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Advice to Homeowners:Four Ways to Keep Your Garage Secure

Protect your houseA garage keeps its contents safe, from cars to power tools and other valuable stuff. Aside from that, many garages also lead directly to the interior of a person’s home. Garage protects its owners, but who is protecting the garage?

Garage owners should take the responsibility of making their garage safe from vandals and burglar who might want to damage it. There are many ways to keep the garage secure, they may cost some money, but that cost pales in comparison to the advantages of having a well-protected garage. After all, safety is priceless.

Keep the area well-lit

The simplest way to give a garage the security it deserves is by keeping it well lit. It will not cost too much for the owner to install a fluorescent lamp or two in his garage. Keeping the place bright is a good deterrent against burglars and vandals.

The reason vandals and burglar don’t like a well-lighted place is that it is easy to spot them if someone investigates. Psychologically, darkness makes doing bad things seem safe. Evil people are also more comfortable in environments as dark as their souls.

Install a reliable garage door

A garage without a door is an open invitation to malicious people. A wide-open space with lots of expensive tools inside it is a magnet to thieves. In reality, garage doors are not cheap. Nevertheless, they last a long time and they are effective in keeping bad people out. In the end, garage doors are worth every penny spent in installing them.

Install an alarm system

For those people who live in a place known to have many burglars, it may not be enough just to keep garage will lit. Even a strong garage door will not keep burglars from trying to break in to it.  The solution is an alarm system.

Door sensors protect the garage by making a loud irritating noise when somebody tries to forcibly open the garage door. It’s like the alarm on the car.  The sound it emits could not be mistaken for music. It is a really loud sound that tells everyone that an illegal break-in is happening. Burglars usually run away because of alarms.

Bring the keys to the garage with you

An easy and common–sense way to keep the garage from looting is by taking the garage door wherever the owner goes. Garage keys weigh just as light as a penny or two. It it’s not a burden to carry a few a garage key in the pocket. Some people however choose to leave their key on their cars or on a secret hiding place in their home. Do not underestimate the resourcefulness of burglars. They will try to find the key at home and many of them can easily break into a car and take the keys.  It’s best for garage owners to have it with them all the time.

It is better safe than sorry. Sure, some of the tips presented here do cost some amount of money, but when the safety of the family is concerned money should take a back seat.

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A Basic Guide to Garage Door Care

helpful tipsThe garage door is one of the most important implements in modern houses. Even though the only function it seems to do is close and open, a delicate mechanism makes garage doors do its job. In countries like the United States where everyone is always busy, garage doors are often neglected until it’s too late. There are many simple ways to care for garage doors without taking so much of a person’s time.

Here are basic care tips that owners can do to keep their garage doors in good condition:

Cleaning
It is very important to clean the interior of garage doors, not only to keep them gorgeous, but also to keep them from deteriorating. Airborne dusts have very negative effects on wood and steel doors. To clean garage doors, mix a little detergent with water and scrub gently using a soft cloth. When kids spill sweet stuff on wooden garage doors, make sure to clean it right away before carpenter ants decide to make their residency on the wood. Cleaning the garage door not only keeps it beautiful, it also ensures that it will last a long time.

Lubrication
Garage doors are machines and like most machines, they need lubrication to work properly. The mechanism that makes garage doors close and open are often on top. Only specialized lubricants for garage doors should be used for this. Owners can buy these lubricants online or at their friendly hardware stores. A sign that the garage door opening mechanism needs lubrication is when it makes some weird squeaky noises.

Clean the tracks
Debris can sometime get into the tracks of garage doors, and they will make the garage doors roll up and down unevenly. If this is left uncorrected, it will cause problems that are more serious and costly in the future. Tracks may also slant a little inward in time, so make sure that they are straight and aligned perfectly to the door.

Responsible usage
There are times when the owner of the house or a member of the household may forcefully open and close the garage door, especially when the remote seems to be malfunctioning. This could create problems with its mechanism, specially the small parts. Garage doors are not cheap, and the owner should be careful in using it or else it will not last long.

Make kids understand it’s not a toy
Kids can also wreak havoc on a garage door specially the remote operated ones. Sure,it’s fun to see it close and open with a flick of a finger on the remote, but what kids don’t know is that it could ruin the small machine parts. Parents should tell children that a garage door is expensive and should not be used for their amusement.

A person’s garage door is a strong piece of equipment, but it too is susceptible to being broken if neglected or abused. Checking it occasionally and doing the necessary maintenance and cleaning will help keep it working like new. Also, remember that if you a garage door problem comes up and you can’t solve it on your own, it is always best to get help from a garage door technician to prevent further damage and the risk of injury.

 

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Garage Door Materials: Search for the Right One

Photo Credit: iStock Photo

Photo Credit: iStock Photo

Garage doors protect a person’s car from vandals, thieves, and natural hazards like hail and snow. They also protect homes from burglars who might try to enter houses through the garage. There are times when the only barrier between a family and a dangerous situation is the trusty garage door. This is why garage doors should be made of strong and durable materials. What are the common materials of garage doors and which one is right for a particular home? Read on and find out.
Wood

Wood has been used for centuries for buildings and household furnishings. It is still one of the most favored garage door materials and for good reasons. Wood is attractive and has a rich appearance. It is elegant and has high design flexibility, so it’s customizable according to the owner’s taste. When it comes to aesthetics, wood is a big winner. It is also a better insulator than the other garage door materials.

Despite all its merits, wooden garage doors also have its drawbacks. The biggest disadvantage is the weight. Among all garage door materials, wood is probably the heaviest. This means more maintenance is needed for the garage mechanism because weight can wear down machine parts. Not only that, over time, wooden garage doors may need to be stained, painted or sanded to make them look brand new again.

Aluminum

A popular choice for a garage door material today is aluminum. It is a lightweight, rustproof metal, which makes it a good choice for those living in places that are prone to humidity and rain like coastal areas. Its lightweight nature means fewer burdens on the garage opening mechanism, so there is less maintenance. In addition, when there is a power outage, it is easy to manually open aluminum garage doors.
Like wood, aluminum also has its disadvantages. It can easily dent even with not so heavy bumps. Once aluminum is dented, it will be very difficult to fix. Aluminum garage doors may not be a very good choice in places where hail appears frequently.

Steel

Steel is the metal that drives the industrial revolution. Until now, its usefulness is still unsurpassed by any other metal. Steel is also one of the most used materials for garage doors. Steel is a very durable and strong metal as it is not easily dented and has high resistance to force. This means that a steel garage door will continue to look gorgeous even after years of use. Steel garage doors also come in different designs that fit a person’s style.

The disadvantage of choosing steel garage doors is that these have different qualities. The variations in quality also mean differences in price range. Some metal garage doors are thicker and are more durable. When ordering a steel garage door, a person should choose carefully based on his needs and location.

When choosing garage doors, a person should give enough thought on what material the garage door should be. Each material has its advantages and disadvantages, which makes it more difficult to decide. However, being well-informed will make this task a lot easier.If undecided about which garage door material to choose, it is always best to consult a garage door professional for recommendations.

 

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Top Tips for Caring for Your Wooden Garage Door

garageWith more homes being built with designs that are being borrowed from homes in the 50’s and 60’s especially in suburban areas, there is starting to become a resurgence of interest in wooden garage doors.

In general, wooden garage doors provide a very homey and polished look to any house, more so for those who follow the Mediterranean style. It gives a sense of warmth due to the earthy and natural feel that only wood can provide. Versus metal garage doors that stick out due to its cold and hard finish, wooden garage doors are more into blending into the house’s design and add a bigger look to the garden.

However, as with anything wooden, homeowners pay for it through maintenance and upkeep. Imagine if appliances made of wood that are already found indoors need utmost care, what more for wooden garage doors that are exposed to the elements day in and day out?

Read up on how to care for those garage doors the right way:

1. Proper ventilation and pest control

Make sure that your garage has proper ventilation to ensure that the door is not kept moist or kept hot for too long. Proper airing also maintains the wood and prevents signs of wear and tear such as sagging or white spots. If there are already molds in your garage, a wet spot is not unlikely so a general cleaning is much needed.

Proper pest control is also needed to make sure that those pesky wood eating bugs especially termites are out of sight and permanently out of your home.

2. Get the right contractor to install

Even if you are going for the natural look with a wooden garage door, it does not mean that it should become an object made from the 19th century with manual pulleys. For it to work and work well for you, it will still rely on hinges and rollers to go up and down automatically, with a sensor and a remote control to ensure your garage’s and your home’s security.

Compared to a metal garage door, it’s a bit trickier to do this with a wooden garage door and it pays to have your trusted contractor handle the details on this. If possible, let your contractor source everything from getting the materials to installation.

As much as it’s more romantic, leave the choosing of the type of wood to the professionals. Some types may be too heavy and will sooner or later affect also the integrity of your own house as it goes up and down on a daily basis, getting so much pressure from your walls.

Let your contractor also do the upkeep, making sure that all hinges are well lubricated on a monthly basis.

3. Paint and seal it

Sealing the garage door is part and parcel of the process. A coat of sealant protects it from direct sunlight and harmful UV rays and at the same time, takes care of it from very cold and wet weather that may seep in. Painting also provides much needed protection and makes sure to do a once-over every time peeling or flaking begins to happen.

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