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4 Non-Residential Ways to Use a Garage Door

It has become popular to use garage doors recently outside of a traditional residential application.

Many restaurants and businesses are using gargae doors as part of the overall design and structure. One reason is because garage doors are inexpensive as compared to other building materials. They are also easy to use and install. Plus, garage doors provide the industrial vibe many places are going for.

Below are 4 ways to use garage doors for non-residential and commercial use.

Many businesses can now enjoy the same benefits homeowners enjoy with their garage doors, like insulation, easy maintenance, security, and style.

Insulation

Insulation helps to regulate temperature in a space, and can lower cooling and heating bills.

Offices enjoy the benefits of an insulated door at a lower price!

Easy Maintenance

Garage doors are easy to maintain. Plus, there are special companies that deal specifically with garage doors, so it’s easy to find a tech who can help with any issues.

Garage doors don’t need to be painted regularly, which is a must in office spaces. Plus all the parts on a door, unless subjected to extreme weather conditions, are not prone to rust or denting.

Garage doors are also a fun way to divide up a space or a room. Garage doors can provide privacy for a conference room or for parties. Garage doors are built to have soundproofing as well, so it doesn’t require padding and other expensive soundproofing features.

Security

Normal doors or those big stainless steel pull down doors, don’t provide as much security as a garage door can.

Garage doors are built with strong nuts and bolts, so breaking in is harder on regular doors. Garage doors are also made with much stronger materials than a regular door, and even a stainless steel gate. Garage door materials are typically steel, aluminum, PVC and fiberglass.

Additionally, new garage door models have many security features built in, including CCTV cameras and locking mechanisms to control with your smartphone. This is great for businesses to watch over their property if they are away.

Garage doors can also be installed with alarm systems, which work like it would in your home. If a break-in is detected, the police will be notified.

Modern Design

While design doesn’t impact security or function, it’s an important consideration for a lot of people. Industrial spaces or any office or business looking for a fun and quirky modern feel can enjoy a garage door for both style and function!

 

Garage Doors Are Not Just For Your Garage

Garage doors can serve many purposes, not just to hide your car from the street! They provide security, are cost-effective, low maintenance and are stylish.

Any garage door company is qualified to install garage doors. Ask them about commercial applications!

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How to Keep Your Garage Safe from Intruders

When thinking about your home security, you might not think about your garage door being a common entry point for criminals. Commonly we think of windows, front and side doors.

If you don’t have a proper security system in place, your garage door is actually a very common point of entry for burglars. This post will go over some necessary steps you can take to keep your home and your garage door secure.

 

1.      Invest in a Garage Door Opener with Security Features

Most garage door openers on the market now have rolling-code technology, as well as fingerprint recognition. Both of these features make it really difficult for criminals to open your garage door. If you call Perfect Solutions Houston, we are happy to give you a quote on any opener that has these features!

 

2.      Lock the Interior Door in Your Garage 

If you have an attached garage, you most likely have a door connecting your home to your garage. Usually when you leave the house, you leave this door open. Why lock it if it’s in your garage, right? Makes for easier access when you are going and coming. But it should be kept locked, especially when you are away. You should also consider installing a peep-hole and a deadbolt on this interior door, just like the exterior doors to your home.

 

3.      Keep Your Garage Door Closed

Duh, right? A lot of homeowners however leave their garage doors open during the day while they are home. While a criminal might not walk up and steal something in broad daylight or when you are home, but they will get a good look and what you have inside that would be nice to steal when you are away.

 

4.      Use a Remote Key Chain 

A common safety hazard is having your garage door opener inside your car. If someone breaks into your car and takes the remote, they can use it to break into your garage and home. A key chain remote stays with you, not your car, which is better security.

 

5.      Install Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights

A quick homeowner weekend project is to buy and install outdoor motion sensor lights around your property. The best places are around your garage. These lights help keep your home safe since intruders don’t enjoy being in the spotlight!

By investing in a better, updated garage door opener, locking your doors, keeping your garage closed, using a key chain opener and installing motion sensor lights – you can make great strides in improving the safety and security of your garage door, and your home!

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Some Old and New Tips for Garage Door Security

dog_garageSometimes, good advice bears occasional reiteration. When it comes to keeping your home safe from intruders, you can never have enough tips and tricks up your sleeve. Your garage door is the largest portal into your home so it’s vital to secure it in every way possible against those who would use it as a way to gain unlawful entry.

Here are a few hints and tips to maximize the protection offered by your garage door. Some of them you will have seen before and some of them will hopefully be new to you. Feel free to take away the ones you think are most useful and be proactive in keeping would be intruders at bay.

Automatic Door Opener Security Tips

#1 Don’t let a car break-in become a home intrusion. Always remove your garage door opener remote from your car and take it with you, either into your home or wherever else you are going. If thieves break into your car and find the remote, they may well use it to gain access to your garage and take away whatever you have stored in there. Worse yet, from your garage they may try to get inside the rest of your home.

#2 Keep your door opener remote on your key fob or chain. This is the best way to avoid leaving the remote in your car inadvertently. If the remote control for your door opener is attached to your car keys, you be highly unlikely to leave it in your car by accident.

#3 Invest in a door opener which uses rolling code technology. With rolling code protection, your door opener remote transmits a brand new code every time you press the open or close button. With more than 100 billion codes, it’s highly unlikely that even hi-tech thieves with code grabbing devices will be able to get your garage door open.

Tips for Physically Securing Your Garage Door

#1 In case you are ever unfortunate enough to have someone break into your garage, a wide-angle peephole, installed in the internal door of your garage will let you investigate without opening the door. If you hear unusual noises coming from your garage, you can just use the peephole to see if you have any unwanted visitors.

#2 If your garage door is one with windows installed, it can pay to replace clear glass with a frosted design. This prevents would be burglars from seeing what’s inside your garage. Most housebreakers are opportunists and if they can see items worth stealing, are more likely to try and force your garage door.

#3 If you have an automatic door opener, the emergency manual release can be a weak point for security. This emergency release is often situated fairly close to the garage door. A cunning intruder may be able to trip the manual release by using a coat hanger, or something similar, inserted through the small gap between door and frame. To stop this from happening, secure the emergency release with a couple of cable ties. This will make it impossible for anyone to trip the mechanism from outside.

Many homes are broken into daily via the garage door. If you follow the tips described here, you can greatly reduce your chances of joining the list of people whose homes have been violated.

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Top 10 Security and Safety Hints for Garage Doors

Garage Door Safety and SecurityApart from being the entrance to the place you park your vehicle, (and maybe store your tools and sports equipment as well) a garage door acts as a massive, mechanical entrance way into your home. Preventable accidents and burglaries involving garage doors happen way too often, mostly as a result of complacency.

Perfect Solutions Garage Doors wants to make sure your home’s garage door doesn’t compromise your family’s safety, or present a weak point in your home security.

Here are the top 10 security and safety hints for garage doors:

  1. Test your garage door opener’s reversing mechanism once a month. To do this, place an object in the path of your home’s garage door as it is closing. The door should reverse immediately upon contact. If it doesn’t do so the auto-reverse sensor is not working and needs immediate repair or replacement. The Consumer Product Safety Commission passed regulations in 1993 stating that all garage door openers must have a working auto-reverse sensor to prevent children and pets from being injured.
  2. A garage door should be examined on a monthly basis. Check for any damage to the pulleys, cables, rollers or springs. Never attempt to work on these parts yourself, or any items connected to them. The mechanisms are under extreme tension and only a certified garage door technician should attend to them. Perfect Solutions Garage Door has a team of trained technicians that can replace or repair any part of a garage door.
  3. The internal door, giving access to your home, should be kept locked. While this may seem inconvenient, the added protection for you and your family makes it well worthwhile.
  4. Children should not be allowed to play with garage door remote controls. Make sure your controller is kept out of their reach.
  5. Install sensor lights around your garage entrance to scare away intruders.
  6. Make sure you and your family know how to use the emergency release for your home’s garage door. There should be a cord hanging from the opener’s motor.
  7. Intruders can get into your home by breaking into your car and stealing the remote door controller. Don’t keep your controller in an unoccupied car. Perfect Solutions Garage Door can provide you with a keychain remote.
  8. You should never use the manufacturer’s access codes on the remote control or opener if they are not equipped with rolling-code technology.
  9. Disconnect the power supply to your home’s garage door whenever you know you will be away for a few days.  Alternatively, you can have a switch installed to lock the control console when you are absent for a while.
  10. Don’t leave your home’s garage door open for lengthy periods of time, even when you are at home. Thieves will scope out neighborhoods during the day and they come back to any that look promising. If the garage door is open, you could be showing off your valuables to someone who intends stealing them.
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Five Essential Tips for Better Garage Door Security

shutterstock_1589767Unwanted intruders will often choose a garage door as an entry point for mischief and mayhem because it is more discreet than the front door and more accessible than a back door. Garage doors also make it easier to sneak inside the house unnoticed, especially since most people fail to lock the door connecting the garage to the house.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door wants to help our customers stay safe and secure, which is why we are positing these five essential tips for better garage door security.

1.     Lock the Inside Door

It may take away from the convenience factor for your family, since they will need to unlock the door to get inside and out, but it will also make the entryway less convenient for an intruder. You can hang up a key to that particular door on the inside of the house, so your family can bring it with them if they plan on traveling in and out of the house through the garage door. For greater security, you should have an alarm on both the garage door and the interior door to your home.

2.     Shut the Garage Door

Hopefully you already keep the garage door shut when you are not home or sleeping, but you should also keep it shut when you are doing work around the house, even if you are outside. An open garage is an advertisement to thieves of what you have inside that they might want to take. They could drive by during the day and see your fancy car, expensive toys, and high-tech equipment and then decide that it is worth a return visit when you’re not home to protect your belongings.

3.     Keep it Well-lit

Perfect Solutions Garage Door encourages all of our customers to purchase spotlighting and an interior lighting system. Intruders prefer to work in the dark, and security lighting will make it difficult for them to do their dirty work.

4.     Upgrade Your Garage Door Opener

Today’s modern garage door openers have incredible new security features that thieves haven’t figured out how to crack, like rolling code entry systems. It may be worth it to get an upgrade if your system is more than five years old.

5.     Don’t Leave the Remote in Your Car

Most modern garage door openers will come with a remote control access feature that can be hooked onto your keychain. This is much safer than the older version that hung from your car’s visor. You should protect your garage door remote the same way you protect your house key.

Perfect Solutions Garage Door can help with the installation of a new garage door opener or any other garage door security features that will help make you and your family feel more protected.

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