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Garage Door Security Tips

Garage Door Security Tips

Your garage is an extension of your home, so its security can be just as important as securing the front door of your house. If you keep valuable items in your garage or if your garage is another means of access to your house, then keeping intruders out is essential. Let’s look at some simple ways to improve your garage door security.

Locks

Ideally, your garage door should have multiple locking points to help keep burglars out. Many old garage doors only have one lock, making them much easier to break into by drilling into and damaging the lock. Multiple locks and keypads for secure entry can help to deter anyone trying to break in.

Be vigilant

Locks are no good if you don’t lock them, so make sure that you and all your family members remain vigilant when it comes to closing and locking the door once they leave the garage. Suffering a break-in just because of absent-mindedness is something that’s easily avoidable.

Garage door monitor

If you’re worried that you or others in your household might forget to lock your garage door, then it makes good sense to install a garage door monitor. This lets you know whether the garage door is open or closed, and locked or unlocked, so you have no excuse for leaving it unlocked and unsecured.

Motion activated light

Another deterrent for thieves is a big bright light shining in their faces. An outdoor light over your garage door can be installed with motion sensors, so that it will illuminate whenever someone approaches your garage. This draws attention to the thief and is likely to put them off attempting to break in.

Cover windows

If your garage has windows that intruders can see into your garage through, then it is a good idea to keep these covered at night and when you are away from your home. Someone is much more likely to target your garage if they can see that there are valuables inside.

Secure service door

Many garages have a service door as well as the main garage door. Don’t forget to secure this door as well as the main entry door. Having a lock and deadbolt on your service door can help to beef up your security.

Worried about the security of your garage? Get in touch with Carolina Garage Door for the installation of additional security features or for an overall garage door tune-up. We service garage doors around the Triad area, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.

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What to Do If a Garage Door Spring Breaks

What to Do If a Garage Door Spring Breaks

Would you know what to do if your garage door suddenly stopped working? A number of reasons could cause garage doors to break or become faulty, and one of the most common is a broken garage door spring. To make sure you’re prepared for this situation if it does arise, I’ll take you through the basics of how to identify and repair a broken spring.

How do you know if a spring has broken?

If your springs are in good working order, then you should be able to manually lift an overhead garage door. To test this, you should disconnect the automatic door opener and try to open the door manually. Any resistance may suggest a fault with your door springs, and the same goes for if the door cannot stay open at the top by itself. If the door won’t open at all, either electronically or manually, then this could also be due to broken springs. You may also be able to notice wear to your door springs by simply looking at them.

What to do when a spring breaks

If a garage door spring does break, then it will most likely need replacing completely. Your best option is to have a professional replace the springs to ensure your safety and that the job has been done correctly. Trying to do it yourself without experience with repairing garage doors could lead to further maintenance issues in the future. Torsion springs can be particularly dangerous to work with if you are inexperienced.

If you’re in any doubt, then I would recommend calling a professional maintenance service to replace your garage door springs. We provide a spring replacement service in North Carolina if you are in need.

How to prevent door springs from breaking

You should perform a visual check of your garage door springs at least once a month to identify any problems before they worsen. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, there are two main types of springs your garage door may be fitted with: torsion springs and extension springs. Torsion springs are typically used for larger garage doors and you will find these on the wall above your garage door. Extension springs may be found above the door’s tracks or to the sides of the door.

Extreme weather can result in increased wear to your garage door springs, so be extra vigilant in particularly hot or cold weather. You can help to maintain the condition of your door springs by applying lubricant to them on a regular basis.

If you’re in need of garage door maintenance or spring repair, get in touch with Carolina Garage Door for services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.

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To Insulate or Not to Insulate

To Insulate or Not to Insulate

Winter is here…and that means you’ll be spending more money heating your house to keep you and your family comfortable during the cold spells. One way to reduce these costs is to make sure that your home is properly insulated, and that includes your garage. If this sounds like an unnecessary cost to you, then read on to find out why you might want to insulate your garage and garage door.

Why should you insulate your garage?

Insulation helps to keep the warmth in and the cold air out. This may not be much of a factor for detached garages, but if your garage is joined on to your house, it could be letting out a great deal of heat from your house if it is not properly insulated. This means it will take more energy from your heating system to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.

This could also be an issue if you have a heating system in your garage itself. Perhaps you spend a lot of time in your garage and want to keep it warm when you’re in there. This heat could be rapidly escaping from your garage if you don’t have an insulated garage door. There are different types of insulation available for your garage, so you can choose the type that suits your requirements and budget.

Other benefits of an insulated garage door

It’s not just warmth that escapes through your garage door, but also sound. Having your garage door insulated can help to reduce the level of noise that comes in from outside, or vice versa. So, if you’re trying to work in your garage and don’t want to be distracted by noisy neighbors or howling winds, insulation can help you out. Or, maybe your kids have band practice in your garage and you’re worried about the noise bothering the neighbors.

What else lets heat escape?

As well as uninsulated doors letting heat escape from your garage and home, broken garage doors, or ones with broken door openers, also increase the amount of heat that is let out. If your garage door is particularly old or is faulty, weak, or broken, then it will not insulate from the cold and the noise as well as a new garage door. You may require a tune up to improve this or might need to replace the garage door entirely.

If your garage door isn’t doing its job properly when it comes to the cold winter months, get in touch with Carolina Garage Door to find out how we can help keep your garage and home insulated. We serve a wide area in North Carolina, including Winston Salem, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville.