Preparing Your Garage Door For Hurricane Season
Hurricane season is closer than you might have realized. There are already many storms gearing up to be hurricanes or heavy tropical storms. For those homes that have garage doors, there is a special consideration that does need to be made to make sure that those doors are ready to withstand the force of a hurricane. The first step to caring for your garage door is to make sure you have annual maintenance scheduled.
What Problems Does a Hurricane Pose to Garage Doors?
One of the biggest problems that come with a hurricane is staying dry and strong winds. High, straight-line winds can buckle a garage door and crumple it with very little effort. What might not affect your house or the overall structure can destroy a garage door in a matter of minutes. A great way to make sure the inside of your garage stays dry is to get a bracing kit.
Bracing kits help to immobilize the door and make sure that it does not open or move when the winds do start. These kits have braces that help to add substance and structure to the door to make sure that it is not going to buckle if it is hit with winds. These kits also include bracing to help make sure that the door does not move. These kits come with steel braces that help to maintain the shape and overall structure of the door and do help to keep it from buckling when the wind starts.
Hurricanes bring a lot of water. You may also want to look into plastic or waterproofing the garage door to help keep the water out and to keep it from coming into the garage at all. The bracing is going to protect the door itself but waterproofing is going to help make sure that even in torrential rain and flooding, as little water as possible is going to get into your garage.
These are all measures that you can take on top of annual maintenance on your garage door to make sure that it is going to be able to withstand a hurricane. After taking steps to make sure that your garage door and home are ready for a hurricane, you should certainly take your own safety into account and evacuate if necessary. With the right precautions, you can protect your home and your garage door from hurricanes and can come out with minimal damage to repair.
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