Independent Testing Results
- Secure Door was independently tested by the National Certified Testing Laboratories located in Orlando Florida
- Secure Door was found to exceed ASTM E330 and SBCCI retrofit wind speed standards
- Secure Door was selected by the University of Florida for their Windstorm Training Center hurricane model homes .
- Secure Door has received Statewide Florida Building Code approval (FL2364-R2) and (FL6420-R0) allowing it to be installed in any county within Florida.
Q: Can the Secure Door garage door braces be installed if I have horizontal braces on my garage door?
A: Yes, the multiple holes on the "deflection brackets" are designed to permit our brace to be installed behind horizontal bracing up to 4" thick.
Q: Can the Secure Door garage door brace be installed in the center of the garage door when an electric garage door opener is installed?
A: Yes, but the "hockey-stick" shaped arm that connects the garage door opener to the garage door must be released before the brace is installed (and re-attached after the brace is removed). This is normally done by removal of a cotter key and pin. Since you may do this several times during the period you own the brace, you may want to consider a quick-release cotter pin available for about $1 at most hardware stores.
Q: If my garage door is wood or fiberglass, will your Secure Door braces help?
A: Yes, our bracing system will strengthen most every garage door. However, we cannot determine how much our brace will improve your specific door's ability to withstand hurricane force winds. Our bracing system works in conjunction with your door and cannot compensate entirely for a garage door that is in poor repair or condition, improperly installed, or built of flimsy material. Garage doors that cannot withstand the impact of flying debris are subject to failure for reasons other than just high winds. Similarly, garage doors with windows are at great risk as the windows are often the weakest part of the garage door. Options to protect the window range from replacing that panel of the door to fabricating a shutter to cover them, or adding some form of covering securely mounted inside the door to cover the window area. Of course, the other options are to replace the door with a hurricane-resistant door or adding shutters to your garage to cover the garage door but these latter two options are relatively expensive and may require a building permit.
Q: How long does it take to receive the Secure Door garage door brace from the time our order is placed?
A: Normally we ship UPS ground within three business days after receipt of an order and the brace then takes a day or two to arrive if you live in Florida or two to three days in other areas on the East Coast of the United States. To obtain our braces quicker or to arrange for professional installation, please call us at (561) 931-2890.
Q: What do I do if I have windows in my garage door?
A: The windows must also be protected for the Secure Door bracing system to be effective. Some solutions we have seen utilized by homeowners are to replace the top panel with a panel that does not have windows. This approach would require ordering a panel from your garage door manufacturer that is compatible with your specific model of garage door. A second approach is to cover the windows with a "shutter" fabricated from plywood and securing bolted to the top panel of the door. A third approach we have seen utilized is to permanently mount Lexan inside the top panel behind the windows to provide added protection. Please note that none of these homeowner solutions have been laboratory tested to assess their effectiveness.