Experience has shown in older houses that when garage doors fail in hurricane winds, a lot of additional damage follows. When you are evaluating your house for its vulnerability to hurricanes you need to look at your garage door as one of the first and most important vulnerabilities. Older garage doors and new ones that are not pressure rated are highly susceptible to wind damage, including buckling, twisting off the tracks and failure due to impact from windborne debris. Doors can be pushed in by winds blowing onto the door or pulled out as winds whip around the corner of the house where the door is located.
There are three main ways you can protect your garage door during a hurricane:
Whichever method you choose, make sure to keep your garage door protected during a hurricane.
Note: Don't use your car to bolster the door. Backing your car against the door provides little additional bracing. It may help brace the bottom panel from positive (inward acting) pressure; but, it will do nothing to help with negative (outward acting) pressures. It just puts the car closer to possible debris impact damage.
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