Hurricane season is just around the corner. It officially runs from June through November, peaking from August to October, and you never know when the next big storm is about to tear through your town. It’s never too early to start preparing! Get your home and your garage ready for the upcoming hurricane season.
Many of us have garages that are cluttered and full to the brim; we can’t fit our cars in the garage, much less other items that need to be stored with it during a hurricane. Utilize your overhead storage to reclaim valuable floor space, get organized, and bring your car into your garage before the storm.
Your garage door isn’t as strong as you might think; it can be easily damaged by the speed and strength of hurricane-force winds. Purchase a metal reinforcement kit from your local home repair store to provide additional support, or research how to make your own door reinforcement by using 2x4s.
Protecting your door is crucial. According to the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, around 80% of residential hurricane damage starts with wind coming in through open garage doors. Not only will this ruin your cabinets, but the buildup of internal air pressure can lead to your roof getting torn away.
You don’t want any hazards left loose in your front yard to go crashing through your home or garage windows. Trim any dead tree limbs, bring in patio furniture or playground equipment, and gather any loose tools left outside. Use your slatwall storage system to hang bicycles, store sports equipment, and organize pool cleaning supplies. If you have a trampoline that needs a temporary home during the storm, you can bring it into your garage as well! Use our hooks to hang it securely on the wall by your bicycles.
Windows are a vulnerable area, so make sure that you take time to board them up. This can take a considerable amount of time, so remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry and to start boarding your windows as quickly as possible. Lowe’s offers a helpful guide on this here.
Hurricane season is right around the corner, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. The garage organization Orlando experts at Garage Design works can help you prepare! Call us at 407-447-8890 to learn more.