The worst thing that people who live along coastlines can do is not to prepare for tropical storms and hurricanes. We have been through storms like Andrew, Katrina, Wilma and Irma and there will be more as we know it. All of our products are tested to ensure they surpass hurricane code requirements. We want to make sure your family is safe, not only during hurricane season, but all year round. Your safety is our #1 priority.
A hurricane supply kit should be put together long before a hurricane threatens your area.things that should be in your Hurricane supply kit:
Have a TWO WEEKS supply of each item for each person in your home.
Complete this checklist before hurricane season:
If your garage door is more than 10 years old, it does not meet the new Florida Building Code criteria for safety against hurricane winds.
The single most important improvement you can make to your home is to install a Hurricane-Rated garage door.
As the single largest opening on a house, the loss of a garage door during a hurricane can lead to an uncontrolled buildup of internal pressure resulting in a complete or partial blowout of the entire roof system and supporting walls.
Garage doors are now considered to be one of the most important parts of a building’s structure in regards to maintaining its structural integrity during a hurricane.
State adopted stricter building codes that require new garage doors or replacement doors to be structurally reinforced to withstand specific wind load requirements. In Miami-Dade and Broward counties the wind load requirement is 146 mph and 140 mph, respectively. In other parts of Florida, it ranges from 100 to 150 mph.
To meet the new codes, garage doors must have heavier gauge tracking and springs to help keep them in place under extreme wind loads. Retrofitting a door with new hardware won’t provide the same structural integrity as a new door in the event of a storm.” Homeowners who have not replaced their garage door since the code took effect should consider installing a code-approved, reinforced model.
A reinforced door doesn’t necessarily mean covering the garage opening in a solid sea of steel. We also offers a variety of styles from which to choose and they are all hurricane-rated products. You can see all of these products and much more in the product section. Just follow this link and choose from several collections listed on the left.
There are many code compliant design options available to complement most architectural styles, from Contemporary to Mediterranean.
If the power goes out, homeowners may need to disconnect their electric openers to manually open the garage door. That can be easier said than done, so we suggest homeowners learn how to do it before an emergency arises. To prevent having to search frantically for a garage door instruction manual in the dark, here are some helpful tips:
Post-High Wind Event Door Operation By A Building Occupant
Building occupants should not attempt to remove, adjust or repair doors, springs, or any other door system components, or anything to which they are fastened. Doors are large, heavy objects that move with the help of springs under extreme tension, and can cause serious injury or death. Only trained door systems technicians should remove, repair or adjust doors.
If a building occupant is unsure of the condition of the framing surrounding the door to which the door is attached, a building contractor or design professional should be contacted.
If any problem is observed during visual inspection, visual inspection should immediately cease, the door should not be operationally inspected and a trained door systems technician should be contacted to resolve the problem.
If any problem is encountered during operational inspection, the door should be immediately and carefully lowered to the closed position and a trained door systems technician should be contacted to correct the problem.
Any deformation of panels, tracks or hardware can make a door questionable with regard to withstanding another high wind event. A professional door installer should be contacted in this case.