The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) released an updated document using ASTM test methods to qualify doors, windows and skylights as “impact resistant.” The document, “Voluntary Specifications for Impact and Cycle Testing of Fenestration Products,” was last updated in 2011.

“The AAMA 506 document provides details regarding the rating of windows, doors and skylights for impact and pressure cycle testing, generally associated with hurricane conditions,” says Steven Saffell of Simonton, co-chair of the task group overseeing the document. “This version has been updated to reference the most current ASTM specifications required for qualifying mulled assemblies.”

The change primarily updated references, as the standard’s previous ones were from five years prior, according to AAMA. This specification provides a system for rating the ability of doors, windows, skylights and sliding glass doors to withstand impact and pressure cycling generally associated with hurricane conditions.