Preparing your Garage Door for the Hurricane Season05/25/2015 Back To Blog
For most parts of the United States, hurricane preparedness is necessary. If you live in areas frequently visited by hurricanes, you already know how important it is to be prepared all the time. It is ideal to make use of your garage as a hub for safety efforts when a hurricane strikes. The good thing about hurricanes is that they take a lot of time to develop, ensuring that you still have time to prepare your home before they hit.
Prepare for the season
The first thing you need to do to prepare for the hurricane season is clear the yard. You have to remove everything that the hurricane can potentially pick up like tables, chairs, garden tools, and flower pots. You should also try maximizing garage storage by making your garage a temporary storage facility. Once you have organized your garage and made sure that there is room for everything, the next thing step is strengthening your garage door.
When strengthening the garage door, there are two basic approaches on how you can achieve this. First, you can add bracing to your existing door. The other approach is to replace your door with a hurricane-resistant one.
When you decide to replace your old door with a new one, there are several things that you need to consider. First, find out the wind load requirement for your region and verify the garage door that you choose meets these requirements. Furthermore, consider choosing storm ready garage doors. This type of door requires no additional advance set up. This is ideal for residential owners, as this provides peace of mind knowing the door can withstand hurricanes. When choosing this type of door, consider choosing a door with heavy duty hinges, springs, tracks, and rollers. These parts provide additional strength to keep the door in place while hurricane hits.
Once you are confident of the strength of your door, you should constantly check and properly maintain your door so it will last for a long period of time. With hurricane preparedness performed in advance, you gain peace of mind knowing that you, your family, and home is safe when the storm hits.