Let’s start with a fact. Most garage doors today are automatic. In other words, they work with an electric opener. Here’s another fact. When the garage door stops working, there is more than one reason for the problem. Simply put, it’s not always the opener’s fault.
As a rule of thumb, it’s not safe to use garage doors after hurricanes before they are thoroughly checked. Don’t forget that such doors are very large and extremely heavy. And damage is not always apparent. Even if your garage door seems to be intact from the storm, some of the parts might be damaged. The flood caused by the storm might have affected the power outlet making the electric system dangerous.
What makes hurricanes really dangerous is the speed of winds. What makes garage doors the most vulnerable part in the house is their large size. During a hurricane or fierce storm, the high wind might break trees or branches. Debris and elements fly and might strike against any surface. The largest the surface the biggest the possibility of damage. That’s why oversized and double-car garage doors are inclined to break easier than single panel ones. And that’s the first thing you should keep in mind when you are considering garage door replacement in hurricane prone areas. A double door is always a bigger hazard.
Evaluating the condition of garage doors after a hurricane is vital. Their large opening is the reason why they are prone to wind damage but can also become a reason for accidents. When hurricanes strike, not all areas in a region are affected the same way. When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, the Houston area suffered the consequences of a strong storm leaving the city flooded. But increased levels of water and high winds can also cause significant garage door damage. It’s important to check your overhead garage door in order to diagnose and fix its problems before you even use it.