There was a good article we came across about protecting your garage this summer and fall from Hurricanes. Now, we don’t get too many natural disasters here in New York, but we figured if you are in Queens County, or any surrounding areas such as Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Astoria, etc…, you might find this article particularly helpful.
Making Your Queens Garage Door Hurricane Proof
As heavy as garage doors are, they are not immune to getting damaged by high velocity winds during a severe storm. This fact doesn’t change in Queens, New York. So what we are going to do is go over to a local Home Depot. You can find one on Woodhaven Boulevard, in Queens, or in East Elmhurt, NY. Buy a metal reinforcement kit and attach it to the concrete slab and frame above your garage door. Support this with two points of support, or just simply create 2x4s.
To make your own reinforcements, screw in a 2×4 to the concrete floor inside the door in the garage. To do this, you can use something like concrete screws and a screw driver and drill it right into the ground. We are then going to attach two 2×4’s together, and in a T-shape extend the other 2×4 that faces the garage. Attach this to the floor brace as well. You can now pull out some door bolts and attach the support brackets above the frame of the door, to the top of the door.
Lastly, you’re going to want to remove the wires from the automatic garage door opener if you have one installed. You’re not going to want the garage to accidentally try and open while you have wooden 2×4’s ensuring it won’t move. Hopefully this helps!