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The garage door is the largest entry into your home and potentially the weakest spot during a hurricane or tornado. In fact, approximately 80 percent of residential hurricane wind damage starts with entry through garage doors, according to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes ( http://www.flash.org ).
So what can be done? A number of manufacturers are addressing the issue by offering garage doors with upgraded frames and hardware so they can stand up to a hurricane's fierce winds. For instance, Designer Doors, based in River Falls, Wis., offers a Severe Weather package that enables the company's wooden garage doors to withstand wind speeds of up to 120 mph, as well as a Hurricane Hardware package that enables the doors to endure 140-mph wind-load capacities.
To improve the structural strength of its garage doors, the company uses commercial-grade mounting hardware and upgraded hinges, and for its Hurricane Hardware package, a solid Douglas Fir frame that provides natural rigidity. The doors are strong enough to meet hurricane code requirements in Miami-Dade County, Fla.
While Designer Doors is the only company to offer custom wood doors to meet those requirements, other companies, such as Plantation, Fla.-based Secure Door and Vonore, Tenn.-based H¶rmann USA, make steel garage doors that are able to withstand hurricane forces. All are designed to look good on your home while providing enhanced strength and security.
For more information contact Designer Doors at http://www.designerdoors.com or 800-241-0525, Secure Door at http://www.securedoor.com or 800-483-3341, and HÃ¶rmann USA at http://www.hormann.us or 877-HOERMANN.