A garage is used to store a number of valuable items, from expensive power tools and yard equipment to your automobile and sports gear. What’s more, many garages in Lowell and surrounding areas are attached, meaning that a garage doesn’t just store the items within it; it also provides access to your home.
Securing your garage – and your home – is integral to your safety. Did you know that when your garage door is in poor form, though, it can be easier to break into?
Identifying Vulnerabilities in Your Garage Door
Garage doors that are damaged, have weakened areas (very common in wooden doors that have started to decay as a result of age and weather), or that are made from cheap materials are easier to break into than are strong, new, and well-maintained doors. In fact, doors that are old and deteriorating may be accessed very easily with few tools.
If your garage door is more than a decade old, or if it has been damaged by weather or another accident, such as backing up your vehicle into the garage, you should check it for any areas of weakness. Signs of weakness that could make your garage vulnerable to a break in include dents, cracks, rotting, and mold damage.
How to Improve Your Garage Door Security
Luckily, there are a few easy things that you can do to improve your garage door security:
- Maintain your garage door. Garage doors need regular maintenance in order to perform ideally, and keep your family safe. If your door is broken or damaged, a thief may have easy access to your garage and your home.
- Consider upgrading to a more secure garage door. Sturdier materials, such as steel, are much more resistant to break ins. If your garage is made of a cheap material or wood, you may want to consider upgrading to a more secure garage door type.
- Keep your automatic garage door opener on you. One easy way that criminals access garages is by simply using the automatic opener. These can be easy to snatch, especially if your garage door opener is kept in plain view in your vehicle.
- Install sensor lights. Installing motion sensor lights in the area surrounding your garage is a great way to deter criminals and protect your home.
How Affordable Garage Door, Inc. Can Help
At Affordable Garage Door, Inc., we care about your garage’s and your home’s security. We provide regular garage door maintenance, repairs, and new garage door installation, and can help you to explore ways to maximize garage door security. To learn more about our services and how to keep your garage safe, contact us today. We are reachable now at 219-696-4279.