Prepare Your Garage Door for Hurricane10/02/2014 Back To Blog
If you live in a state where hurricane occurs frequently, you must always be prepared to ensure the safety and security of your family and belongings. Your garage can give protection if it is hurricane-proof but if not, it will be blown away by strong winds and will create a breach in your home. That huge space will cause your roof to be blown off. If that happens, everything inside your house will be ruined and there is a bigger chance that nothing will be left for you to save.
To prevent that from happening, make sure that your garage door can withstand the strong winds that a hurricane brings. You can buy a new door specially designed to be strong enough for this type of disaster or you can get your existing door retrofitted.
New wind load rated garage door
Saffir-Simpson Scale gives classification rates for hurricanes and Category 4 means the wind speed ranges between 131-155 miles per hour. Certain areas, especially in cities that are always affected by hurricane, have a requirement for garage doors and it must withstand a wind speed of 150 mph. These hurricane-proof doors are tested in a laboratory and are certified to pass the requirements because it is made of anti-distortion end stiles and heavy-duty garage door track brackets. The door prices vary depending on the size, materials, and wind load capability.
Retrofitting your existing door
Retrofit kits are far less expensive than the installation of a new door. Remember that you must have a strong existing door for this to work because if your door is very old and not in good condition, your kit will just be wasted. The bracing system included in the kit is also strong enough to face any hurricane. It must be installed inside and garage door service providers like us can get it done quickly.