Housing expensive tools and equipment and frequently left unlocked by unsuspecting homeowners, the garage is one region of the home that’s more susceptible to a break-in. Even though advancements in garage door builds and technology make a higher level of safety and security easier for homeowners to attain, you want to make sure what’s convenient for you isn’t convenient for a thief to use too.
We asked the garage door specialists at Precision Garage Door of Delaware & Maryland what they recommend homeowners do to maximize the safety and security of their garage door to avoid break-ins. Check out their tips below.
1. Replace Your Old Garage Door
If you and your family still use the manual garage door that came with your property when you purchased it, you can automatically up your door’s security factor by replacing it with a modern, automatic door version.
Today’s doors are built with much stronger materials than they were in the past, and many include an auto-locking feature (when closed) and remotes for the homeowner and your own code and keypad, giving you more control over your garage’s security.
Have questions about buying a new garage door for your old home? Check out these tips.
2. Keep the Door Closed
How many times has closing the garage door slipped your mind on a busy morning when you’re running late?
When the garage door is up for hours on end and no one’s around, it’s basically as if you’re having an open house for anyone passing by. Don’t make it so easy for someone to stroll right in; keep the door closed whenever you’re out of its sight.
3. Cover Windows
Seeing is believing and concealing the contents of your garage by covering up its windows is one of the simplest ways to deter a thief on the prowl.
And you don’t have to get black-out curtains to do so. We recommend applying a frosted non-transparent film to the door’s windows. This will keep your garage’s goods hidden from plain view but also won’t stop sunlight from passing through.
4. Lock It Up
For many homes, access to the garage often means access to the house itself.
We encourage homeowners to install a deadbolt or padlock on both their garage doors and the door that leads into the house. Locking your garage door while you’re away may be all it takes to remove your home from a burglar’s list of easy targets.
5. Keep Your Door Professionally Maintained
An uncared for door that’s on the verge of a breakdown is at a higher risk of being broken into. Did you know that garage door manufacturers recommend that your garage door’s system and its corresponding parts be inspected and repaired once a year?
The best way to stay on top of these annual checkups is to enroll in a garage door maintenance plan with a trusted garage door services company. Not only will you get the peace of mind that your door is operating as it should and keeping your family safe, you’ll save money on costly repairs in the future.
6. Consider Automated Systems
Investing in an automated system for your garage door is a way to dial up your garage’s security IQ quite a few notches. These savvy programs feature a door position sensor, control module, and complementary smartphone app for owners to install and use.
Precision Door offers an excellent smart opener from one of the industry’s most trusted brands: the LiftMaster MyQ system. Customize your settings to receive alerts from MyQ when your garage door is opened and even check in on the status of the door’s position when you’re not at home and close it via the app if necessary.
Garage Door Safety is in Your Hands
Whether you’re in the market for a new garage door or looking to hire a professional to help you maintain your current system, you should choose a service provider who fundamentally looks out for the safety of you and your family.
Precision Door of Delaware is a reputable garage door services company that’s been helping Delaware and Maryland homeowners keep their families and homes safe and secure for over 25 years.
We pride ourselves on offering quality products and parts installed and replaced by trained and certified garage door technicians. Get in touch with us to move forward with fortifying your garage door’s security with a free at-home consultation today.