Commercial Door & Frame Distributors, LLC Launches Tornado Door Line Shelter Door

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Commercial Door & Frame Distributors, LLC expands their door selection to offer customers in Middle Tennessee and nationwide safe, affordable tornado doors.

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A standard metal door is made with thin sheet metal filled with foam. That's certainly not enough protection for families in the event of a storm or tornado.

After several months of research and design planning, Commercial Door & Frame Distributors (CDF) has started manufacturing the Shelter Door, a line of three tornado doors built specifically for concrete storm rooms, typically built in the center of a home. In home tornado shelters are becoming commonplace in new homes, especially in the Midwestern states where shelters are required in all new construction. All doors in the Shelter Door line are made of heavy gauge reinforced steel with a triple locking system. Their frames use a 13 point high-strength anchoring system to attach the door to the concrete or block walls. These specifications make them ideal for tornado doors, or vault room doors for homes or businesses. The differences between the three doors in the line provide CDF customers with options that are tailored to their needs more specifically.

The Storm Pro door is FEMA 320/361 certified, made from 14 gauge steel with 12 gauge internal stiffeners, a 14 gauge frame and is rated for winds up to 250 mph. This door also has fully welded seams for added strength. Storm Pro is a premium tornado door and is priced at $2999.

The Medallion door is $1699 and meets many of the same specifications as the Storm Pro door. It is designed for scenarios requiring the strongest door, but not requiring FEMA approval. The Medallion isn’t FEMA 320/361 certified and uses a generic grade one hardware set.

The Guardian Door is an 18 gauge door with a 16g frame, grade 1 hardware and a 13 point anchor system. At a price point of $999 it is perfect for the basic storm room and ideal for use in a safe or vault room for storage of valuables, guns, or other important items.

“We had several requests for safe room doors and constantly had to special order them. The extreme cost, and four week production time was unreasonable for most customers.” said Wayne Foreman, owner of CDF.

In June of 2012 CDF hired local business consultant Michael McDougald, to identify and fill needs within the door market. He immediately noticed the gap in the market for affordable and safe doors. “Most contractors and homeowners turned to using a standard door on their safe room to save money. A standard metal door is made with thin sheet metal filled with foam. That's certainly not enough protection for families in the event of a storm or tornado. By creating an entry level and mid-priced tornado door we hope to provide families with the safety they need at a price they can afford.”

Commercial Door & Frame Distributors, LLC (CDF) is a full service commercial frame, door and hardware distributor launched in the spring of 2011. Corporate Headquarters are located in Nashville, Tennessee but serves other areas of the country through their website, The new company hopes to add five jobs related to Shelter Door over the next year and looks to see that figure grow as demand for their doors increases.

Commercial Door & Frame Distribtors, LLC is located at: 915 Visco Drive, Nashville TN 37210. They can be reached by phone at: (855) 769-9895, or online at:

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