How to Keep Your Garage Safe and Secure

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Your garage stores your car, tools, equipment, and other valuables that we normally want to keep safe but separate from the main house. However, garages can also be a vulnerable area of a home, often serving as a primary entrance and exit way and being more isolated than others areas of the house. While most of us likely live in safe neighborhoods, there’s always the unfortunate risk that opportunistic burglars may be unable to avoid the temptation of an unsecured garage. To make sure that your garage is as safe as possible from even attempted break-ins, here are a few tips that you can follow for keeping your garage secure:

Always Keep the Door Closed and Locked :-

Never leave the garage door open, even if somebody is at home. Anyone who passes by or bothers to look in may find something interesting to them, especially if there is anything valuable kept in the garage. Do not leave windows open and keep both doors and windows locked when no one is around. For homes with attached garages, it is recommended that the door leading to the house be kept locked and even equipped with a double lock for added security.

Keep the Area Well Lit :-

A brightly lit garage makes thieves and burglars uneasy because they could be easily seen attempting a break-in. Install lights at all doors, and even around windows if possible. Exterior lighting, such as recessed lights or wall lamps not only adds a layer of security, but also nighttime beauty to your home as well. If you’re concerned about energy consumption or need an extra layer of lighting security, install motion detecting floodlights that only turn on when someone is nearby. These bright lights will let you and others know that there was unexpected movement in the area and will surely scare many potential thieves away.

Cover Garage Windows :-

Install covers or curtains over the windows in your garage to prevent anyone from seeing any tools or high-value equipment you might have. Use sheer materials such as fabric or plastic sheets that allow light in but prevent anything inside the garage from being seen.

Install a Reliable Garage Door

Your garage door should serve as a strong, solid obstacle between the interior and the outside world. Even if you are looking to secure your garage in a safe neighborhood, it’s still a good idea to choose a door that is built with high-quality materials yet maintains a welcoming aesthetic, such as our recessed panel door, the Cambridge; our classic or elongated raised-panel garage door, the Standard+; or our carriage-house-style garage door, the Eastman Estate. All of which are made from 1 ¾” thick galvanized steel with a polyurethane-injected core. If you intend to use your garage to store highly valuable equipment, tools, or other items, then it’s often a smart decision to choose a solid steel door with no windows or easily accessible openings. For example, our Top Tech is made from 23-gauge hot-galvanized steel and reinforced with 14-gauge plates around hinges and handles.

Install an Alarm System

Even a simple door sensor can work as a deterrent to would-be thieves. Door sensors can send out an audible alarm when the garage door is opened, discouraging anyone who tries to sneak in. Another option is a remote door sensor that triggers a silent alarm by sending a signal to a remote monitor or receiver when the door is opened. Many garage door openers also have built-in security features, including a self-closing system or the ability to monitor when the door is opener or closed. Many openers now often integrate with smartphone apps, so you can even open or close your garage door over the Internet.

Never Share Your Security Code

If you have a wireless keypad installed outside of your garage, never tell anyone what the security code is. When using the keypad, make sure no one sees the numbers that you press. If you have to share the code with anyone for any reason, make sure it is someone you can truly trust and be sure to change the code regularly to make it difficult for anyone to guess what it is.

Bring the Keys to the Garage with You

When you’re away from home, always be sure to keep your house and garage keys on you rather than leaving them in the car or in a secret hiding place at home. For example, if your keys are left in your car and it gets broken into, a thief has easy access to your garage if they know where you live. If the garage door is operated with a remote, consider a keychain type remote that can be carried in your pocket, purse or bag with a key ring.

Hide Your Remote Control in Your Car

Do not leave the remote for your garage door opener clipped to your sun visor. Hide it in the glove compartment or another concealed storage spot in your car. If someone breaks into your vehicle and find your registration papers, and therefore your address, it would be easy for them to use the remote to enter your home. To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!  CALL (888) 691-4045 FOR 24HR EMERGENCY SERVICE

Converting a Basement Area into a Garage

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Is your home limited in storage space? Do you wish you had a convenient place where you could safely put away your tools, lawnmower or recycling bins?

Many homeowners struggle with inadequate storage space in their homes. When thinking outside the box, one homeowner found a creative solution to solve this problem. He converted a basement area into a garage. Instead of keeping the patio doors leading from his walk-out basement, the homeowner replaced them with a garage door equipped with an electric opener. He then added insulation to the rooms’ walls and ceiling in order for the garage to be up to code.

Although this new garage space was not needed for his car, the homeowner now has lots of storage, including room for his snowmobile and motorcycle.

Garaga makes garage doors of every size. They can make a door as small as 4 feet wide by 6 feet high, or one as wide as 20 feet. Their doors can even be installed to create an RV garage! They can customize the door you choose so it fits perfectly in your space. All your needs and wants can become reality with Garaga.

When customizing your garage door, we recommend incorporating windows in your design. They allow natural light to pour in while adding charm and interest to your door. Here, we have placed the beautiful “Panoramic” model from Garaga. If privacy is an issue, the windows can be made with satin or tinted glass. All windows in Garaga garage doors are made with tempered glass in order to keep everyone safe.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!

Opening Your Garage Door During A Power Outage

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Those who have experienced the convenience that an automatic garage door offers will likely never go back to a manually opening door. Especially in bad weather, there’s no better feeling than a simple click of the button keeping you and your belongings dry. That being said, that same storm might bring with it power outages that could leave your garage door incapacitated and you stuck out in the cold. On the flip side, when you’re inside the garage with no power and you need to get out for work it’s important to understand these tips on how to open a garage door manually.

Trip the Trigger

Virtually all garage door openers have a bypass switch for situations such as when the power goes out, a motor goes awry, or the remote opener dies. On most garage door openers there is a rope with a handle on the end (usually red). This manual release handle disengages the trolley from the attachment point to the rail. Pulling on this rope will put the garage into manual mode so if the door is up, it might come crashing down. To be safe, always activate the handle when the garage door is closed.

Staying in Manual Mode

The red rope controls the spring attachment in the trolley. If the power is going to be out for a long period of time or the opener motor is malfunctioning, then you may have to stay in manual mode. When you want to continually open the door in manual mode it’s important to pull the rope down and towards the back of the garage (or the motor) so that it doesn’t get caught on the tracks.

Reattaching the Door When Power Returns

After utility crews have restored power in your house, you’ll likely want to take full advantage of the conveniences of an automatic door again. To reengage the trolley attachment, simply pull down on the cord but this time towards the garage opening to keep the lever from engaging. Pull up on the door until it snaps into place and you’re back in automatic mode. If that’s too confusing, simply hit the button on the remote opener and the track will force the spring attachment back into place.

Things to Remember About the Release Cord

Something to keep in mind about using manual mode is that even though some components in the track or door may be corrupted, the automatic system will keep the garage functioning. Weak or broken springs and cables are aided by the track, making the garage one cohesive unit. Of course, when you disengage the track, bad things can happen.

  • If possible, only use the release cord when the garage is in the down position. This might not be an option if a power outage occurs when the door is up, but when the handle is released the door will come crashing down.
  • If the door must be disengaged when in the up position, use 2X4’s to prop open the door for safe closing.
  • Clear the area of people and objects when releasing in the up position.
  • Don’t hang from the cord if it doesn’t release. It takes some force to disengage the lever but hanging from it could cause damage to the rope or lever.

If you find there is damage to a cable or the door opens unevenly, make sure to contact one of our experts. Tension springs and other garage features can be dangerous to work with and doing a DIY project could result in irreversible damage. Our certified professionals have the tools and experience at their disposal to repair your garage opener safely and efficiently.

Opening Your Garage Door from the Outside

It’s important to get familiar with the layout of the garage door opener spring mechanism in non-emergency situations. If you’re locked out when the power is out and the garage is your main way of accessing the home, it may be possible to release the lever from the outside. Placing a shim in the weather stripping near the top of the garage and sliding a bent clothes hanger in to flip the lever will enable the door to be opened manually. Of course, this is a great security risk, so you’ll have to weigh the options on whether installing a secure shield or being able to engage your door manually from outside is more important.

To be safe and lower risks, it is best to hire a professional garage door specialist.  The specialist can determine and address the problems of your garage door and propose a feasible solution.  Feel free to contact us any time for help.  Call Yuval at (215) 805-9209 or visit SecureGarages.com – don’t forget our Awesome Amazon Local Deal!  Garage adjustment, reconditioning + safety inspection. and for another $34 we will replace up to 8 rollers!  Mention Code: Secure4Sure10 to get another 10% off your order!