This spring has already proven to be one of the heaviest storm seasons yet. Tornadoes and thunderstorms have been sweeping across the entire country, leaving costly home damages in its wake. And, your garage door can be one of the most vulnerable parts of your home prone to storm damage. Homes all over have been experiencing the effects of storm damage on their garage doors and find themselves in need of garage door replacement. In fact, thousands of homes each year suffer catastrophic harm due to storm damage. So, if you unfortunately find yourself in need of garage door replacement this summer, be sure to enlist the help of trusted professionals. Professionals like those at Garage Door Services are experts in garage doors and know what to look for and how to properly repair or replace your garage door in the event of storm damage. As the trusted name in garage door replacement for Dekalb, we have put together some additional information to help you understand how a storm can damage your garage door, how to avoid it and what to do when it happens.
First of all, it is important to understand why garage doors are particularly susceptible to storm damage. When wind hits one of the individual panels, it can cause it the door to open or simply become bent or twisted, even causing the door to fall off the track and leaving your garage exposed.
Hail is another big cause of damage to your garage door. And, while there may not be much that you can do to protect your garage door from hail, you can help ensure hail damage doesn’t turn into bigger issues. After a hailstorm, inspect your garage for damage. Some issues may be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. A garage door replacement company should be able to fix any damage that your door may have suffered during a hailstorm or replace it if necessary.
In order to avoid garage door damage from immediately threatening wind damage, you will want to manually lock the door if possible and turn off the auto-raise mechanism. Summer storms usually yield high winds, which can also throw lawn furniture, tree branches, and other yard features at your door. Be sure to place such items away from your garage door and then inspect it for damage after every storm.
It is also advisable to storm-proof your garage and garage doors when you know there is bad weather on the way; it could be the difference between major and minor damage. You can also brace the doors with a heavy-duty brace, which will add another level of support to the middle of the garage doors.
Has your garage door experienced damage from a recent storm? If so, it could require garage door replacement or simply a minor fix. Either way, give the professionals at Garage Door Services a call. For more information about garage door repair or garage door replacement in Dekalb, call Garage Door Services at 815-394-9777 or Contact Us.