How to Protect Your Garage Against Natural Disasters

When it comes to natural disasters, no one ever imagines that it will happen to them. We know that it is a possibility, but it is hard to wrap the mind around. Instead of waiting for disaster to strike, you can take preventive action to protect your garage against natural disasters.

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Flood

Flooding is the most common natural disaster as it can occur in a variety of ways, from a storm surge to heavy rainfall. Our garage doors are weak points against floods, but you can take action to prevent this common issue from surprising you with these quick steps!

  1. Seal all leaks and cracks.
  2. Ensure you have proper drainage inside and outside your garage.
  3. Store items strategically off the floor just in case flooding occurs.

Doing this alone could prevent the loss of precious items and extensive water damage.

Earthquake

Some areas in the country are more likely to suffer from earthquakes than others, depending on your proximity to the Earth’s fault lines. Sadly, garage doors are the weakest point in the event of an earthquake, which makes sense due to it essentially being a large hole that lacks structural support.

To take preventive action against earthquake damage, you should begin by consulting a registered engineer. Engineers can advise you on whether you need to add structural support to the sidewalls or redesign your garage door to create an earthquake-resistant home.

Wind

While there isn’t much your garage door can you do to protect your home in the face of a hurricane or tornado, you can take action against high winds. Did you know that garage doors have ratings on their wind capacity? If you already have a garage door, a simple inspection or a read-through of the manual should tell you its rating. If your rating is too low for your area, you will want to speak with a garage door specialist on replacing your garage door with a new high wind-rated door.

Fire

Again, while a garage door can’t prevent a raging wildfire from consuming your home, you can use it to the best of your ability. First, fire officials recommend putting all vehicles in the garage in the event of a forest fire and to ensure the garage door is closed once you evacuate as it could help protect your property.

If you are less concerned with wildfires and more concerned with fires being started in or around your home or business, you should speak with a garage door specialist about getting a fire-rated door.

While preparing for the worst-case scenario isn’t always the most enjoyable aspect of homeownership, it will save you a lot of time, money, and hassle to be prepared than to suffer in the event of a real emergency. If you have any questions about how you can protect your garage from natural disasters, please contact us for a consultation.