Is My Garage Door Secure?
March 14, 2016
The garage is one place in your home where security always seems to get relaxed. This is part of the reason why it is also the entryway most commonly broken into. However, there are a couple of extra precautions you can take to make you feel a bit safer and make it far more difficult to gain access to your garage and your home.
1. †Stop Leaving Your Remote in Your Car!
The first place a robber looks when trying to break into your home is your visor. Don't leave your garage door opener on your visor or anywhere in your car. You wouldn't leave the rest of your keys in your vehicle, would you? Your garage door opener is a key to your home and should be kept with the other keys. You can get a keychain remote practically anywhere which will allow you to keep the remote with you at all times, where it belongs.
2. †Invest in a Garage Door Timer
You know that terrible feeling you get in the pit of your stomach when you think you may have forgotten something. Just like that super convenient automatic shut off on the iron that keeps your house from burning down, you can buy garage door openers with automatic timers that close a few minutes after they are opened. Serious peace of mind!
3. †Secure Your Garage Windows
If your garage door already has windows, consider getting them frosted. This will keep anyone from being able to see in while not having to sacrifice aesthetics or light. When you are looking to buy a new garage door and like the look of windows, the safest place for them is on the top panels. This will at least keep people from seeing in without stepping up on something.
4. †Lock Up When on Vacation
When you leave town for a few days, always be sure to unplug your automatic opener. And for an added level of security, a simple padlock inserted through the holes on the track should keep your garage locked up tight.
5. †Install a Deadbolt on Interior Garage Door
For all intents and purposes, this door should be just as secure as your front door. If you don't want to go to the extreme of installing a deadbolt, at least be sure to keep this door locked. Adding a wide view peephole is also a good idea, as it is much safer to be able to see out if you are worried, than having to open the door to the unknown.
If you have any questions on the best ways to secure your garage door, give our professionals at†Precision Door Seattle†a call anytime!
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Repair or Replace?
As the largest moving part in your home, the safe, secure, and efficient operation of your garage door is essential.
When your garage door opener stops working properly, it can often be repaired without too much problem and repair is typically a less expensive option than replacing your unit. We often recommend repair over replacement for this reason.
There are times when replacement is your best option:
- If your opener is more than 15 years old we recommend replacement to improve the safe operation of your door. Note: Federal Regulations (UL 325) were updated in 1993 making garage door openers safer.
- If we have safety concerns with a specific Brand or the manufacturer has been successfully sued for safety defects, we will not repair that model.
- If there are no photo electric safety eyes present on your system, we will not be able to repair the unit.
- If the brand no longer exists, parts will be unavailable & replacing your opener is usually the only option.
At Precision Garage Door Service of Puget Sound, we take pride in our work and our reputation. That's why we back everything we do with an outstanding warranty.
Give us a call, we‚Äôre happy to answer any of your questions.