How to Brace Your Garage for a Storm Attack

Posted on: 14 April 2015

Most homeowners build garages as an extension to their homes. While this may sometimes save on costs and space, it usually puts the home at risk of flooding when a hurricane strikes.

The fact that garage doors have hinges and a lot of moving parts, such as track systems, makes them a point of weakness in almost any home. This makes impact-proofing garage doors a necessary step when it comes to minimizing hurricane related losses. The following tips will come in handy in helping you to do so.

Use impact-resistant doors

These doors are built with special materials that give them an edge when it comes to withstanding the force of hurricane winds. Some are made of pure steel while some feature fiberglass reinforcements that make them tougher to break. 

Keeping the importance of strength in mind, some manufacturers go a step further. They not only use tough-to-break materials when constructing the main frame of the door, but also use steel to create garage door track systems, something that usually eliminates almost all points of weaknesses in the door.

If you are facing a hurricane threat, the use of impact doors makes for a safe bet. This is because they help to decrease the vulnerability of your garage by eliminating the risk of damage to its structure as a result of hurricane-propelled debris.

Bracing kits for your garage doors

Impact resistant doors tend to be relatively expensive. Installing a new garage door may also be something that you are not into doing.  In such a case, using garage door bracing kits is a more logical solution.

Bracing kits simply reinforce an existing door. They do so by using the existing door's frame and the surrounding walls to boost the structural integrity of the door. Most kits also come with brackets. These are usually attached to hinges and thus helping to keep the garage door from being blown away during a storm.

This, in addition to the fact that some kits come with track-reinforcing braces, makes a simple bracing kit well suited when it comes to helping a homeowner keep his or her home safe from storm damage.

The beauty about the use of bracing kits is that they are temporary. This means that after a storm has passed, you can always remove them. This is important especially if you have a stylish garage door and you don't want anything to interfere with the integrity of its design.

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