Reinforcing a Garage Door
During a tropical storm, some homeowners will use a garage door bracing kit. These kits are most often used on double doors that have a wider unsupported area in the center. They consist of a sturdy steel beam that anchors into the floor and then attaches to your garage door.
Reinforcement kits that provide extra bracing in the center along with heavier hinges and sturdier rollers are available as well. While these can provide you with greater protection, they should not be installed as a DIY project. Adding a reinforcement kit can affect your door's balance or require an adjustment to the springs. Adjusting the balance and springs is something our technicians can take care of safely and affordably.
Checking the Weather Stripping
Just one inch of floodwater can result in up to $7,800 worth of damage to your home. As such, it is not enough to prevent damage to your garage door, as you must also ensure that the weather stripping surrounding it is in great condition. Ideally, you should inspect your weather stripping just before hurricane season and again after a tropical storm has passed. Replace any damaged sections so that you will be good to go the next time.
Covering your Garage Door Windows
Sealing your home's windows is probably one of the first things you do after receiving a tropical storm warning. The windows on your garage should be sealed as well. Use plywood that is at least 5/8" thick, ensuring that the wood extends beyond your window frame by at least four inches on either side. Use sturdy bolts or screws, and space them no further than 12 to 18 inches apart.
Installing impact resistant glass is also a good idea. Impact-resistant glass has a thin laminate coating that causes it to shatter rather than break. Accordingly, it reduces the odds that someone will be injured by shards of flying glass.