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Hurricane-Gated Garage Doors - Protect Your Home From Storm Damage

A garage door can either be your best friend or your worst enemy during a hurricane. If you have a hurricane-rated garage door, it can help protect your home from high winds and flying debris. If you have a non-hurricane rated garage door, it can become a wind tunnel that can cause damage to your home.

All of Joe’s Doors service areas in Florida including Miami-Dade, West Palm Beach and Broward Counties, are in an area that is prone to hurricanes, therefore, it is important to make sure that your garage door is up to the task of protecting your home.

There are a few things to look for when choosing a hurricane-rated garage door.

The first thing to look for is a door that has been certified by the American Windstorm Certification Council (AWC). The AWC is an independent testing laboratory that provides certification for products that meet their wind-resistant standards.

Another thing to look for is a garage door that has been impact tested. Impact testing is a way of testing how well a garage door can withstand flying debris. The impact test is conducted by firing a 2x4 piece of lumber at the door at 34 mph. If the door is damaged, it is not hurricane rated.

Pros:
-Hurricane-rated garage doors can provide a high level of protection for your home during a severe storm.
-They are typically made from heavy-Duty materials that can withstand high winds and flying debris.
-Hurricane-rated garage doors can help keep your home safe and dry during a hurricane.
-They can also help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Cons:
-Hurricane-rated garage doors can be expensive.
-They may be difficult to install if you do not have experience with this type of door.
-Hurricane-rated garage doors may be too heavy for some garage door opener systems.

If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you should have a hurricane-rated garage door. These garage doors are built to withstand high winds and can help keep your home safe.

Many manufacturers offer hurricane-rated garage doors, which should be installed by a qualified professional.