Storm proof garage doors
How can I protect my home and make sure my garage is ready for extreme weather?
The recent Hurricane Dorian made us think it’s a good idea to discuss wind resistant garage doors. Although most of the deadliest storms hit the lower east coast, The Bay Area is still a place that experiences strong storms and as far as global warming, it’s not going to get any better. San Francisco has already suffered winds at over 100Mph and in some cases even 160Mph winds were measured.
The garage door is more important than you think when it comes to make your house survive a strong storm wind high wind speed.
If your garage door fails during a strong wind gust than it will cause a domino effect. This means that the wind will enter through the failed garage door and breach the other sections of your house so you can understand why the garage door must be able to stand high wind forces.
California has some of the most restrict building codes and they apply to garage doors as well. Most garage doors manufacturers use wind-codes to determine how much wind force is the door meant to stand.
Will your garage door hold up to a Hurricane?
There are a couple of things you could check to see if your garage door is safe enough to use in cases of strong wind loads. The first thing you should check is to see if your door is wind and debris resistant. If yes, then you should see a sticker detailing the maximum wind load for your garage door.
if the door is also debris proof, then the sticker should mention that as well.
In addition, there are other important check ups to make sure your garage door will stand the force of the winds generated in large storms. If one or more of these items is true, then you should call a professional to help you repair or upgrade your existing garage door.
Is your garage door made of wood?
Do you have reinforcing frames on your garage door panels?
Check your garage door panels. Do you see any rust or rot on them?
Do you see any significate dents in your door’s panels?
Is your garage door aligned properly? You should be able to notice when opening and closing the door.
Check to see if any of the brackets or bolts is missing or lose.
Other solutions to protect your garage door
There are other solutions you could use to protect you garage door and home. Those are normally temporary DIY products you can purchase and install yourself.
There are Hurricane panels you can buy and install on the back of your garage door. Brackets are also a choice and even nets are available. The problem with these solutions is that they are temporary, relatively hard to install and once installed, the garage door can’t be used and must stay closed.
Also, in more cases then one, these products are not cheap. The best thing we can recommend is to install a wind load resistant garage door.
Here at Integrity Garage doors and Gates will happy to help and install one of our certified storm proof garage doors for your home or business.
Feel free to contact us if you have any question or in need of a professional’s advice.