What Makes a High Quality Hurricane-Rated Garage Door?
Hurricane-rated garage doors are ideal for homes located in areas subject to hurricanes, tornadoes and other extreme weather conditions. But what makes hurricane-rated doors ideal for such a task? What goes into creating a high-quality garage door for these demanding conditions?
Here are a few essential elements that make for a high-quality hurricane-rated garage door.
The Ability to Withstand the Right Wind Loads
Depending on its location in the country, a home’s garage door must be able to withstand a specific set of wind load requirements. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has developed a set of standards, which most cities and counties in the U.S. use to when determine the building codes for houses in their area. Engineers use basic wind speed maps from ASCE 7-05 or ASCE 7-10 to determine the wind speed for their area, and consult the local municipality to find out its specific requirements.
For example, here are the requirements for Broward County, Florida – a county that has some of the tightest testing standards for hurricane-rated garage doors.
Garage Doors That Are Tested with the Right Protocols
The highest quality hurricane-rated garage doors are tested with the most stringent protocols. These include the Miami-Dade County Notice of Acceptance and the Florida Building Code product approval. These tests ensure that the garage doors can truly withstand the wind loads, impacts and wind pressure conditions that they claim. If your garage door manufacturer is creating doors that do not meet these requirements, it’s time to choose a new manufacturer guaranteed to meet those crucial requirements.
A Wide Array of Designs and Styles
While the primary purpose of hurricane-rated doors is to withstand extreme weather conditions; however, they do not have to look like they belong on a commercial building. While some garage door companies boast that they have high-quality hurricane-rated garage doors, seldom can they offer the opportunity to add custom designs to their doors.
Instead of choosing a stock door with few design options, choose a one-of-kind, completely customized door from Cambek Designer Doors. We work with builders and architects to design and manufacture customized garage doors that are not only hurricane rated and can withstand the worst of conditions, but also can be custom-designed to match the style and beauty of your home.
We want to know what you want in your custom garage door. Get in touch with our team today to request a free design consultation.