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Tips for Protecting Your Home From Hurricanes in New Jersey

Hurricane season is upon us, and we are all worried about the safety of our garage doors. As New Jersey residents, we all know how chaotic it can get when a hurricane is coming. The garage door is the largest entry in many homes. It plays a major role in protecting your home from hurricane-related damage. As such, it’s important to ensure your New Jersey home is secured with hurricane shutters to keep your belongings safe.
An unsecured garage door poses a risk not only to the garage but the entire house. When a garage door gets smashed open during a hurricane, a blast of pressure enters and forces its way into the home. The pressure difference between the home and the outside has the potential to yank the roof off, destroy structural support and render complete destruction within a matter of seconds. During Sandy, a whopping 365,000 homes were damaged in New Jersey.
Fortunately, there are a few simple precautions you can take to ensure your garage door and the rest of the house can withstand the powerful hurricane winds, rain, flooding and objects flying through the air.

  1. Purchase Hurricane-Rated Garage Doors

One way to protect your home is by installing wind load-reinforced garage doors. This tactical move guarantees your garage door stays put in the face of storms. Impact-resistant garage doors are constructed from steel with a fiberglass veneer, and they are designed to hold up to the powerful force of objects flung against them. These doors also feature an extremely durable steel track system resistant to anything trying to move them out of place. As a result, they can withstand winds up to 130 mph.

  1. Install Garage Door Bracing Kits

If you don’t plan on buying an impact-resistant garage door, you can purchase a garage door bracing kit. This option includes the braces and hardware required for installation. You can install the braces by yourself if you are handy. But ensure the track of your door has a minimum weight of 14 gauge and is firmly straddled with screws at all the correct screw points. In case you need assistance assembling the kit, call a garage door technician to help you get the work done.

  1. Install Hurricane Shutters on Your Home

With hurricane shutters installed over your doors and windows, you won’t have to worry about hurricanes breaking the glass on your home. You also won’t have to be concerned about flying objects causing serious harm to people in their path. However, it’s important to have the shutters installed at all sides of your home — not just the side where the hurricane could come from — because storms can whirl in any direction.

Get Hurricane-Rated Garage Doors and Shutters in New Jersey

Liberty Door and Awning installs wind load-reinforced garage doors and hurricane shutters that can withstand the powerful effects of storms as well as flying objects that may damage your garage door. Most important of all, these hurricane proof garage doors and hurricane shutters will protect your home and your family from harm.
To discuss your garage door needs and get useful tips for hurricane preparedness, call us today at 732-286-3667.

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