How to Storm-Proof Your Garage Door

Strong storms can take a toll on garage doors. Homeowners must often purchase and install a new door to ensure it can withstand extreme weather. Hurricane-proof doors that meet the latest code requirements in storm-prone areas are an example. But it may be possible to retrofit an existing door depending on its age, condition, and wind load rating. Here are some options you might want to consider, so your garage door is ready to weather the next storm.

Install Temporary Bracing

You can purchase garage door braces that reinforce it from the inside. If a storm is predicted, place them before high winds arrive. This is a relatively inexpensive option. Bracing retrofit kits are also available and include the braces and hardware you need for your type of garage door.
Typically, the garage door track should be at least 14 gauge; its rating can be found via markings on the track or in the owner’s manual. It usually takes just some screws and a drill to secure the bracing. According to, installing a bracing kit for double-door costs about a third of the price of installing a new door of a similar size. A kit for single-door costs even less.

Protect the Door with Hurricane Panels

Hurricane panels protect older garage doors from impacts. Heavy objects can be tossed about in high winds, which can easily break and penetrate a weaker door. The panels mount to the exterior of the garage door. Usually made of steel or aluminum, they are screwed or clipped onto the door from the outside, depending on the product you buy.

Inspect and Maintain Your Garage Door

The condition of your garage door can determine whether it can handle the next storm. In addition to storm-proofing it with our helpful suggestions, don’t forget maintenance. Routine checks and minor fixes can keep it in peak condition, so you’ll want to:

  • Look for holes or tears in the seal and weatherstripping.
  • Use a silicone sealant to repair any damaged seals.
  • Replace any worn gaskets along the edge of the garage door opening.
  • Check for worn hinges, locks, and other hardware and replace them before the next storm.
  • Inspect the track and, if necessary, remove obstructions or align it properly.

Is It Time for a New Garage Door?

If you have an older door or one that’s not in the best condition, investing in a storm-ready door is a good idea. It can save time as you won’t need braces or panels. Just make sure the garage door you select has a wind load rating that complies with local city codes. Different regions have different requirements; a garage door installer should be able to identify the proper rating.

If your garage door is damaged in any way, looks battered, or struggles to open and close, it’s time to replace it. Hurricane-rated garage doors feature heavy-duty construction and a reinforced design that includes hurricane posts. Adding strength to the door, these posts are anchored to the header on top (using heavy-duty galvanized hardware), while the middle of the door is strapped to the post. This makes it harder for wind forces to pull it outward. Galvanized hardware also pins the bottom of the post to the floor.

Contact Mesa Garage Doors

We supply and install high-quality, durable garage doors in Southern California. Numerous styles are available to complement your home, in sizes to accommodate single-car and multi-car garages. Doors can also be customized with the color, stain, or finish you choose. For more information on our garage doors and garage door openers, and to learn more about how to protect yours as if it were a hurricane-proof door, call 714-989-7421. You can also receive your new door estimate online.