The Difference Between Wind-Rated and Impact-Rated Garage Doors


Hurricane season is officially here! It is crucial that you ensure your garage door is able to withstand Florida’s storm season so your home is not left to the elements. One way to secure your home’s largest entry point is to install an impact or wind-rated Garage Door. According to the Florida Building Code, all glazed openings within a structure must be impact-resistant or have impact coverings. Our team receives a lot of questions regarding the difference between wind and impact-rated doors. So, we’re here to explain the benefits and differences of both. Continue reading to find out what they are! 

Wind-Rated Doors

What is a Wind-Rated Door?

The design pressure of a wind-rated door equals or exceeds the design pressure for the garage door opening in which a door is to be installed. Wind-Rated garage doors can be designed to withstand up to 50lbs per square inch of positive or negative pressure. 

How Can I Tell If My Door Is Wind-Rated?

To determine the wind rating of your own garage door, look for a label on the back. This label explains the maximum wind strength range in miles per hour and (MPH) and the amount of pressure your door can withstand before breaking, illustrated in pounds per square foot (PSF). 

How Is It Measured? 

PSF can be measured in both positive and negative values (PSF+) and (PSF-). The negative pressure indicates the amount of wind pulling your door outwards. The higher the positive value, the more weight the door can handle before buckling and continue going UP & DOWN. A standard wind code value is 20 PSF.

Examples of Wind-Rated Doors

Our D & D team offers numerous wind-rated doors that will protect your home during hurricane season. Here are just a few you can install for your garage. 

Clopay Canyon Ridge Limited Edition

Clopay Avante 

Wayne Dalton 6600

Impact-Rated Doors

What is an Impact-Rated Door and How is it Different? 

When hit by debris, an impact-rated door will still operate. Such strength and durability in a garage door safeguards the entire house to an extent that can potentially lower your home owner’s insurance. In the southeast region of Florida, an impact-rated door is required; however, it has become mandatory in other areas as well. 

How Can I Tell If My Door Is Impact-Rated?

The above label will be on the inside of your door, which determines if your garage door is impact-rated. This will indicate the impact and cycle rating. 

Examples of Impact-Rated Doors

Our D & D team offers numerous impact-rated doors that will protect your home during hurricane season. Here are just a few you can install for your garage. 

Clopay Grand Harbor

Wayne Dalton 8300 Colonial / Ranch

Clopay Premium Series (Wood Look)

Ready to Install?

In brief, installing a wind-rated door accompanied by an impact rating will provide you with maximum security and peace of mind during any storm. Our D & D team is here to HANDLE all of your garage door needs. Give our team a call today (888) 371-7242.