Securing Your Entry Doors During Hurricane Season
Written by ETO Doors.
Hurricane season is always a difficult time for people living in the Gulf Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions. The possibility of a hurricane hitting their area is always present, so homeowners need to do whatever they can to protect themselves and their property from potential damage. This includes reinforcing entry doors to make sure they stay closed during strong winds.
This can be particularly challenging if you have double entry doors at the front of your house. These doors are typically not as strong as single doors, meaning that it is easier for them to get damaged or even knocked down when dealing with hurricane force winds. If you have exterior double doors, there are a few additional steps that you need to take in order to ensure your safety during a potential hurricane:
Secure the doors at the top and the bottom. You want to make sure that strong winds won’t cause your doors to break on either the top or the bottom. If only one of these places is secured, greater pressure will be put on the opposite end.
Replace existing deadbolts with stronger models. Check to see how strong the deadbolt is in your current door. If you think it is not strong enough, replace it with one that can resist damage in heavy wind situations. You can also install additional deadbolts or slide bolts to provide reinforcement.
Replace older doors even if they look fine. Wooden doors can be weakened or have damages even if they look as good as new after a quick glance. Do a thorough inspection of your exterior doors and replace them if you think they are getting old.
ETO Doors was founded in 2002 to give customers access to high end doors at the lowest prices. More than 100,000 customers have bought interior and exterior doors from the company since then.