Hello, my name is John Chase and if you're like me, you enjoy doing home repair projects yourself. I'm far from being a professional, but I can do minor repairs on the outside of my house such as painting and repairing the gutters. If there's a big project to do and I know that I shouldn't tackle the task myself, I always hire an experienced contractor to do the job. As you read through this blog, you'll learn how to hire the best contractor for home repair. You'll also find out what types of jobs around the house that you can do yourself and when you should contact a qualified contracting company. I think that you'll find my blog informative and I'm supplying this information so that all of your home repair projects will be successful.
Storm season is on the way. If you'll be purchasing a new garage door, you need to take storm preparation into consideration when choosing the model for your home. Garage doors can be the most susceptible point on your home during a storm, especially one that produces strong winds. Here are four steps you should take to ensure that your garage door can stand up to even the toughest storms.
Identify the Wind Load Rating
When it comes to choosing a new garage door for your home, the first thing you need to do is identify the wind load rating. That's the force from winds that a garage door can sustain without sustaining damage. The best way to determine whether a garage door can stand up to the winds that your home will endure is to have your garage door technician work with your local building code office to identify the risk factor for your particular area. Once you've identified your wind risk factor, you'll be able to choose a door that's compatible for that risk level.
Choose a Storm-Ready Model
When choosing a garage door for your home, it's important to know that there's a difference between storm-ready doors and add-on reinforcement ready doors. Storm-ready doors are built to be able to withstand gale force winds from the moment of installation. However, add-on reinforcement ready doors will require additional work to get them ready for a storm. When a storm is approaching, you don't always have time to take the additional steps needed to get your garage doors ready. That's why it's important that you choose a garage door that's storm-ready.
Go With Heavy-Duty Hardware
When having your new garage door installed, be sure to go with heavy-duty hardware. You can't afford to go with standard garage door hardware, especially if your home sits in a typical storm path. Instead, talk to your garage door service technician about using heavy-duty hardware, including rollers, springs and tracks on your new garage door.
Always Inspect After a Storm
When it comes to keeping your new garage door in optimum condition, you need to schedule an inspection after each storm that comes through. This is particularly important if you can see visible damage to the garage door panels. If the panels have endured enough storm force to damage the panels, there's a good chance that the tracks may have sustained damage as well. An inspection will ensure that any necessary repairs are taken care of before the next storm comes through.Share