Howling winds, flying furniture, trees bent over in the wind, nearly snapping in half, heavy rains pounding down on the windows of your home — the sights and sounds of a home in the midst of a hurricane are familiar to us, thanks to frequent storm coverage. If you live in a part of the country where storms of this magnitude are common, you’ve most likely already thought about hurricane preparedness. But have you considered whether the largest barrier to your home — the garage door — is prepared to withstand the power of the hurricane?
Is your garage door ready?
Hurricane season is already upon us, with the heaviest storms on both the Atlantic coast and in the Pacific Northeast occurring in late summer and early fall. If hurricanes are a yearly threat to your region, now is the time to assess whether your garage door will help or hinder your hurricane safety and preparedness measures.
Typically, there are two ways to assess and reinforce the strength of your home’s garage door. The first thing you might do is add bracing to the existing garage door. Retrofitting the existing garage door with bracing will make it better able to withstand the high winds that can wreak havoc on your home and neighborhood during a hurricane. Reinforcing the door’s strength in this way is especially necessary for doublewide garage doors, which are not known to be great for holding up to strong wind. In fact, you may want to consider replacing a doublewide garage door with a new, hurricane-resistant door. Installing a whole new garage door is an option available to all homeowners who are concerned about their door’s integrity.
The National Hurricane Center is a great resource for hurricane preparedness, including information about retrofitting your garage door. A professional garage technician or installer can recommend hurricane-resistant garage doors in a variety of styles, for a range of budgets.