Readying Your Garage Doors for That Next Big Storm
The garage door repairs that Bakersfield homeowners often require are frequently the result of bad storms. High enough winds to cause dents and even more serious storm damage can occur without much warning. The good news is that there are some simple steps that you can take to help ensure that you’re protected.
Seasonal and Pre-Storm Inspections
The most important step is to keep an eye on your garage doors. Perform cursory examinations occasionally. Schedule seasonal checkups with a garage door technician. If you haven’t had one in a while, schedule it ASAP. Many local repair companies even conduct pre-storm inspections when inclement weather is expected. They’ll check track strength, frame stability, insulation and more.
Reinforcement for the Tracks
It may seem counterintuitive, but one of the big concerns during storms are the tracks themselves. Wind will push up on the doors, which will in turn exert pressure on the tracks. If they give way, the door can break free and cause substantial damage. The basic step is to ensure that all tracks are aligned properly, bolted down and lubricated. If you regularly experience high winds, additional jamb brackets as well as galvanized reinforcement struts can make your tracks even sturdier.
Strengthening the Wood Framing
In the event there’s concern that the wood framing may fail, options include heavy-gauge hinges, larger springs and neoprene rollers. Concrete anchors to secure the wood frame is also an option. Note that if the frame is compromised, these upgrades won’t help and it may need to be replaced.
Boarding Up and Makeshift Measures
You can board the front of your garage door much the way you would a window in order to protect it from dents and more serious damage. Placing heavy items against the doors inside the garage can provide some additional support as well.