Posted on: March 8, 2021
Hurricane season arrives each year in Florida in June, and it doesn’t end until November. While hurricanes can be terrifying, you can put proper safeguards in place to protect your home and limit damages when a bad storm hits. Installing hurricane shutters to protect your windows, bringing your outdoor furniture inside, and storing all your lawn supplies will reduce your risks during a hurricane.
Another important step you can take is to get a hurricane-rated garage door. Your garage door is one of the largest openings in your home. You’ll probably store your car inside your garage during a storm, and you want to keep both your vehicle and your house safe. A hurricane-rated garage door provides the extra assurance you need and meets wind-code requirements in South Florida.
You can choose from many garage door styles, but people often wonder if it’s possible to buy hurricane-rated glass garage doors to deliver the attractive aesthetics they want for their home. Is glass capable of providing the protection you need? Learn more about hurricane-rated doors and which materials manufacturers use to make them.
What Makes a Garage Door Approved for Florida Wind Code?
Florida has a Wind Code designed to protect residents by ensuring they have homes made of durable materials that can stand up to heavy winds. The farther south in Florida you live and the closer to the coastline, the more likely your home is to face the most damaging winds of hurricanes.
The Florida Wind Code that governs your home depends on a range of factors, including:
- Home structure, such as one or two stories
- Size of your door
- Height of your home
- Minimum wind speed your home must withstand
If you live in Dade or Broward counties, your door is required to meet the missile-impact rating. Depending on your location, you may also live in the wind-borne debris region, where windows must be missile-impact-rated as well.
Is a Glass Garage Door Approved by Florida Wind Code?
Traditional glass garage would not survive a strong hurricane. but you can find hurricane-rated glass garage doors that are designed to weather the storm.
The way manufacturers engineer hurricane-rated glass garage doors ensure they can stand up to storms the same way as doors made from different materials. The rigorous test for hurricane rating means a door can withstand both high winds and impact.
At Broten, all of our garage doors are hurricane-rated in Florida including our full-view glass garage doors. The glass doors include heavy-duty aluminum frames to protect the structure of the door. You can choose from options such as:
- Clear, colored or frosted impact-rated glass
- Aluminum Frames in Bronze, White, and also Clear Anodized