Now that we are in the middle of hurricane season in Florida and considering the non-tropical storm weather we have had the last few days, it is a good time to discuss what it means to have your house “Storm Ready” especially in terms of your garage.
Your garage door is the largest opening on your house; therefore, it is also the most vulnerable opening on the house. How do you know if it is storm ready?
Like everything else in real estate, location, location, location, determines what wind speed and impact rating your door must have to be considered safe by the State of Florida. The quickest way to determine what you need is to go to the ATC Windspeed by Location.
The ATC page allows you to put in your address and determine what wind speed your house needs to meet. The process is very simple. Select “Address (Enter Complete Address Below” and enter the full address. Once it has found your address it will fill in latitude and longitude at the top. Then you select the “Get Windspeed” button. It does the rest for you.
Once you have determined your wind speed, you must determine if your home is in an Exposure B or Exposure C region.
Exposure B – typically urban or suburban setting or wooded terrain.
Exposure C – open terrain with scattered obstructions, flat open ground, grasslands or shorelines in hurricane-prone regions.
Next you would determine the structural type of your home generic for seroquel.
Due to the complexity of installing WindCode garage doors, meeting codes and pulling permits, we highly recommend professional installation.
Using wind speed (MPH), exposure and structural type, find your required design pressure and WindCode “W” rating in the charts below.
Any Action Automatic Door & Gate Sales Consultant can help you through the process. Because we are concerned with our customer safety, we stock only appropriate wind speed and impact doors. Next week, we’ll discuss how to secure your door in case a hurricane does impact our area.