You may or may not live in an area that has a lot of wind, but there are always storms no matter where you live that will bring on some serious wind. Your home is built to withstand all sorts of elements including rain, snow and wind. One area that you need to look at is the garage door wind resistance rating. If it is not rated higher enough, The garage door if it is not rated correctly actually cause a serious amount of damage to the house that will end up costing you a lot of money.
AAA Action Doors has all you need to know about wind and load resistance when it comes to your garage door.
Garage Door Wind Load – According to a study that looked at the effect that a hurricane or other serious wind had on home damages it found that if the garage door failed it meant that the roof would also fail and cause more severe damage to the home itself. You want to be sure that you have a garage door that can handle the load of wind that comes. You also need to be sure that the structure that the garage door is attached to is strong enough to install the garage to.
Impact Rated Garage Doors – You can have a garage door that is impact resistant or hurricane proof. If you live in an area that only has occasional heavy wind or storms you could get away with a garage door that is impact resistant. If you live in a place that has more extreme weather such as a hurricane or a blizzard then you may need to think about upgrading the garage door to a hurricane proof option. This will be a better barrier to not only stop the wind from damaging the garage door and the rest of the home but can also be what helps keep the rain and water out of the garage and the house as well. The garage door is a great barrier to keep the elements out if it is installed correctly and you have the right door for your area.
Garage Door Inspection – If you have a garage door already and want to check what kind of resistance you have you can try and look at the door itself for some documentation. If you are unable to locate it you can call out a garage door repair company that can come out and do a full inspection and let you know what you have. If you have a door that is less than what you want they can suggest a better door and do the new installation for you.