How to Improve the Safety of Your Garage Door
As a model of reliability and convenience, your garage door and its opener offer easy access to your home without you having to leave your car and brave bad weather. You can also depend on it to keep your abode safe and secure if you follow these tips.
Don’t Leave the Remote in Your Car
Because you use the garage door opener remote from behind the wheel, your car would seem to be the most convenient place to store this technology. But anyone can break into your vehicle and find out where you live from the registration. They can then take your remote and open your garage door to burglarize your home. Put your opener on your keychain so you can always take it with you or store it at home away from the garage.
Obscure the Windows
Having windows at the top of your garage doors brings in sunlight to brighten up your garage. However, they also allow burglars to peek into your garage to see what you’ve parked or stored there. Having a garage door without windows is ideal, but if you’re already stuck with them, spray them with frosted paint to improve privacy. You can also add translucent film or shades to block the view.
Install Motion Sensor Lights
A well-lit garage door and driveway deters criminals from an attempted robbery. However, having lights on all night uses costly energy, can annoy the neighbors with its glare and can call more attention to your home than you'd like. Adding a motion sensor to those lights will illuminate them only if someone crosses the sensor path.
Add a Security System
An upgrade to the motion sensors can include an entire home security system. Hooking your garage door to such comprehensive technology meets any attempted break-in with a loud alarm that attracts attention. The alarm can also automatically contact a home monitoring service that can dispatch help, the local police who can investigate and you through a phone connection. Pairing the system with a camera documents any criminal activity that can help catch a thief and lets you check your garage door remotely if the system is connected to the internet.
Select the Right Materials for Your Garage Door
A garage door is only as strong as the material that it’s made of and the hardware that supports it. A rickety old garage door almost invites thieves to break the material so they can get in. Replacing it with newer wood protects it against brute-force attacks. Wood is naturally beautiful and easy to customize but requires constant care to prevent deterioration. Other protective materials that require less care while remaining durable include composites, aluminum, and vinyl. Nothing is stronger than steel, and the material has dropped in price over the years, making them comparatively inexpensive.
If you have questions or are ready to upgrade your garage door into a home security feature, please contact us at American Garage Door to schedule your service.