Choosing a Hurricane Resistant Garage Door01/19/2017 Back To Blog
If you live in an area that is known to take the brunt of nature’s fury, then opting for solutions that best protect you and your home from high wind conditions is not only a good idea, but is also essential. An un-reinforced garage door stands no real chance in the face of a hurricane, the force of which may cause it to buckle or to be forced off of the track, resulting in catastrophic failure.
Know What Can be Done
However, damage done to the door should be the least of your problems. You need protection from fast moving debris such as road-signs and other powerful projectiles which can dent or damage your door and property. Beyond that, if your door should fail during a storm, the sudden rise in internal air pressure could well result in a weakening of your home’s structural integrity, and may even result in your property being damaged.
So, if you are looking for a hurricane resistant door that will protect your home from such damages, here is the best way to go about deciding which solution would best work for you.
Hurricane Protection – What does it mean?
Different states in the USA are differently affected by the weather; some states may experience mild conditions while those such as Florida may have to bear the worst of them. Because of this difference, it is essential for homeowners to determine the minimum wind speed that your door should meet, based on the area that you live in.
Wind-borne debris regions are those that are likely to experience high impact projectiles during a storm, and thus require large-missile impact rated doors that will stay strong during a storm. Anything less will not adequately protect you from projectiles, resulting in a constant need to have your garage doors repaired.
High velocity hurricane zones require greater protection. Ensuring that your residential doors are up to the task of withstanding high wind speeds will protect your home from damages during a storm or hurricane. Should the door not do its job properly, a sudden increase of air pressure in your garage may result in the roof and windows of your home being blown out.
With regards to insurance premiums, having a hurricane resistant door may also bring them down significantly. Many insurance companies reward homeowners who have taken steps to protect themselves from high winds by having a wind resistant garage door installed. Just one more reason to keep your home better protected.
Home Exposure and Structure Type
The type of exposure to the damage that your home is vulnerable to should have an impact on the type of door you choose. Exposure B areas such as those that are urban, may take damage from close-by obstructions. Exposure C areas are situated on open terrain while Exposure D areas are typically near the coast or near large bodies of water. These factors, plus the structure of your house (is it single or double story) will greatly determine what type of door you need.
Contact us at Garage Door Repair Fort Lauderdale today to get your reinforced garage door!