Last updated 11 hours ago
Florida has had its share of damaging storms over the years. Fortunately, there are quite a few things that homeowners can do to reinforce their garage door and protect the garage—one of the most vulnerable areas of the home. Below you will find some essential steps to take to prepare your garage doors for a storm.
Find the Wind-Load Rating of Your Garage Door
Hurricane-prone areas of Florida, including Jacksonville, have strict requirements in place for garage door wind-load ratings. Check the instruction manual that came with your garage door to see the highest wind speed the garage door was able to sustain during product testing. If it isn’t able to resist up to 150 mph winds in a wind tunnel, it won’t be able to hold up in a Category 4 hurricane or an equivalent high-wind storm.
Look Into Buying a New Garage Door
To comply with building codes and ensure that you have a storm-ready garage, you may need to buy a new garage door. For optimal safety and protection, buy a garage door with a reinforced end-stile, a high-strength frame, heavy-grade tracking system with strong track brackets, and wind-load capability that is suitable to your area.
Retrofit Your Garage Door
When a storm is coming and there isn’t time to install a new garage door, many homeowners buy a garage door retrofit kit. The effectiveness of the kit, however, depends on the strength of the garage door itself. The typical retrofit kit comes with reinforcing braces that attach to the door and increase its wind-load rating.
To learn more about what you can do to prepare your garage doors for a storm, contact A1A Overhead Door. Our overhead door specialists can come to your home and give you specific recommendations. Call us at (904) 395-5130 if you have any questions for us, and visit our website for more information. We are a family owned and operated company serving the Jacksonville, FL metro area.
Last updated 7 days ago
Many people tend to think of a garage door as protecting them in a storm. But in a high-wind storm such as a hurricane, a garage door can actually cause a great deal of damage. For extra protection, buy a kit that reinforces the top, bottom and sides of your garage doors. A garage door professional can even add braces to your garage door to prevent it from falling in and damaging your home and the contents of your garage.
For more information about how to reinforce your garage doors, call A1A Overhead Door of Jacksonville, FL at (904) 395-5130. Visit our website to learn about the garage door repair, installation, and reinforcement services we offer.
Last updated 11 days ago
During a power outage, you may need to leave home for supplies or to check on loved ones. Getting out can be a little tricky, however, if your car is parked in an overhead garage door with an electronic opening system. Don’t panic. Grab your flashlight and a stepladder and manually open the garage door instead.
Deactivate the Automatic Opener
Even though the power is out, you should disconnect the automatic opener’s power cord from its outlet. You never know when the power may resume, and the last thing you want is a technical mishap such as unexpected opening or closing. Electrical failure or combustion from a sudden power surge are also possibilities you’ll want to avoid.
Deactivate the Spring Lever
Now you will need to disconnect the door from its powered carriage. Place your ladder underneath the chain that moves the door up and down. Climb the ladder so that you can reach a red plastic knob attached to a red cord. Pull the red knob until the connected lever locks into place in a downward position.
Lift the Door Carefully
The door will now be able to roll freely along the track. Lift the door from the handle at its bottom. Keep in mind that the door won’t stay up once you raise it, so don’t let it go until you have secured it in place. If possible, you can also ask someone to hold the door open while you pull your car out of the garage.
At A1A Overhead Door Company, we gladly service and replace garage doors. Call us at (904)395-5130 to discuss pricing for doors and parts, automatic door opening systems, and scheduled or emergency door repair service. We proudly service garage doors in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding counties.