How Garage Doors Can Help Save Your Home From Disaster

With the right reinforcement, your garage doors become a second line of defense

The biggest threat to your home and garage doors during a windstorm is the impact from flying debris. Upgrading your garage door to an impact-resistant material offers protection from these potential dangers: Impact-resistant doors can stand up to high winds and deflect heavy objects being carried along by the storm.

Another way to make your home safer is to brace the garage door and ensure that the track has been upgraded to withstand stormy conditions. A solid bracing system and heavy-grade brackets help keep the door intact during a storm, ensuring safety for the interior. Hurricane panels serve a similar purpose and can be installed on any existing garage door. All of these precautions give your garage door the strength to stand up to storms.

Keeping Out Mud

Storms can also bring about mudslides or landslides that cause cascades of heavy, thick dirt that can damage your home and leave it uninhabitable. Though you should always have an evacuation plan in place in the event of a mudslide, choosing a rugged material for your garage door can help to keep your belongings safe after you’ve left the house. Make sure that the door is firmly closed and that there are no gaps so that the dirt stays outside where it belongs.

Fighting Fires

If a wildfire moves through your area, a properly hung garage door may aid in minimizing damage. Install weather stripping around the edges of the door and test the bottom seal. As long as everything is snug, embers should stay out. If your garage has windows, you have the choice of filling them in or upgrading to fire-rated glass to protect against breakage. If you’re having a new door installed instead of upgrading the one you already have, see if you can get these features as part of the installation so you can have peace of mind right from the start.

When it comes to home safety, the Overhead Door Company of Portland has you covered. Our website showcases the many garage door options we have to offer, including strong, durable doors with custom options to fit your home’s unique style. Contact us today to get started with the installation of a newer, sturdier garage door that can protect your home from a variety of hazardous weather conditions.