It was just last March of 2017 when the Environment Canada released statements and warnings that winds with speeds of up to 80km per hour will cover most parts of Southern Ontario. With this speed, structural and minor tree damages were part of the forecast. However, based on the list of cities which considers Canada’s biggest metropolitan areas, it is Hamilton, Ontario that ranks as the second. It has 9.9 days on average per year wherein wind speeds of 63km/hr hit the city. In seventh and ninth place are Toronto and Windsor1.
These are facts that need to be taken seriously by homeowners with garages. Strong winds during snowstorms and thunderstorms can bring about major damage to not just your garage door but also to the walls, ceiling and all the stored items inside. If the garage is attached to the main house, even more damage can happen if the garage door will suffer from severe weather conditions. Once a garage door fails in a strong storm, its structural components can be destroyed. Flying debris and even fallen trees can ruin your garage door. Holes and cracks can be the result which in turn will cause pressure changes to your garage door and overhead door parts.
Preventing major damage and accidents caused by garage doors which have been compromised by strong winds should be on the top of your checklist when you and your family prepare for extreme weather conditions. Strengthening your garage doors will prove to be a great investment. Two-door garages since they are usually the widest and biggest doors in home properties are especially susceptible to stress from highly fluctuating winds that can rapidly change directions.
So if you want to avoid what happened to the “Three Little Piggies” when their houses where blown away, think and plan on how to protect your garage door before the peak of extreme weather happens in your area. Most probably the first step doing so is to have your garage doors checked by a professional. The experts will be able to check if your garage door is strong enough to withstand up to certain wind speeds. There are specific ratings for garage doors based on your home’s location; whether you are in a coastal, rural or urban region.
You can also consider getting a wind-rated garage door. The beauty of a wind-rated garage door lies in its strength. It can save you money in the future as you do not have to deal with garage door, walls and roofs which have been blown-out by strong winds and rain. A weak garage door will not be able to hold its own against resisting wind and wind-borne debris.
Instead of trying to figure it out on your own, a garage door expert will be able to give you the right recommendation on how to improve or upgrade your garage door. It is better to have your garage door replacement parts installed by a professional as he can see that some parts of your garage door could be beyond repair. Experts in garage doors will surely be knowledgeable as well in local regulations for wind-rating garage doors.
Remember, a garage door that is damaged by strong winds is a liability. If you park your car inside the garage and the weather conditions consisted of strong winds and heavy rainfall, the damage to your vehicle will be monumental. A damaged garaged door can lead water inside the garage and affect your car and its engine.
Beware of planting new trees near your garage but if you really need to, choose the kinds which can withstand high winds. Existing plants and trees should also be tied down. Items such as barbeque grills and yard furniture are to be stored away from the garage door if you know that your local weather conditions will include gusty winds and precipitation. If you can, avoid installing do-it-yourself bracing kits for garage doors because you may cause more harm than damage to the garage door parts. Before mounting or installing panels, the materials’ weight should be just right that the panels will not be too heavy or too light. The first one will cause the garage door to not open properly and the later one will result to a weaker over-all structure.