffic, such as a public sidewalk. If not, it is allowed on your own home. Another place to ask, is your home owners insurance company.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt. Airy NC

Todd82TA
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?
HandyAndyInMtAiry wrote:

If there is nothing stated, means it is not in code, and it is allowed. As long as the swing does not impede any walkway traffic, such as a public sidewalk. If not, it is allowed on your own home. Another place to ask, is your home owners insurance company.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt. Airy NC

 

Awesome!!! That means they haven't told me yet that I can't do it! Take that code enforcement!!! Hahah

 

Geraldine
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?

Check the local code and then install the door. If that is not working you may take additional info from professionals who can guide you. When it comes to hurricane protection the impact resiatant impact doors Miami provide complete protection to the house from hurricane we should upgrade the doors in order to make the house a safe place for living.

Todd82TA
Re: May I install an OUTSWING front door in Texas?
Geraldine wrote:

Check the local code and then install the door. If that is not working you may take additional info from professionals who can guide you. When it comes to hurricane protection the impact resiatant impact doors Miami provide complete protection to the house from hurricane we should upgrade the doors in order to make the house a safe place for living.

 

Totally agree. To be clear though, I'm in Texas now. Went to the link, and I've seen those doors advertised, and have been to parties in every city advertised there! Makes me miss South Florida. That said, there are lots of different impact doors. The doors specific to the Miami-Dade building code (which Palm Beach County and Broward County both adhear to), are different than standard "wind rated / impact" doors. The Miami-Dade impact doors are designed to withstand a missile (any thrown object) of 125mph or more. It'll break glass, but won't penetrate it.

These doors are considerably more expensive, to the tune of anywhere from 3x the cost, to 10 times the cost. A single pane, 36x80" exterior patio door typically will cost you $899... (on sale!). But the door is aluminum construction, styrofoam injection, with three-ply layered glass with inert gas between the 2nd and 3rd layer. These doors are all outswing.

There's another standard that's mandated by Texas. In addition to requiring outswing, they have some moderate wind ratings... but not to the level of Miami-Dade.

 

In this case, I'm just looking to install a door in a manner that opens outswing. I found a really, really nice door at Habitat for Humanity. it's a multiple pain, solid Oak door. It's pretty ornate, and looks like it came off an older "well appointed" home here in San Antonio. I'm going to strip it and retrofit it with a new door frame, and make it an outswing to replace the "less interesting" in-swing front door that I have now.

 

For anyone who finds this... here's what I've determined about code:

FOR RESIDENTIAL ONLY:

  • There are NO rules mandating in-swing doors on homes in Texas.
  • There ARE rules mandating out-swing doors by the shore (Gulf). 
  • The ARE rules for NORTHERN states to have in-swing doors so as not to be impeded by snow drifts (not a concern for Southern Texas).
  • There ARE rules for "egress" as it applies to out-swing doors. There must be at least a 3'x3' area outside of the front door, where an out-swing is being considered, to ensure people have a place to stand while the door is opened. I have this, so I'm good here too.

 

So... I'm good to go!

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