Reinforce or Replace

Approximately 80% of residential hurricane damage starts with wind entry through garage doors. Ideally, garage doors should be equipped with steel bracing.

Be sure to follow manufacturer's specifications when using or installing wind resistant and impact resistant products. Improper installation may cause a voided warranty or worse, a product failure that presents a threat to life and property.
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Installing a Bulkhead

Bulkheads usually come in kits. Lay out the pieces first and follow the directions step by step, and it should only take you four hours or so build. Before you secure all the bolts, make sure the doors close and latch properly. Then seal the base with mortar. Slope the edges to keep your bulkhead watertight and your basement dry.
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Vulnerable Garage Door

Garage doors are the most vulnerable to hurricane force winds for two reasons, first the relatively long span of opening that they cover, and second, the weak materials they are built with.

Many garage doors are constructed of lightweight materials to conserve weight and expense. Although their lighter weight makes them easier to raise and lower, it also makes them less resistant to the wind and impact forces of a hurricane.
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Glazed Door Options

There are several options when choosing a glazed door. For maximum light, consider a door with a large glass area. For privacy and security, opt for one or two small sections of glass, or glazing that is decorative and obscures the view into your house. If there is a possibility of ultraviolet (UV) damage to floors, rugs and furniture, consider choosing a glazing that resists UV rays.
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Penetrating Oil

Just about everyone knows to apply light penetrating oil or silicone spray to the hinges. But to really rid your door of squeaks, use your hammer and pry bar to lift the hinge pins up an inch or so. Apply the oil or spray to the top of the hinge, then wait a minute or two before you tap the pin back in place.
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Installing Locks

When installing a new or replacement lock, be sure the keyway is positioned so that the cuts of the key will be inserted upward. This will reduce the chance of dirt, dust, and water (which can turn to ice in cold weather) settling in the lock mechanism creating a lockout or stiff operation of the cylinder.
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Painting Doors

For paneled doors, remove all hardware or cover it with masking tape. (If some paint inadvertently gets on metal parts, wipe it up immediately with a soft cloth.) Paint the panels, working from top to bottom. For each panel, paint the molding first followed by the interior. Finally, paint the rest of the doorl finishing with the outer edges. If the door swings out, paint the hinged edge; if the door swings in, paint the lockside edge.
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Spring Screens

Spring is the perfect time to inspect door and window screens for tears. You can often repair small tears using a kit from your local hardware store. This will prevent insects from getting into your home, and keep you comfortable on the screened porch.
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