When many homeowners come to consider home security, many overlook the importance of the garage in preserving the safety of the home. This is despite the fact that the garage tends to be generously stocked with valuables like power tools, lawnmowers and, of course, cars. Getting access to the garage could also allow access to the rest of the house.
As a result of this, the garage door is often the weak point in many homes security. Depending on the kind of garage door you have, and your own comfort level, you may wish to ask a professional or consultant for advice on how to proceed. Retrofitting additional locks could cause damage to any motor and safety systems already installed and void the warranty on the product. If you have any doubts about how add security to your particular garage door you should first consult the manufacturer and/or supplier if possible.
Older Garage Doors
Older doors are more vulnerable to forced entry. Due to regular use and general wear and tear over several years, any garage door can become loose or rust over. Any or all of these issues would allow intruders easy access to your garage and possibly even your home. Unfortunately, these issues are unavoidable and will come up regardless of how well you look after and maintain your doors. Proper maintenance can certainly extend the doors lifetime, but eventually you will need to replace them with something new.
Although you should take steps to ensure you always close your garage door, accidents have been known to happen. Everyone makes mistakes. You shouldn’t rely on just your memory to make sure the garage door is closed. With a timer, supplied with some garage door openers made after 2011, you can force your garage door opener to close the door after a pre-determined amount of time.
Add More Security
After securing the garage door, you may also wish to look into additional security measures, like an alarm or motion detector lights. It’s important to have a few set up around the house, rather than just setting up one in one area.
Another thing that can easily be overlooked is the connecting door between the garage and main house. Installing a strong door, made of sturdy materials like metal or wood, with a deadbolt, can be a very effective deterrent to any break-ins.
Need an Upgrade?
Replacing your garage door is a great way to enhance the front of your house on a limited budget. Garaga doors are the industry standard for style, durability, insulation and energy efficiency.You can start by building your dream door, or by finding a Garaga dealer in your area.