A business owner in Omaha, NE, contacted us for a garage door maintenance job before the next storm season. They had found several problems with the wind resistance of their door after the last storm that hit their area. So, before the next round of severe weather hit, they wanted to be sure everything was in good working order. We discovered that some hinges and rollers were worn out during the inspection. Additionally, we found some storm braces and garage door struts were rusted and corroded and would not stand up to strong winds unless repaired. The business owner agreed to the cost estimate for the repair and upkeep, and we got to work immediately. The client was amazed by how smoothly the garage door operated when we tested it after we finished the full maintenance. That is the level of workmanship we have at Titan Garage Doors NE.

As severe weather approaches, protecting your business from potential damage is important. Proper maintenance and reinforcing your garage door is an excellent way to increase its resilience and extend its lifespan. By taking simple precautions, you can protect your facility from severe weather damage and avoid expensive garage door repairs.

How to Improve the Strength of Your Garage Door

Wind damage is a leading cause of garage door failures. When shopping for a commercial garage door, opt for a wind-rated door. These doors can withstand wind and storm damage during hurricanes and other extreme weather events. If you have an older, weaker door, consider replacing it with a code-approved model. If a replacement is out of the question, you can reinforce your existing garage door with retrofit solutions.

How to Increase Your Garage Door’s Sturdiness With Retrofit Methods

Garage door reinforcement struts

Horizontal garage door struts (also called supports or reinforcement bars) are metal rods installed on the interior of a garage door. They help support the door’s weight when it is open and reinforce it against damage from bad weather. Without adequate strutting, the door’s weight can cause bending or bowing, damaging panels and the door opener. Garage door struts are available in lengths, from 9 to 18 feet, with longer options also available.

In some cases, you should install more struts across the top panel section of your garage door for added support. It is highly recommended for garage doors in areas prone to inclement weather. Other factors to consider when installing struts are the thickness and materials of your door. For example, a lightweight garage door that is not insulated will tend to bow more than one that is insulated with polyurethane foam.

Note: When installing a new garage strut, be aware that it will add weight to the door. As a result, it may require recalibrating the door to compensate for the weight change. In some cases, you may need new heavy-duty torsion springs.

Storm braces for garage doors

Installing storm braces on your garage door is an effective way to stabilize the door and prevent damage during severe weather conditions. Storm braces are typically made from strong aluminum or steel materials and can be attached to your garage doors’ top. These braces help keep your commercial garage door in place during strong winds, storms, and hurricanes.

This support is fastened to the garage wall or, in certain situations, the ceiling. It has two arms that extend from one end, and when an impact happens on the other end, it will prevent all of the force from being concentrated at one point. One of the benefits of using a storm brace is that it will help to extend the life of your garage door hardware by providing additional support. It can also help to improve the overall performance of your commercial door.

Commercial garage doors require professional maintenance to guarantee their dependability and safety. Titan Garage Door NE is your top choice for garage door service in Omaha, NE, and the surrounding areas. Our team is experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of garage door maintenance and repair, so you can be sure that you are in good hands. We provide a full range of services, including garage door reinforcement strut installation, storm brace installation, and more. Contact us today to book a consultation with one of our experts!