Australia is a great place to live. However, every year from November to April, cyclones affect the eastern, northern and western coastlines, so whether you live in the city or the rural area, learning to protect yourself, your family and your property from cyclones can assist in minimising the potential losses and trauma that you might suffer.

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Roller doors damaged after being hit by cyclone. Source: Cyclone Testing Station, JCU.

A number of studies have discovered one of the common failures during cyclone event was disengagement of roller doors from their tracks. This left the door curtain free to flap in the opening and allowed wind and water to enter the house, which caused the roof and walls to fail. On some buildings, the change in internal pressure caused other damage to the structure. Failure through buckling of sectional garage doors was also observed.

In 2012, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) changed the regulations to make garage doors more resistant to severe wind damage. This work has resulted in a very good understanding of effective garage door design to resist severe tropical cyclones.

So in repairing and rebuilding after wind damage, it is important that the current codes and standards are followed. In cyclone areas it is not possible to predict whether an element will be on a windward, leeward or side face, so all building elements must be able to perform regardless of the wind direction.

As the largest point of entry, your garage door offers the largest opportunity for high-pressure destruction. When selecting a rolling door, ask for products that are specified to resist the design wind speed for your house location. These garage doors have wind locks or other braces to help resist the wind loads. This will give your house the best chance of performing well and safeguarding the lives of you and your family during these types of events in the future.

You need to ensure that your builder is aware and understands mandatory design standards for wind loads as required by current Australian law.

To reduce the risk, it is recommended that you install garage doors that are adequately wind and debris rated.

Steel-Line Cyclone Garage Doors are designed to protect your family and property:

· Stringently tested to meet wind load requirements
· Reinforced hardware throughout product
· Lasting durability
· Eye-catching curb appeal
· Trouble-free performance
· Various design options to meet size requirements

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