When most people think about protecting their home during a storm, they’re usually thinking about their roof and windows. But many times during storms, garage doors can take just as big of a beating.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has said that damage to garage doors is a major cause of storm damage to homes. Because of their size, garage doors are more likely to suffer from wind damage. And a busted garage door can let several inches of water into your home, costing you thousands of dollars in repairs.

So how can you make your garage storm-proof? Here are a few options:

  • Invest in a new, wind-resistant garage door. Clopay offers a wide selection of Storm-Ready garage doors to protect against storms. Make sure to check your local building codes first. Once you have that information, you can use Clopay’s product selection guide to identify which wind load application you’ll need depending on your building code.

Purchasing a new garage door is also a great investment for your home in general – not just during storms. It provides an incredible ROI and can really transform the look of your home. And just because it’s safe and Storm-Ready doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish, too!

  • Install an add-on bracing system to your current garage door. If you’ve recently moved into a new home, you might also consider reinforcing your current garage door. For this option, you’ll need to install posts in the floor and ceiling, and you can remove them after a storm passes. However, this option might not provide as much structural support for your home, so you’ll want to make sure you check your building code for this option, too.

And if your power goes out with your car stuck inside, here’s how to manually open your garage door.

Want to make your home storm-proof with that new garage door? Just give us a call – we service Columbus and its surrounding areas for new installations and repairs. We’d love to help you prepare for whatever storms come your way.

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