If you are reading this article, you have likely experienced first-hand, and cursed, the winds of West Texas. The areas of Amarillo, Texas and the Texas Panhandle have one thing in common, and it is the powerful gusts that often hit these areas.
In June 2013, thunderstorms produced hail that was the size of golf balls, and winds that moved at speeds of 81MPH. When the storms died out, the winds still prevailed, causing Interstate 40 to shut down for two hours east of Amarillo due to the blowing dust. Amarillo also suffered at least 7,000 power outages and the derailment of a train near Panhandle. So what does all this have to do with garage doors, you ask? Well, your garage door is one of your home’s best defenses against Amarillo winds, flying dirt, dust and debris.
What precautions can be taken against strong Texas Panhandle winds?
Residents and contractors are very aware of the potential damage that the high winds of West Texas can cause. Residential and commercial buildings are therefore constructed with fortification against these strong winds. The same constructional fortification needs to be done for garage and overhead doors. A door that is not wind-rated and tested can force it open. This can cause a buildup of internal pressure that can get out of control, causing a serious blowout of the roof and supporting walls of a home or business.
The government has done its part to reinforce security by adopting the International Building Code (IBC). When this law was adopted, the issue of wind-load went past Florida to other hurricane hotspots including California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.
How are garage doors fortified?
A professional Amarillo garage door company will know how to install garage doors that can withstand extremes like high winds and hail. This is done in a number of ways. One is by adopting the WindCode. This is the registered name for garage door products that are have been tested and found to comply to the wind resistance requirements that are included in local, state and national building codes. The program includes the engineering, sales and marketing programs that are created to help buyers to understand code issues and choose the best garage door for specific regions.
Another way that a garage door can be reinforced against high winds is with stiffeners. Those that are made of steel will have a steel stiffener installed. They are installed at the top edge of the garage door which prevents the door from jamming.
Insulation is another way the professionals can reinforce garage doors against high winds. Insulation also creates a buffer layer that that the winds will run into rather than hitting the door directly and possibly bringing it down.
Who knows how to install heavy-duty garage doors to withstand Amarillo winds?
Willow Creek Overhead Door is the Amarillo garage door company to call to protect your home and property against the high winds, and subsequent flying dirt and dust of the Texas Panhandle. It’s a windy city out here in Amarillo, and you may not realize how important it is to have a heavy-duty garage door to protect your home and business. With more than 10 years repairing and installing garage and overhead doors in Amarillo, Willow Creek Overhead Door is very familiar with the area’s damaging winds. Contact these friendly professionals today for a free estimate.