Preventing Garage Door Break-Ins

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A garage door is large and can be one of the most challenging entry points in a house to successfully secure. The checklist below provides homeowners with items to make sure their garage doors are protected against break-ins.

 

Select a strong, rigid, and thick material for the garage door.

A common tactic for home intruders when owners and neighbors are not around is to cut or break through the garage door. A rigid material will deter an intruder from cutting or breaking through. Effective materials include steel and solid wood. Stay away from weaker materials such as thin aluminum and fiberglass. Also, a thicker door will make break-ins more difficult for intruders. Ensure that the door is continuously solid and at least 1-3/4″ thick. A 2″ thick insulated heavy gauge steel door or a continuously solid 1-3/4″ thick wood door are ideal choices.

 

 

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Save on Your Energy Bill with Insulated Garage Doors

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When you start thinking of ways that you can save on your energy bill for your home, your garage may be the last place you consider. After all, you do not live in that area of the home, and you often use it only as a glorified storage zone. However, whether you have a workbench in your garage or only use it as a place to pull your cars into, you may be amazed at just how much better the space becomes when you enclose it with an insulated garage door.

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The Basics about Garage Door Lubrication

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garage doorYour garage door is most likely used just as much as your front door is. Therefore, you must keep it in good working order if you want it to perform smoothly and dependably well into the future. Part of any good garage door maintenance schedule is regular lubrication. Lubrication is an easy self-care step that any homeowner can take with a few simple materials and less than an hour on the weekend. Here are all the basics about garage door lubrication that you will need to know to take care of this home maintenance project yourself.

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Garage Doors for More than Just Your Garage

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shedDo you have a shed or barn and want to switch up the look? Have you ever considered swapping out the regular doors for sectional garage doors? Getting sectional garage doors can not only help with the aesthetics but can offer more security as well.

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Let the Light in with Windows on Your Garage Door

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windowsGarage doors might seem pretty straightforward. A large door covering a large opening that easily goes up and down when you need to get inside. If you want to add a little more style and functionality to your garage door, however, you might consider adding windows to your garage door. The “whys” and “hows” of adding windows to your garage door are important to consider before deciding to go this route.

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5 Easy Ways to Maintain Your Garage Door

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maintenance The garage door. It’s the biggest door in the house. For many of us, it’s the door we go through when we leave the house. But for many of us, it’s also the door that gets the least attention, maintenance-wise.

 

Accordingly, we’ve gathered the top five easy ways to maintain your garage door. These will keep it opening and closing effortlessly every time you’re ready to go outside and face the world.

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Safety Tips for Your Automatic Garage Door

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White house garage doorYou may not think much about your automatic garage door, unless it stops working properly. Once you identify that the problem isn’t a dead battery in your remote or a lack of power in the garage, it’s time to consider what the issue may be. If your automatic garage door struggles to open all the way, or the door shuts part way when it is all the way open, you may be putting your safety at risk.

 

When Your Garage Door Partially Closes

The tension spring holding your garage door all the way open can lose the ability to keep your door open all way. If your garage door closes part way when fully open, there is probably an issue with the tension spring. If the spring snaps, this can cause your garage door to slam down without notice. This is an obvious safety hazard that needs to be addressed right away.

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How to Choose a Garage Door That Matches A Home’s Aesthetic

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garage doorThe first thing visitors see when arriving at a home is the exterior, so it is crucial to make a good impression by creating curb appeal. While plants and other landscaping items are essential elements, one of the most overlooked aspects is a home’s garage door. Here is a quick look at six important things to consider when making over the entrance of a garage.

 

Door Style

In the past, homeowners were limited when choosing garage doors, but manufacturers now create designs that provide the perfect balance of performance and beauty. Tudor style homes can be adorned with a more basic style that accompanies the existing architectural components, while homes with an arts and crafts flair are better suited to doors that are made from solid wood.

 

Color Choices

Another critical item to consider is the color of the door. If the desired color isn’t available, then talk to a garage door vendor about the models that come in a pre-primed version. This will allow the homeowner to paint the door any color they wish and provide seamless integration with any other paint colors or finishes that may be present on the exterior of a home.

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Make This Winter More Enjoyable with an Automatic Garage Door Opener

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As winter fast approaches, we are left, again, to consider how we might stay just a little warmer when Jack Frost decides to make his grand entrance. For your home, you have extra insulation, new windows, a new HVAC system, and so much more. For your vehicle, you’ve got newer vehicles which provide nearly instant heat, and for yourself, you’ve got hand warmers, hot coffee, and even coats that have battery-powered warmers installed in the lining. For all the warmth you can have, there’s still that moment when, after you’ve backed your car out of the garage, you have to get out of your car and fumble around with a cold, creaky garage door, to try and pull it down and lock it up. You know there has to be a better way, and there is, when you invest in an automatic garage door opener.

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Sounds Like Danger: Watch Out for a Noisy Garage Door

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A garage door normally produces a rumbling noise when it opens or closes. It’s typically the sound of its motors running or the door grinding against the wall. But if the noise becomes too loud or the homeowners hear new noises, it’s time to call for garage door repair services in Montgomery County, PA. The garage door may have problems that could worsen over time, weaken the home’s security, and put the family’s safety at risk. Here are a few reasons behind unusually noisy garage doors.

 

Rusty Metals

Your garage doors may need to be lubricated to reduce the noise from rusty metal parts that are grinding against one another. The homeowner could try applying lubricant on the metal bits to reduce friction. If the noises continue, though, it might be best to call a professional; the sounds may be a sign of more serious problems.

Worn Out or Faulty Parts

A noisy garage door may have defective parts like rollers, hinges, or bearings. If these are worn out, they produce a grating sound and therefore need replacement. Moreover, the door may have loose chains, bolts, and screws that vibrate when the door moves.

A spring that is too strained may also be responsible for the strange sounds. The noise might indicate that the spring could snap or break soon. This issue would need immediate replacement.

Misaligned Doors

Grumbling noises may indicate that the door needs to be re-aligned and balanced. Not only would proper alignment and balance reduce the noises, but it would also maintain the structural integrity of the door and prolong its lifespan.

In some cases, a noisy garage door may need a tune-up that includes lubrication for all the parts, sensor re-alignment, and tightening of all bolts and screws. In some cases, though, the garage door opener is defective or unsafe and needs to be replaced.

There could be many reasons behind a noisy garage door. If your garage door still produces strange sounds, have one of our expert technicians check it. They could identify and fix the root of the trouble before it grows into a bigger problem.

Call us today so we can see to your garage needs.