BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER
Garage doors play a key role in protecting your garage against weather conditions, these doors need to be strong enough to withstand whatever fury storms can bring. If a garage door can’t hold up against strong winds, windows can be blown out and the roof can blow off of the structure—which in turn would allow rain, sleet, snow, and flying debris into the garage.
If your garage is attached to your home—and the door of the garage can’t stand up to the wind—significant damage can be caused to your home. Your garage door is a significant line of defense when it comes to protecting your home from high wind damage.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency calls the “absence of a wind-rated garage door” a “leading cause of storm damage in homes. Not only can water and wind cause considerable angst and mess, but it is also a financial concern.”
In April 2020, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) shared how a strong garage door is critical when protecting your home. In fact, the CEO of the organization said the following: “When a garage door fails, it can begin a cascade of damage with the roof and surrounding walls unable to handle the force of the wind inside the garage. Structural damage to a home means a family is displaced and their life is disrupted. Homeowners can reduce that risk with a wind-rated garage door.”
Think about it. If you invest in a garage door with the wrong wind rating and have to buy a second garage door that meets local requirements, you’ll unnecessarily pay for another door. If you check these requirements before you purchase one, though, you’ll avoid this hassle. If you get a new garage door with the wrong wind rating and a hurricane or strong wind moves through the region, your door could sustain damage. You’d then need to pay for repairs, and you may end up having to replace the door, either immediately after the storm or later on.
Then consider the return on investment (ROI) in a quality new door. According to HomeAdvisor.com, a garage door replacement comes with the highest ROI among the home improvements you can make. In fact, because the ROI is at 97.5 percent, if you sell your home, this new door almost pays for itself.
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|New Hanover *3||120/130|
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|2,700 ft. or Lower||90 MPH|
|2,700 to 3,000 ft.||100 MPH|
|3,000 to 3,500 ft.||110 MPH|
|3,500 to 4,500 ft.||120 MPH|
|4,500 ft. and Above||130 MPH|
Through our Garage Door Visualizer, you can see what your appropriately wind-rated garage door will look like. You can compare it to large numbers of other new garage doors, so that you order the perfect garage door for your home.
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