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How To Secure Your Garage Door During A Hurricane

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Dec 15, 2021 7:00:00 PM

protecting your garage door from a hurricane

You’ve purchased and implemented hurricane protection for your windows and other open spaces, but have you considered how to secure your garage door during a hurricane? 

Most people don't think about protecting their garage door from hurricane damage, but doing so can have many benefits, especially if you live in a hurricane-prone region such as Southwest Florida.

When it comes to protecting your garage door, you have two options: you can purchase a new, hurricane-proof garage door or you can purchase a hurricane-resistant retrofit kit for the garage door you already have.

Here's what to consider when making that choice:

 

3 Reasons Your Home Needs an Impact Resistant Garage Door

A garage door is one of the most vulnerable areas of your home during a hurricane. Being prepared is crucial for protecting your home, and it's easier to do when you understand why you need to protect your garage door just as much as the rest of your home. There are three main reasons why you need to secure your garage door during a hurricane.

1. It’s the Largest Opening in the Home

Your garage door is often the biggest opening your home has, making it one of the most vulnerable points. When you protect your windows and doors but not your garage door, you're putting your entire home at risk. 

2. It Can Buckle During High Winds

During extremely high winds, the air pressure on the garage door can start to push the door inward. Eventually, that could lead the door to buckle and fail. Even if it doesn't fail completely, significant damage could be done to the door, requiring you to replace it. 

3. Compromised Garage Doors Can Cause Pressure Changes in Your Home

If your garage door buckles, it can let wind into your home and cause significant pressure changes, which have the ability to damage your entire home. 

One of the main reasons that homes lose roofs and walls when they experience a hurricane is from the build-up of air pressure that comes with the high winds. If you suddenly have a compromised garage door, you could end up with so much wind rushing into your home that it lifts the roof off or knocks over walls. Naturally, that means significantly more damage than you might have otherwise experienced. 

 

Is Your Garage Door Ready for Hurricane Season?

If you're not ready to buy a brand-new garage door, you also have the option of retrofitting your existing garage door for increased protection from hurricane damage. There are several ways you can retrofit your existing door, to provide it with the support to withstand a storm, including: 

Garage Door Braces

Braces add strength to your garage door, holding it in place in the event of high winds or pressure changes. Brackets are attached to hinges that keep the door from blowing in or being sucked out. 

A one-car garage usually needs one brace, while two-car garages need two or three braces. They're easy to set up, and should only take several minutes to deploy in the event of a hurricane. If you're looking to add braces to your current garage door, work with hurricane protection specialists to ensure they are Florida Building Code approved.

Hurricane Panels

Another option when you're to secure your garage door is hurricane panels. Hurricane panels screw or clip onto your garage door from the outside and provide additional protection from wind, rain, and debris. These panels are typically made from steel or aluminum. 

A Manufacturer Kit 

A hurricane-resistant retrofit kit for garage doors can be a great choice for many homeowners. Check with the manufacturer of your garage door, to see if they have a kit to strengthen the door and its track, so it has the properties found in new hurricane-resistant doors. 

Retrofitting an existing door involves strengthening the panels, tracks, and rollers, as well as recalibrating the springs. This option won't help with impact protection, though, and any windows in your garage will still be vulnerable to high wind, rain, and debris.

 

Storm Solutions Can Help With a Hurricane Resistant Garage Door

Your garage door is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home during a hurricane, so it's important that you protect it just as you would protect your windows and doors. 

Whether you choose to buy a hurricane-resistant garage door or retrofit the garage door you currently have, investing in hurricane protection for your garage door now can save you time and money in the future.

Ready to find out more about the right hurricane impact garage door for your needs? Contact us at Storm Solutions today for your free estimate on impact doors for your home.REQUEST A FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE

Topics: Garage Doors