Tornadoes: Garage Door - Securing

Material provided by Federal Alliance for Safe Homes http://www.flash.org/

One of the most important steps you can take in preparing for a windstorm is to make sure that your "building envelope" is sealed. That means tightly covering all windows and doors to prevent wind from entering. If you can keep the wind outside, you and your possessions will be safer inside.

Garage doors are one of the most vulnerable areas to high force winds for two reasons, the relatively long span of opening that they cover and the weak materials they are built with. Many garage doors are constructed of lightweight materials to conserve weight and expense. Although their lighter weight makes them easier to raise and lower, it often makes them less resistant to the wind and impact forces of a tornado.

Reinforcing your garage door helps you protect not only your garage, but also your home and contents as well.

Adding weight to a garage door in the form of reinforcement may require an adjustment to or replacement of the door’s counterbalance system. Only a trained door systems technician should perform the adjustments or replacement.

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 Keep these points in mind when you reinforce or replace your garage doors:

 

 Benefits of Using This Mitigation Strategy 

Estimated Costs 

If you hire a contractor to reinforce an existing two-car garage door, you can expect to pay at least $300. The cost of replacing a door, including installation, can vary greatly, depending on the size and type of door. 

 

 

Technical Information Provided by FEMA