Your garage is often a vulnerable area in your home when it comes to the high winds, loose debris, and large amounts of water that come with violent and stormy weather. Being prepared ahead of time can save you both time and money. Here are some tips for storm-proofing your garage:
Install a garage door with a high wind-resistance rating. Storms that bring with them extreme levels of wind will cause the most damage, and when a garage is breached, the winds will batter the rest of your home. Water may start to invade your property, and even just an inch of water can cause unwanted, and costly, damage. If you live in a tornado-prone area, it’s recommended that you invest in a door that can withstand winds of 130 mph or higher. In addition, exterior doors with high impact-ratings will protect your home and belongings from flying debris, as well.
Install a bracing system for your garage door for reinforcement. Most garage doors are secured only by the tracks or hinges, which are vulnerable to damage during a powerful storm. A bracing system works by anchoring the door to the walls and floors and into each hinge, giving it the extra strength and protection necessary to withstand violent weather.
If there are any holes, cracks or breaches in your garage door or its seals, these will allow storm winds into your spaces. Perform a monthly inspection, looking for any potential issues such as these, as well as problems with the weather stripping or any parts of the garage door mechanisms and functionality. Perform the needed maintenance as soon as possible to stay in storm-readiness, making sure the projects are completed before heavy weather hits your area.
If you have windows in your garage, these will also be weak points during extreme weather. Ensure they are in good repair and that the weather stripping is in good repair. Having wrought-iron window protection installed can go a long way to protect your glass from flying debris, such as rocks or tree limbs, as well.
Make sure that the garage of your home is properly outfitted for the drainage of large amounts of water. You can have a trench drain installed in front of this area and on the sides of your driveway to divert water, and flood vents inside the garage can drain any water coming inside quickly before levels rise and cause water damage or mold growth down the line, and thus preventing the need for mold removal.
Contact us here at Ascension General Contractors for assistance in storm-proofing your garage, home or business. We are a full-service repair company, and we can also help to renovate and improve your property to help protect you against weather-related damage.