Wind Load Rated Garage Doors
Commercial & Residential Garage Doors Reinforced for Wind Impact
The most common building code requirement that ArmRLite deals with for reinforced overhead doors are projects requiring wind load testing. Wind load ratings, measured in pounds per square foot (PSF) or Miles per Hour (mph), reflect the amount of wind pressure or speed a sectional door can withstand before failure. This type of code requirement is important for areas of the country that experience high wind events (hurricane activity) like North and South Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
For the garage door industry, a wind load garage door is assembled, designed and tested to meet a specific wind load value. Typically, garage door manufacturers will have a specific model tested for door impact ratings and can provide wind load rating data on that model based on the size of the overhead door. The smaller the garage door is, the better the wind load value available due to the smaller amount of surface area subject to wind pressure. If your garage door is wind loaded at 20PSF, you are covered for any PSF rating up to a maximum of 20PSF.
While the maximum wind load a product can withstand varies by size, ArmRLite can offer wind loading up to 180mph to protect homes and buildings in hurricane prone, high wind regions. Hurricane rated garage doors for high winds and high pressure can provide the highest level of protection for your situation and geographic region. If you need help identifying which wind load zone you fall into, we’re here to help!
ArmRLite Wind Load Rated Garage Doors
We offer an array of style options that we can customize to make your commercial or residential high-velocity wind resistant garage door.
Florida Building Code (FBC) Approval
ArmRLite Door Manufacturing currently has FBC approvals for our wind loaded Custom CI Model overhead sectional door for select areas of Florida. Coverage area includes the cities of Tallahassee, Jacksonville, and Orlando. The wind loaded Custom CI can be manufactured max 27’-0″ wide and can meet wind load values of 140MPH. While Impact rated glass is an option available on the Custom CI, please note that impact glass alone will not meet assembly impact testing requirements for South Florida. It is available in a number of custom options, ranging from different glass glazing options to a variety of finishes.
- Florida Product Approval Number: FL32416
- 2017 FBC Approved
- Wind Load Rated (Non-Impact)
- ASTM E330
- Manufactured under a Quality Assurance Program audited by independent third party inspection agency (NAMI)
Depending on your local code, an ArmRLite high impact door can provide you with the strongest wind load sectional door options for your home or business. If you’re not sure what you need in a wind loaded door or if you are having trouble locating a wind rated garage door that meets your requirements, we encourage you to contact us with questions.
Wind Load Rated Garage Door Frequently Asked Questions
Never Compromise on Quality. Each of our garage doors is built to withstand the daily rigors of the most demanding installations. That’s why we back our work with a 20-Year Welded Frame Warranty and lifetime residential frame warranty, except on the top section when trolley operated. Finish warranties range from 20 years for stock anodize colors, custom anodize colors and custom Fluropon® paints. 1 year warranty on RAL powdercoat finishes. All finish warranties are void within 1 mile of salt water.
To comply with your local codes always check with a county or local municipality building official before assuming or specifying a particular wind load. Once you know what value you need to meet, ArmRLite can help match your project with the appropriate garage door model.
The garage door’s orientation (front facing vs. side facing) does not affect design wind load.
There is no change in wind load value between a welded aluminum glass garage door and welded aluminum panel garage door of the same size and model.
Positive wind load pressures will force a garage door into the building while negative pressures pull the door out of the building.
According to DASMA, your garage door should always be closed prior to a high wind event. It should also be wind load rated for your area if codes apply. If a garage door is left in the open position during a hurricane, it leaves the interior walls, roof, and ceiling of the structure vulnerable. A vulnerable structure is at a greater risk for structural damage and possible collapse.
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When you choose ArmRLite for your home’s or commercial building’s entrance solution, you’re making a wise investment that will captivate your customers, impress your neighbors, and protect your family and employees.