4 Things to Know about Garage Doors and High Wind Events
November 12, 2020
Garage Doors are installed in what is often the largest opening in a building’s exterior structure. This is important to keep in mind during high wind events such as storms and hurricanes. We’ve already posted some information on windload and windload values with regard to garage doors that can help navigate building code requirements. This time, we’re going to take a look at some best practices when it comes to ensuring your safety as well as the longevity of your garage door if a high wind event should occur.
Best Practices for High Wind Events and Garage Doors
- Do not leave your windloaded garage door open during a high wind event. Doing this could leave the interior structure of the space behind the garage door vulnerable to damage. In cases of severe damage, the structure can collapse. A windloaded garage door is designed to withstand specific wind ratings for a given area or state. If you are unsure if your door meets local code requirements, contact a garage door professional to evaluate the installation and the garage door.
- Never back your vehicle against a wind loaded garage door during a high wind event. Storm winds will both push and pull on the garage door. A wind resistant garage door that is appropriate for local code is designed to withstand this. Backing a vehicle against the garage door can damage the door as well as your vehicle.
- Never operate your garage door during a high wind event. Doing so can cause injury and/or damage your garage door.
- Do not add additional reinforcing to garage door that has not been supplied by the manufacturer. Garage doors use springs to open and close. The springs supplied with a garage door are designed to lift a specific weight for the assembly. Adding additional reinforcing to a garage door that has not been supplied by the manufacturer can easily result in damaged property and serious injury. If a garage door is designed to meet local code requirements, there is no need to add additional reinforcing. If you feel your garage door does not meet local requirements, contact a garage door professional immediately for evaluation.
If you have any questions regarding wind load garage doors or if you are interested in specifying ArmRLite for your project, please feel free to contact our sales department for help.