Prepping Your Garage For Hurricane Season
Published May 30th, 2013
Gainesville, Fl. -- The possibility of a tropical storm developing as early as next week is a hurricane season wake-up call for residents of North Central Florida.
Most homes built today under new codes can withstand all but the most powerful storms, but owners of older homes may have one significant vulnerability.
Imagine a huge window into to your home suddenly blowing open in the middle of a hurricane.
If your garage door isn't up to code, that's exactly what might happen.
North Central Florida may not be in the direct path of many hurricanes, but that doesn't mean there isn't the potential for extreme weather.
"Doors like this that don't have the support, the next thing you know they're going to flex in, they're going to cause that rush in, and you are going to have probably a ceiling or a roof lift off the house," General Contractor Terry Martin-Back says.
Eddy Hoeft installs garage doors and says those built after 2002 have galvanized steel supports and are required to hold up to the area's 110 mph wind code.
He says there are ways to protect yourself short of installing a new door.
"We have a device that mounts vertically," Hoeft says, "the problem with the passive brace is it has to be installed prior to the storm event whereas with [active braces] it is always braced."
It's no guarantee, but could prevent much greater damage if a storm does hit this season.
Installing a new garage door will run about $1,200 to $1,500 for your average two car garage.
Just reinforcing your existing door costs only a few hundred dollars, and most can be bought at a home improvement store and installed yourself.
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