Aside from teenagers accidentally driving through a closed door or a lack of maintenance causing your garage door to slowly fall apart, one of the most common causes of damages to a garage door is actually via severe and inclement weather. From high winds and heavy rain to the occasional hail damage and debris being blown into the façade, traditional garage doors in Rancho Cordova are often battered by Mother Nature.
Is your garage door ready to stand up to the trials that severe storms can present? How do you know if it’s going to stand strong or succumb to the damages?
There are many factors that can be inspected, upgraded and reinforced to help your garage door stand up to inclement weather, but few of these are standard and often, you’ll need to consult with a garage door contractor on if they’re appropriate for your garage door and how you can best outfit your door to remain solid and sturdy.
- Door insulation: Insulated doors are actually becoming pretty standard—especially as you pick out doors more expensive in their construction. If you have an older garage door, however, you might not have insulation enough to stand strong against debris or hailstones that can pelt it. Insulation adds rigidity and strength to the façade of a door, mitigating impacts and deadening striking force.
- Recessing: Chances are, based on the construction of your garage, your door is flush with the actual structure itself—or at the very least, a few inches off of being flush. Modern garages and garage door installations are becoming recessed, however, meaning the door is as much as a foot or more behind the actual façade of the building. This serves to prevent rattling that can be caused by strong gusts and actually protects the door from taking the brunt of precipitation from many angles.
- Reinforced glass: If your garage door has windows, reinforced glass can be a major upgrade that serves to mitigate the damage done by inclement weather. Weakened glass can serve as a catalyst for other garage door problems, so protecting this sensitive area of the door means protecting the door itself as a whole.
- Battery backups: If a storm knocks out the power to your home, your garage door instantly becomes null… that is, unless you have a battery backup handy. A battery backup generally provides enough power to raise and lower the door until the power can be restored and it’s a great safety feature in case you need to evacuate or shelter your vehicle.
Storms can get pretty violent and it’s quite often that traditional garage doors in Rancho Cordova take the brunt of nature’s wrath. Give your door a fighting chance by assessing the above variables—an investment in one or all of these things could save you hundreds of dollars in repairs in the long run and provide you with a greater peace of mind when the sky darkens up and the wind starts to blow.