Garage Door Security Tips

The safety of your home is of the utmost importance, and garage doors play an integral role in this aspect. Intruders often choose to enter a property via the garage door; it is often left unlocked by mistake.

Here are some handy tips to keep intruders at bay:

Lock garage doors

As stated above, this is the most basic safety measure so burglars can’t enter. If you have to manually open and close your garage doors, it goes without saying that you should always keep them locked. Most houses nowadays have automatic garage door openers, which make garage doors far more difficult (but not impossible) for a thief to get past. If you are going on a holiday, clamp a padlock on one of the door tracks to ensure they remain closed. It is also a good practice to keep your exterior garage service door and interior garage access door locked at all times.

Zip tie the emergency door release

All automatic door openers have an emergency release lever that typically has a red cord attached to it, so you can open or close garage doors during a power outage. By pushing in on the top of the garage door and creating just enough of a gap, intruders can access the cord or lever by fishing for them with a wire hook and then pulling, which would open the door. Securing the release lever with a zip tie prevents tampering.

Upgrade to modern technology

Replace outdated garage door openers with automatic ones that guarantee excellent security. They are quieter and more energy efficient as compared to older models. Another great feature of some modern garage door openers is smart technology, which lets you monitor and operate your garage doors remotely. If anyone is trying to break into your garage, you can set it up and get an alert message on your phone.

Maintain garage doors

Old garage doors that are warped, have faded paint, and don’t provide a tight door seal aren’t just detracting from your curb appeal and hurting your home’s energy efficiency, but are compromising security as well. Replace your outdated garage doors with any of the wide selection of modern styles. They should be sturdy and durable, while acting as a deterrent.

Install a garage security system like alarms and CCTV surveillance, so you can keep an eye on suspicious activity around the exterior of your home!

Winter Maintenance for Garage Doors

A broken garage door is more than an inconvenience because it leaves the home open to harsh winter elements. That is why it is necessary to maintain garage doors when the weather turns cold.

Here are a few tips:

Wipe down weather stripping and check for cracks

The weather strip might get frozen to the pavement. If this happens, you will face trouble opening the door, especially if there are cracks in the stripping. Dry your weather stripping to avoid this issue altogether. If you notice cracks, they have to be fixed right away.

Clean dirt from the door, track, and rollers

As you use your garage door, dirt and grime builds up on it, as well as on the track, and rollers. It might not seem like a big deal now, but you have to clean the dirt before winter sets in. If you neglect this problem, the dirt traps in moisture, which freezes and causes difficulty while opening the door.

Lubricate all moving parts

All moving components have to be lubricated thoroughly, as they tend to get cold and stuck during winter. Lubrication ensures smooth operation at all times. Don’t overdo – wipe off excess lubricant.

Tighten the hardware

Garage doors move up and down thousands of times a year. When you do the same thing day after day, the garage door wears out after some time. Parts become loose, so they have to be tightened periodically, or they might fall off. Go in with a socket wrench whenever you get the chance and tighten up any brackets and bolts.

Test door balance

When the garage door balance is off, the opener is forced to work harder, so it might have to be replaced sooner. Disconnect the opener by pulling the release handle so the door moves about halfway up. If it doesn’t stay in place then there is a problem with your balance and you have to get it fixed professionally.

Inspect and replace your rollers

No matter what material your rollers are made out of they need to be inspected at least twice a year and replaced after seven. These numbers go up if you rely on your garage door a lot. If you notice the rollers are cracked or chipped, replace them without further delay. Remove and reinstall any roller brackets that aren’t attached to the cable system. Lastly, listen for any unusual sounds made by the garage door when it is being opened or closed, as these noises usually indicate faulty mechanisms.

Summer Maintenance Tips for Garage Doors

Maintaining the garage door during summer time is a must, as it plays an integral role in keeping the garage cool. Rest assured, you don’t have to resort to complex mechanisms, as remembering a few simple pointers are sufficient.

Insulation

Most garages lack insulation. Proper insulation drastically reduces the heat and lowering the garage’s temperature. Try upgrading to a new garage door that is already insulated and ready to combat the hot summer months. It will not only help cool down your garage but add an updated look to your home.

Get air flow

Getting some air moving in your garage is the quickest and easiest way to cool it down. Start by opening your garage door at least a foot to let out some of the pent up hot air. Fans also work wonderfully at getting some air movement inside a stagnant garage.

Fill all holes

Garages can be pretty drafty, letting hot air in and trapping it there. Take a moment to search your garage for any holes and then fill them. Use caulk at any visible gaps, such as between garage doors, or add weatherstripping to the bottom of your garage door to make your garage even more insulated.

Reinforce the door

During summer storm and hurricane season, it is all the more important to fortify your garage door from extreme weather conditions. Check to ensure there are no holes or openings within your garage door. Add proper reinforcements to keep your home and family safe during storms.

Wash it

Give the doors a good soak and wash when the weather is nice to remove dirt, grease and grime. You just need a simple mixture of water and a mild household detergent, as well as a wash cloth or sponge. Rinse thoroughly.

Test the door

Open and close the door to check for proper operation. Be on the lookout for strange noises or a door that closes halfway down. This is a serious safety issue that should be addressed right away.

Being in the garage when it is hot and humid outside can be miserable, and can cause you to forgo your project or workout and head back inside to the cool air conditioning inside your house. Don’t let the weather outside dictate your schedule when some tips can help to cool off the space so you can continue work in peace. Keep these summer maintenance tips in mind once spring knocks on the door!

Three Tips for Garage Door Safety

Garages provide safety, shelter, and convenience for whatever is stored inside. Whether it’s a car, a workshop, or your primary storage area, Secure for Sure knows just how important it is to keep your property and belongings secure. You would think, like a garage door company, that our top priority is the safety and security of your belongings within the garage itself, but you would be mistaken.

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