Garage doors can be a target point of entry for would be burglars. There are many ways to fortify your garage and turn it to a strong point of your home instead of a weakness with the potential to be breached fairly easily. We are going to outline ways that you can increase the security level of your garage in a 2-part blog entry. Part 2 will come next week and there may even end up being a part 3. Without further ado, let the fortification begin!
- Do not leave your garage remote in an obvious place: If you are like many homeowners, you probably keep your garage door opener clipped to the visor above the driver side of the car. This makes your garage infinitely more accessible because easy access is a breached car window away. Find a more thoughtful place to keep your garage door opener that won’t be so easily found.
- Secure your garage’s emergency release: Almost every garage door is equipped with an emergency release that can be manipulated to allow access without much exerted effort. Using a zip line or similar method to secure the emergency release will eliminate the option of using it to gain entry into your home.
- Make sure your windows are covered: If you have windows on your garage, it’s a wise move to cover them to eliminate visibility and a potential burglars ability to scout your garage as an entry point. It will also help keep the temperature in your garage down and keep your vehicles and belongings protected from extreme temperatures.
These are the first 3 tips in our series on increasing garage security. Most of these do not take a lot of time to put in place, but they could save you hours upon hours of dealing with the aftermath of a possible home invasion or robbery.
The famous Arizona Summer is right around the corner and it’s time to make preparations for your home to be able to endure the extreme conditions. One of the areas that would benefit from making proper preparations is your garage. There are plenty of ways to equip your garage to be able to shrug off anything the summer can throw at it. We are going to outline those in a 2 part blog over this week and next week.
- Make Sure Your Garage Door is Clean: Making sure your garage door is clean can prevent a lot of dust build up. If you have a metal garage door you can use a thin layer of car wax on each side of the door to repel dust and particles. Checking metal garage doors for rust is also a wise maneuver. If you have a wooden garage door, check for rot and make sure the door is in good health.
- Make Sure Your Garage Door Tracks, rollers etc are Clean and Lubricated: Any moving part of your garage door system should be clean and well lubricated. Make sure you use quality oils as the heat can dehydrate and dry the oil, leading to more friction being endured by your systems important moving components. Avoid WD-40, while popular and prevalent, it is not heavy duty or long lasting enough to adequately lube your garage door components with.
- Check on The Condition of Your System: Wear and tear on your garage door system is inevitable, but it should be tracked and accounted for. Eventually repairs will be necessary. If you notice that your garage door system isn’t in good condition, it may be time for professional repairs or replacement BEFORE the summer kicks into full swing. Prices go up for labor and installations in the summer.
- Make Sure Your Garage is Properly Ventilated and Insulated: No matter what you use your garage for controlling the temperature should be a priority. Some people who use their garage as a social area should consider installer a small air conditioner, but for those who use their garage for traditional purposes would benefit by keeping the temperature down. Insulation should be sufficient enough to keep the temp down to a level that won’t damage any belongings being stored or take a toll on your vehicle.
Replacing your garage door opener is an annoying and potentially costly experience. That said, if you are experiencing problems with your garage door don’t give up on it too quickly as there may be steps you can take to remedy the issue before you decide to shell out a significant amount of money to outright replace your garage door opener. You may only have a minor problem that isn’t very obvious. Here are two steps you can take to check your automatic garage door in the event that you are experiencing issue that interrupt it’s function.
Check the condition of your garage door:
The first thing you should check if you are having problems with your automatic garage door opener is the actual alignment of the garage door itself. The best way to do this is to try and manually open the door. If you find it difficult or hear grinding then your door may be out of alignment with its track. This can not only produce annoying grinding noises, it can leave your garage door system damaged and unable to function properly. While it may seem easy to write off, noises produced by your garage door opener or track system that were not apparent in the beginning are telling you that something has changed for the worse.
Check the condition of the automatic door opener:
If you are able to open the door manually without issue then the next step is to check on the condition of the automatic door opener. Check to make sure all of the lights are on before trying to operate the unit. If you find that the lights aren’t all on as they should be, check to make sure it’s properly plugged in and powered and check you circuit breakers. If the lights are on and it is malfunctioning, try resetting the unit and unplugging it before plugging it back in and trying again. Often times resetting the unit will fix the problem, but if it doesn’t it may be time for a repair or replacement.
While simple in practice, these easy steps can prevent making an expensive and uniformed decision in a moment of frustration which could save you further damage, injury, and money. Taking the educated approach is always best, which is why we encourage all home owners to become familiar with their automatic garage door openers. You don’t realize how important your garage door opener is until you no longer can enjoy the proper use of it.
Automatic garage door systems are simple in concept, but the system is more complex than most give them credit for being. Any automated system with multiple moving parts needs to be calibrated from time to time to make sure every moving element is in-line and operating efficiently. One thing that can occur with your automatic garage door is your garage door becoming unbalanced. If your garage door is in fact unbalanced, it can present increasing levels of danger as long as it goes unchecked.
Signs that your door may be unbalanced
There will be signs, or ‘symptoms’ if you will, that indicate that your garage door may be unbalanced. Some of those signs are:
- Your garage door appears to be uneven. The visual test is the easiest to apply and also one that tells you the severity of the issue because if you notice your garage door being uneven with a visual test you know that you need to fix it asap and you will be 100%
- If you open your garage door manually and the door starts to close on its own is a dead giveaway that you have an unbalanced garage door.
- If your garage door starts making new noises as you open and close it your door is starting to become unbalanced. The noises may be due to a cable or spring that is failing.
- If your door just outright won’t open, it is severely unbalanced
The Dangers Presented By Unbalanced Garage Doors
When your garage door is in the process of becoming unbalanced it could have a cable or spring failing that could snap at any minute which could cause the door to come down on a family member, pet or vehicle. Keep your family, pets and vehicles by keeping tabs on the condition of your automatic garage door system and making sure your garage door is balanced.
There are many different options out there when it comes to garage doors. This blog entry will be covering the pros of 3 different types of garage doors in order to help anybody who may be in the market for a new garage door make an informed and confident decision.
Chain Drive Doors:
The most common and tried and true option on the garage door market, chain drive doors are moved along a track and a bike-style chain that is used to move the trolley that the door is attached to. These doors tend to produce noise due to the nature of the operation and metal on metal contact. This lends them to being preferred for garages that are not attached to the main home. These doors can be made quieter with upgrades to the base system.
Screw Drive Doors:
Screw-drive garage door systems utilize a trolley that travels along a steel rod that is threaded and is rotated by a motor when the door is opened or closed. No belts or chains are needed for this style of garage door. The simplicity in the design of this garage door system is a reason why they are desired. A lower number of moving parts in contrast to other types of garage door systems allows the potential for repairs and replacements to be significantly lower.
Belt Drive Doors:
Belt drive doors are the luxury choice of garage door systems. The carry a low noise level because they use a belt instead of the chain used in Chain drive style doors. The lack of metal on metal contact significantly lowers the noise level. The belts are usually made from rubber, polyurethane or fiberglass. The efficiency and low noise level make these a premium style that carries extra cost for the extra benefits.