If you live in a place that experiences extreme weather of any kind, you need a garage door that can stand up to that extreme weather. Here in Arizona, we experience serious wind and dust storms that can pose threats to structures of many kinds — garage doors included. The same holds for areas that may experience tropical storms, hurricanes or even tornadoes. What a homeowner should do in these cases is take steps to properly stormproof the garage door.
Wondering how to stormproof a garage door? It’s not as complicated as it might sound when you investigate your options and make an investment in the right products or accessories. All you need to do is weigh your options and make the best decision for your home, your garage and your unique needs. Here’s all the information you’ll need to ensure you’ve done everything possible in securing a garage door for storms.
Understand the Storm Threat
Why is it so important to hurricane-proof your garage door? Let’s start with this: A garage door is the entry point for the largest opening in your home. Because of how large of a space a garage door protects, it needs to remain strong in the face of a storm. If a garage door fails during a hurricane or another type of powerful storm, the air pressure under your roof can change — which can lead to the roof failing as well as other structural damage.
Then there’s also the cost of replacing a garage door. Even if a garage door’s failure doesn’t lead to structural damage or roof failure, you’ll still need to go through the costly process of replacing your old garage door and hauling it away. It’s always better to get a durable garage door that can withstand hurricane-strength winds in the first place.
Option 1: Get a Hurricane-Proof Garage Door
If you’re in the market for a new garage door, you can choose a hurricane-proof model that is strong enough to withstand almost any type of extreme weather. Hurricane-proof garage doors often feature twist-resistant components like framing, as well as track systems made of super-durable steel. You can also choose an impact-resistant garage door that’s going to give you similar features and benefits, including steel or fiberglass construction and designs that are meant to prevent damage from objects that come into contact with the garage door.
Don’t forget the windows, either. You’ll want hurricane-proof garage door windows that can also survive extreme weather events. Also, many cities and other local or regional governments have codes in place that dictate minimum standards for wind resistance in home construction — including garage doors.
Option 2: Bracing a Garage Door
You can also choose a wind brace for garage doors if you’re not in the market for a completely new door. A wind brace kit helps you retrofit your garage door for greater strength in the midst of a wind storm or hurricane. Wondering how a wind brace works? It simply provides additional structure and hardware that promotes the integrity of the existing garage door in case of high winds.
A garage door wind brace costs about a third or half of what a new garage door might cost, so be sure to weigh the benefit carefully before making a decision.
What’s the Best Choice for You?
Only you can answer the question or what’s best for you and your home. If you have a fairly new garage door that you would like to strengthen and keep in good shape as long as possible, a wind brace kit might be the best option. If you have an aging garage door that needs replacing anyway, you may consider a storm-resistant option that eliminates the need for a bracing kit.
At Stapley Action Garage Door, we work with homeowners in Mesa and throughout the Phoenix area who need guidance when making important decisions about their garage doors and about their homes. Are you considering a hurricane-proof garage door? Are you trying to decide between a new garage door and the additional strength of a bracing kit? We would be glad to talk through your options or even to visit your home and provide an expert recommendation.
When you choose Stapley Action Garage Door, you can rest assured you’re getting service from the best of the best in the Phoenix area. Our experienced and knowledgeable technicians work quickly and effectively to meet your needs and ensure you have the high-functioning garage door your home requires to operate at its peak potential. For garage door installation, repair or maintenance, or for other services like wind bracing, trust the expert team you’ll find at Stapley Action Garage Door.
Contact us today about hurricane-proof garage doors or wind bracing kits.