In the Midwest, we struggle with thunder storms in the summer, blizzards in the winter, and tornadoes in the spring and fall. What do all of these extreme weather conditions have in common? High winds. As the largest entry to point of your house, your garage is susceptible to these storms. Here is what you need to know about garage door wind resistance.
Most areas of the United States have to deal with extreme winds at some point of the year. Depending on where you live, city building codes may require a certain garage standard. Residential building codes can be strict in the Midwest, often requiring higher grades of doors. Impact-resistant doors are built to withstand brute forces and objects hurled at them. No matter where you live, you could face devastating winds.
What can happen
If your garage door becomes compromised, your home becomes vulnerable. A damaged door can often act like a sail, tearing out your garage unit’s track. Strong winds will fill your garage and your home, possibly blowing out windows and damaging your valuables. An exposed garage allows water to enter your home, and do more damage. The worst-case-scenario is that your door is completely detached from your unit and is blown throughout your neighborhood on a dangerous rampage.
Preventing this from happening does not mean you need to sacrifice the curb appeal of your home. Your wind-resistant door does not need to be a steel behemoth, thanks to our Wind Load® Garage Doors. These doors stand up to the test of extreme storms, with the design of a custom-built garage door. Our doors are up to code with most any city, but no matter where you live, you should consider the benefits of a wind-resistant door.
Bracing your door
Once you have decided on the perfect door, you will need to brace your door as well. A wind-resistant door is not effective without proper reinforcement. Many bracing-kits can be self-installed, but you will need to make sure to follow the directions, step-by-step. All you need to do is latch your door shut when extreme weather strikes.
When it comes to your home, you do not want leave anything to chance. Consider investing in a sturdy garage door, especially if you live in a wind-stricken area. Call the Overhead Door Company of Southeast Missouri for a new garage door or any questions about garage door wind resistance, today.