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Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors
Project: Storm-Ready Design, Episode 10, Part 3
Bob is on the newly poured pool deck as Don Humphrey and his crew apply the Texture-Krete finish to the top edge and traffic area of the pool. The concrete is treated with a bonding agent before the cement-and-polymer spray coating is sprayed on in textured drops. A crew member knocks down the drops with a trowel as soon as the wet gloss starts to fade. This 1/16-inch textured finish is painted with an acrylic masonry paint, applied in two coats and sealed. This deck is cool and slip-resistant and is pitched toward a drain that takes dirty poolside water away from the pool. In the house, Leonora Campos from Toto is in the guest lavatory where the sleek, two-piece Washlet 6300 with remote control wash, dry, and deodorize settings eliminates the need for toilet paper and repeat flushing. These ultra low-flow washlets flush clean the first time, save energy, water, and trees, and are more popular in Japan than microwave ovens. In the garage, Ernie Hutto from DAB Garage Doors is on hand for perhaps the most important feature in this storm-ready house – a hurricane-proof garage door with reinforced panels and tracks to prevent twisting, blow-in, and ultimate house failure.
- Part 1: Spraying On and Painting a Heat-Reflective Pool Deck
- Part 2: Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
- Part 3: Hurricane-Resistant Garage Doors
- Ernie Hutto from DAB Garage Doors explains that the garage door is the largest opening into any home. Hurricane winds can twist and shred a door, bringing wind force and pressure vacuums into the home and causing building failure. Hurricane Master doors are made of 24-gauge steel to make them more resistant to failure. DAB Hurricane Master doors are strengthened with their patented Interforce system that reinforces the top and bottom panels to prevent door twisting and blow-in. Denver Miller and his crew install the panels starting at the bottom. Reinforcing bars are integral to the design of these hurricane-resistant doors. The Interforce bars are added to the top and bottom panels to give more strength during high winds. The garage-door tracks are also reinforced with seven brackets, a flag bracket, and a 14-gauge steel track. This prevents the tracks from pulling, twisting, and blowing in during a hurricane. The garage door opener is also installed but, as Miller points out, it need not be heavy duty because the strength of the system relies on the torsion springs, not the opener. An opener's job is simply to guide the door, not pull it.
When hurricanes strike again and again, as they did in Florida in 2004, the effects are devastating. Bob Vila and crew work to completely rebuild a damaged house, using new standards for storm-ready housing. Along the way, Bob investigates a home's vulnerabilities in extreme weather and learns why some building systems fail and others succeed.
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