If you live somewhere where hurricane warnings are a common occurrence, you need to know how to properly protect your home. When most people think about protecting their home, they think about fortifying their windows and the primary doors into their home. However, when you think about fortifying your home, you should also think about protecting your garage as well. Many individuals keep lots of items within their garage that would be lost if the door becomes compromised. Additionally, if your garage door is blown off your home, this increases the risk that the hurricane windows will tear through and destroy your home as well. Here is what you can do to strengthen your garage door against hurricanes.
Start with the Right Door
The first thing you can do is make sure that you have the right type of garage door installed for the area where you live.
Ideally, your garage door should be windowless. A garage door with windows will require you to fortify both the windows and the door in the event of a hurricane warning, and the windows increase the risk that your garage door will be compromised in the event that a hurricane strikes near your home.
Your garage door also stands a better chance of making it through a hurricane if you have a single garage door instead of a double garage door. A double garage door requires twice the reinforcement and increases the probability of failure.
Vertical Bracing System
To secure your garage door, you are going to want to purchase a vertical bracing system. Many door manufacturers in and around hurricane-prone areas sell these vertical bracing systems; make sure that any system you purchase specifically states on it that it meets or exceeds the Southern Building Code Congress International wind-speed standards. A bracing system that meets these standards should be able to withstand most hurricanes that could come your way. You are going to want to purchase one that is made of aircraft-grade aluminum. Aircraft-grade aluminum is extremely strong and will help provide a very stable backbone for your garage door.
A vertical bracing system is anchored into the wall about your garage door, into the floor next to your garage door, and into the hinges on your garage door itself. This strong anchor system should prevent your garage door from being blown in by hurricane-force winds or from being suctioned outward by the same winds.
This is a job that you should be able to do yourself if you have the right tools on hand. You will need a screwdriver, a hammer, a socket wrench, a socket driver, an electric drill, a masonry bit, and scissors to set up the brace. You may want to set up the anchor bolts that go into the ceiling and floor before you ever get a hurricane warning; these are permanent fixtures and will make it much easier to set up your bracing system when you need it. If you set up the anchor bolts ahead of time, you should budget about an hour to set up this system; if you don't set the bolts up ahead of time, you are going to need to budget a couple of hours for fortifying your garage door.
For more information, contact a professional like Premier Door Corp.