Garage doors can be easily damaged by high winds during a hurricane or severe storm. Metal reinforcement kits are available that attach to the concrete slab and framing above the door to provide two additional points of support, or you can make your own garage door reinforcement from 2x4s.

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To make your own garage door reinforcement, start by attaching a 2×4 to the concrete floor inside the door using lead shields or concrete screws.


Next, make two sturdy braces from 2x4s by attaching them together into a “T” shape. Extend the 2×4 on the brace that faces the outside of the garage 1½” to allow for attachment to the floor plate.

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Make two support brackets from 2x4s and attach them to the framing above the door.

securing brackets

Secure the braces to the brackets above the door using bolts.

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Secure the braces to the 2×4 plates on the floor with screws from the outside of the brace into the floor plate.

Brace attached to floor plate

Unplug the garage door operator to prevent the door from accidentally opening while the braces are in place.

Check out our Hurricane Help page for more information.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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