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How old is the garage door on your home? Does your garage get very cold during the winter and very warm during the summer? If your garage door is quite old, it likely does not have the same insulating factors that are included in the manufacturing of the garage doors manufactured today. So, how do you know if your garage door needs to be replaced? Does the hardware need to be replaced if you replace the garage door? Go to my blog to find out all about the features included in the design of today's garage doors. Hopefully, you will find everything you need to determine if your garage door is in need of replacement.

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Your Garage: The Most Vulnerable Room In Your House

by Eva Richards

The one room in a house that most homeowners neglect to secure properly is the garage. No matter how safe you feel your neighborhood is, it is always vulnerable to thieves. In fact, thieves often case the better neighborhoods because they have more and better items to steal:

Securing Your Garage Door

Newer garage door openers are more secure than older ones, because it is harder to break the codes, since they are ever-changing. However, older garage door openers are vulnerable to thieves with "code grabbers," devices that can steal your code signal from the air for later use opening the door.

Most garage doors have locking mechanisms, but thieves have no problem releasing those. It's best to use a padlocked or door bolting system to secure your door when you are away from home and even at night when you are sleeping.

Using a simple C-clamp to secure your door when you are away for extended periods of time is a cheap and effective method.

Securing Your Garage Windows and Service Doors

If a thief can't get in through the garage door, he will likely look for a window or service door. Most garage windows and service doors are out of site of the street and provide an open view of the items worth stealing inside your garage.

First, block the view through your window with light-filtering film or with curtains or shutters. Second, install extra security locks on the windows such as bolts that go through the frame into the wall, and be sure to engage those locks as necessary. Service doors should be steel with quality deadbolts and even perhaps additional quality slide bolts on the inside.

Securing Your Entry Door

The entry door from your garage to your home should be just as secure as your front door. A steel or solid-core wood door with a quality deadbolt will keep burglars from entering your house once they get into your garage. It's worth your security to take a few extra seconds to unlock that door when you get home.

Other Tips and Tricks

Securing your garage with locks and bolts is great, but you also must break habits that can make your home vulnerable.

  • Homeowners often just give burglars the "keys to the kingdom" by leaving their car keys inside the car once they enter the garage. Once the burglar has your keys, it's open season on you and your possessions.
  • Get rid of the garage door opener that clips to your visor and never leave it inside your car. Buy one that hooks onto your keychain instead, and always keep your keys with you.
  • Don't leave your garage door open. This gives thieves an open look into your garage. You don't know how much the items in your garage are worth until they are gone.

If you can see that your garage is not secure, take steps to secure it right away before there is a problem. If you're not sure about the security of your garage door, call a trusted local garage door installation and repair professional and make an appointment for an assessment. Replacing a garage door opener and installing security locks is much less expensive than replacing everything in your garage or home, and your family's safety is priceless.