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Hurricane Preparation for Your Home's Garage Door

Consider the Strength of your Garage Door During National Hurricane Preparedness Week

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With many still feeling the effects of last year’s hurricane season, National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 6-12, 2018) hits especially close to home for many of us. It’s important for homeowners and business owners alike to take the time to prepare for high force winds and hurricanes including developing an evacuation plan, assembling disaster supplies and taking steps to strengthen the structural integrity of their homes or businesses.

Selecting a wind load rated garage door is one important component that can help your home withstand hurricane force winds and should be one of the top items in one’s preparedness list. If a high force wind causes the home’s garage door to collapse or detach from its track, damaging winds and debris can enter the inside of your home or business. Once inside, high winds can cause a buildup of internal pressure which can blow out entry doors, windows, walls, and even the roof.

Selecting an Overhead Door™ wind load option for your garage door is an important measure to help protect against high wind events, and it’s one that does not require sacrificing the aesthetic of a home or business. From finely crafted wood to our premium line of insulated steel garage doors, these products have options available to meet local code requirements of your area.


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What is a Wind Load Door?

A wind loaded garage door is a system of specifically designed components, such as reinforcing struts for the door, upgraded track, brackets, hinges and rollers that all work together to meet a specified design pressure, which is the amount of pressure the door can withstand.

Overhead Door™ wind load-rated garage doors, have also been designed and tested to comply with various wind load requirements set by state and local building authorities. As a homeowner or business owner, it’s important to consult with your local building code official to determine the specific wind load requirements for your area.

Residential and Commercial Wind Load Options

Overhead Door Windstorm™ residential garage doors are as attractive as they are durable. Homeowners can choose from Windstorm™ doors in the Overhead Door Traditional Steel Collection, Thermacore® Collection, Courtyard Collection®, Carriage House Collection, Durafirm Collection®, Impression Steel and Fiberglass Collection®, Modern Aluminum Collection and Signature® Carriage Collection.

golden oak garage door​​
(Impact glazing available on 5745 Series)


garage door with windows
(Signature® Carriage Collection Model 580)


custom powder coat-finish garage door
(Model 521 Custom powder coat finish, Frosted Polycarbonate glazing)

The Overhead Door™ Brand also offers an extensive line of commercial and industrial garage doors with wind load options. Business owners can choose among Thermacore® Sectional Doors, Sectional Steel Doors, Rolling Service Doors and Fire Rated Doors.

large-brown-door-thermacore garage door
(Thermacore® Wind Load Door Model 515)

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rolling steel door with overhead door logo
(Rolling Steel Service Door Model 625)

Contact your local Overhead Door™ Distributor​ about recommendations for Wind Load garage doors and to determine window availability this hurricane preparedness week.

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