Consumer replaces wooden garage door with hurricane-resistant model
Lake Worth, Florida, member Patricia Milian knew she needed to upgrade the exterior of her recently purchased house. In addition to the windows and doors, Milian says after 15 months, the time came to swap her old, wood garage door for a new one.
The house, built in 1968, still had the original garage door. Not only did Milian have a 46-year-old wooden door on her garage, but it wasn’t up to current standards for hurricane resistance. Living in a hurricane-prone region, Milian not only wanted but required a door capable of withstanding brutal winds and also complied with current codes.
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“I live in South Florida, so a wood garage door is not the best to have,” Milian says. “It’s best to have a hurricane-impact rated product that complies with Miami-Dade [County] Codes and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. So, that is what I was looking for.”
Milian paid highly rated At Your Service Garage Doors of Lake Worth $1,450 to install the new metal door. The experience provided Milian with the door she needed plus unexpected extra garage space.
Owner John-Michael Soler noticed Milian needed more space in the garage. He recommended Milian get a door by South Florida manufacturer DAB. In addition to hurricane resistance, the structural beam is inside the door instead of on the back of the door, which is inside the garage. While it might not seem like a big deal, that small change gives Milian about 4 inches more space in her garage.
“If you have a ton of stuff like I have in my garage, every inch counts,” Milian says.
Not only does Milian have a new, metal door that can withstand hurricanes, the noise is muffled.
“The previous door had steel rollers, and they are noisy,” Milian says. “This new door has nylon rollers — a lot quieter, and less maintenance is required.”