Garage Door Security is No Joke!

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Did you know that a high percentage of house burglars gain access through the garage because the garage is often times the most vulnerable?

Many garage doors, are not properly maintained, left unlocked or left open for easy perpetrator access.

 

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Even if you’re only planning to be gone for a minute or two, it’s never safe to leave your garage door open because it takes only a split second for an experienced burglar to step inside and do their thing.

The truth is that you could have the very best garage door opener and security money can buy, but if you leave your garage door open and vulnerable, what good does it do you?

Don’t Forget about Your Garage Access Door

a residential garageIf you have an attached garage with a connecting door leading into the house, you need to be especially mindful of garage door security because once a burglar is inside your garage, they can stealthily move about without being seen from the street.

Your garage access door should be treated with the same regard towards security as you give your front door by installing a deadbolt lock.

Upgrading Your Garage Door Opener

If your garage door opener is an older model, you might want to consider upgrading it to a newer one with state-of-the-art technology, including built-in security features such as:

  • Chamberlain®/Liftmaster Security+® anti-burglary technology.  Security+® provides protection against burglars with sophisticated code grabbing devices. Each time the remote control is activated, Security+® automatically rolls the code over to any one of 100-billion codes and is never repeated.
  • Liftmaster also offers Multi-Function Remote Controls that open your garage door and  turn on lights inside your home from the safety and comfort of your car.

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Where is Your Garage Door Opener now?

It may seem obvious, but one of the most common mistakes people make is having a lackadaisical attitude about where they store their garage door opener remote. Would you keep your wallet, credit cards or other personal valuables lying around in your car for all the world to see, probably not?

garage door opener on a keychainLeaving you garage door opener remote in your vehicle, clipped to the sun visor or in plain view is not a good idea because if your remote gets stolen, the thief has access to valuables stored in your garage and quite possibly, your home.

You may even want to consider purchasing one of the new key chain remotes. You can find one that is compatible with your garage door brand or try out one of the latest Universal key chain remotes currently on the market.

It always pays to stay one step ahead of a potential break-in with garage door security awareness, especially when it comes to the safety of your family, the security of your home and your valuables!

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Never Leave Your Garage Door Open!

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Residential Garage Door InstallationYou may want to rethink leaving your garage door open because more eyes may be watching than you realize! Recently, Google’s stealth ‘Street View’ cameras published a picture of a garage door left open in the U.K. for all the world to see, including a few thieves.

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According to the Huffington Post, the garage owner, Gordon Rayner, believes that Google should have blacked out his garage as they did his face and the windows of his home. He stated that it was “an invitation for any criminal to take what they like.” “When you look at the (Google) photograph, my face is blacked out, the windows of my house are blacked out, but because the garage door was left open, you can clearly see everything in there,” Raynor told The Telegraph (UK News).
security footageRayner’s mountain bike was stolen. The thieves then made a few more visits to his garage to see if there was anything else they could pilfer. Fortunately, they were unsuccessful because Rayner now keeps his garage door closed!
Are criminals now able to canvas our streets and target potential open garage doors via Internet? Is the mega search engine crossing the line and invading our right to privacy?
There has been recent controversy surrounding Google’s Street View application, raising questions about personal privacy rights. According to a Google spokesman, the company does blur out images when asked to do so, but went on to say that “the imagery on Street View is no different to what anyone could readily capture or see by traveling down the street themselves.”
An open garage door makes you an easy target for thieves who may be canvasing your neighborhood looking for open garage doors. Once inside your garage, a burglar is no longer visible from the street and can gain easy entry into your home. You could have the best home security system money can buy, but if you leave your garage door open, what good is it?
The bottom line here is that you should never leave your garage door open because you never know who is watching!

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For more information about garage doors, garage door openers, garage door installation, garage door service or garage door security, please fill out our online contact form. Or, give us a call at: 435-764-2825
We service all major garage door brands and can get your garage door up and running quickly, usually within the same day. We replace broken springs, cables, hinges and rollers.

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Does Your Garage Door Need a Makeover?

New Garage Door Installation

Did you know that your garage doors account for about 30% of your home’s visibility from the street? If your

 garage doors are worn out and tattered looking, maybe its time to improve your home’s curb appeal with beautiful new garage door!

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Selecting the Right Garage Door for Your Home

Curb Appeal Garage Doors offers a wide selection of new garage doors with varying levels of insulation, from good to better to best. We are garage door experts and will help you select the right garage door(s) for your lifestyle, taste, decor,´budget and needs!

Garage Function
When shopping for new garage doors, make sure you take into consideration how you use your garage.  Not all garages are treated alike and can also serve as workout rooms,  workshops, play areas for kids, laundry and utility rooms, etc. If this happens to be your garage, you’ll need to select a garage door with good insulating properties, so you can enjoy your garage all year around!

Sizing Your Door
Next, you’ll need to select a new garage door based on the size of door you need. Once you have exact measurements, you’ll be able to determine whether you need to purchase a ‘Standard’ size or ‘Special order’ door.

*Standard sizes come in 8 ft. 9 ft. 16 ft 17 ft 18 ft wide and standard heights are 7 ft. or 8 ft. high.

Garage Door Style
Since your garage door takes up about 30% of your home’s exterior, you should choose a door that compliments the remaining 70%.

Panel Designs – Start your style selection by choosing a panel design. Basically, there are three main panel designs to choose from – long raised panels, flush  panels 0r short panels.

  • Long Raised Panels – give depth and distinction to the door, while adding to the home’s overall appearance. Long Raised Panels are especially complementary to homes that have horizontal siding or wood.
  • Flush panels – are flat, slightly textured panels that can be used to complement the surrounding wall area, without drawing too much attention to the door itself.
  • Short Raised Panels – are the most common design and lend depth to the door. Short Raised Panels are an excellent addition to Victorian style homes with intricately detailed trim, Tudor style homes with strong architectural lines or the symmetrical facades of colonial style homes.

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You can also add style to the look of your home with carriage style doors. 
With distinctive period styles, Curb Appeal Garage Doors. combines old-world design with state-of-the-art technology. Our carriage house doors replicate beautiful, period-style doors that compliment both new construction and tasteful retrofit.

The addition of custom carriage house doors will provide a dramatic finishing touch to your home!

Add Style and a Personal Touch with Windows
Windows and window panels are another way to add style to a garage door. Double-pained windows will allow natural light in and keep the extreme seasonal temperatures of Northern Utah out!

Choosing a Garage Door Brand 
Curb Appeal Garage Doors primarily carries five major garage door Brands:  North Central Door • Haas • Mid-American Door• Amarr • Clopay

 

We are also Authorized Chamberlain®/LiftMaster Dealer and stock quality LiftMaster Professional garage door operators. Chamberlain®/LiftMaster has earned the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval and is “Rated #1 by Consumer Reports!

Curb Appeal Garage Doors is proud to offer our customers top quality products and the highest level of garage door service for Logan and the larger Northern Utah area.

We are Available 24/7 When You Need Us!

If you’re in the market to purchase a new garage door in Logan Brigham City or Tremonton or would like information about our services, please fill out our online contact form. If you would like to speak with a friendly and knowledgeable Curb Appeal Garage Doors. representative in person, please give us a call!

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Garage Door Security

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Garage Door Security Tips

Today’s garage doors provide much more security than garage doors even ten years ago. You can now
purchase new garage doors coupled with features like miniature key chain remotes and open-door alert systems.

Where is Your Garage Door Remote Now?

Thief breaking in a car and stealing the garage door openerOne of the most common garage door security ”faux pas” many folks make is clipping their garage door remote to their car visor or leaving their garage door remote lying around in their car in plain site.

Here’s why – If someone breaks into your car and finds your garage door remote, they also have access to your garage and the thief can easily find your address by rifling through your glove box for your vehicle registration.

To make matters even worse, if you have forgotten to lock your garage access door, the thief now has easy access to your home and personal belongings!

Mini-Key-Chain-Garage-Door-RemtoeKeep your family and valuables safe by keeping your garage door remote out of your car when you’re not in it or at the very least, out of sight. 

Another smart option is to replace your standard garage door visor-clip remote with one of the latest miniature key chain remotes that can be kept with you at all times!

Garage Door Alert Systems 

garage door alert systems are an excellent garage door security feature because let’s face it – we all know how easy it is to forget to close the garage door, especially when we use it more than we use our front door! 

Logan Garage Door CompaniesWith an open garage door alert system, a warning light alerts you if you have left your garage door open.  Having an open garage door alert system will give you extra protection from predators and keep your family and personal belongings safe. 

 

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Garage Door Safety Tips

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Your garage door is probably the largest moving object in your home and could weigh as much as 400 pounds.

At the touch of a button, maiming injuries and even deaths (mainly to children) happen every year. For your families safety, make sure that your garage door is in tip-top working condition!

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Here are a few garage door safety tips to keep in mind:

Inspect Your Garage Door Cables
You will ant to visually inspect the cables that attach the spring system to the bottom brackets on both sides of the door. If the cables are frayed or worn, they they could break breaking and potentially cause injury. There is inherent danger in high spring tension of these cables and they should only be replaced by a trained Minneapolis – St. Paul garage door service technician (All American Door Co).

Hire a Professional Door Installer
Installing a garage door is not recommended for a novice. DASMA recommends that trained door systems technicians install garage doors (All American Door Co). If you attempt garage door installation by yourself, be sure to follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions carefully.

Beware of Pinch Hazard
Sectional overhead garage doors pose a pinch hazard to fingers. Never put your fingers in the space between door sections to close the door, use the provided handles. Some modern sectional garage doors have a ‘pinch proof’ design.

Inspect Your Springs
Garage_Door_SafetyYour springs are arguably the most important and most dangerous part of your door. Springs wear out. When they break, injury can result. If you have an older garage door, have your springs inspected by a professional technician and replaced if needed. If your door has two springs, replace both, even if one is not broken. This will not only prevent any damage caused by the breaking of the second spring, but also keep your door working.

Lubricate Your Door Springs 
Springs that squeak can be noisy, which is caused by normal use and doesn’t necessarily mean there is a problem. Before calling a professional garage door service technician, use a spray-on lubricant (recommended especially for garage doors). If the noise persists, call a professional door installation expert for service.

Install Safety Cables
If your garage door has extension springs, you need a safety cable that runs through the spring and secures to the wall or ceiling at each end. When your garage door is down, extension springs are under high tension. If the spring breaks, it may cause injury. A safety cable can keep that broken spring contained. If you have extension springs but do not have a safety cable, call your local dealer for a safety inspection.

Tamper Resistant Brackets
Since the bottom brackets on a garage door are connected to the door’s springs, these brackets are under extreme tension. They should be adjusted or loosened only by a trained door systems technician. Many manufacturers now include tamper resistant hardware that prevents loosening of the brackets by a novice.

Struggling Doors Require a Trained Professional
If your door doesn’t  work smoothly, you may have an unsafe condition. Even older garage door systems should go up and down smoothly. If the awkward operation continues when the door is manually operated, a spring system may be out of balance. This can cause premature wear and tear on other important garage door components. Spring systems are dangerous and should be repaired only by trained garage door service technician.

Emergency Release
During a power failure the garage door may be impossible to open. Since 1982, automatic garage door openers have an emergency release to disengage the garage door from the opener. Once disengaged, you can open the door by hand. Make sure you know where this is and how to operate it. It is usually a short rope hanging from the unit. Pulling the rope disengages the door from the automatic door opening mechanism.

A New Door should use the Track Designed for that Door
When buying a replacement a garage door, some homeowners are tempted to save a few dollars by putting the new door on the old track. However, your old track may not fit with your new door, depending on the thickness of your sections, the weight of the door, the headroom required, the location of the garage door opener, and other considerations. The track and sections work together as a system. For maximum performance and long life, you should use the track that is designed for your specific door.

Keep Your Garage Door Manual Handy
Keep the owner’s manuals for your door and opener hanging near the door for easy reference. Every model of door and opener has specific safety instructions unique to that model. Where is your manual?

Garage Door Annual Check-up
Your garage door is probably the largest moving part in your home and is typically used every day. Over time, parts can wear out and break, creating potential safety problems. Although you should provide monthly safety checks and maintenance to your garage door system, an annual visit from a trained door systems technician can keep your door operating safely and smoothly for a long time.

Kids-Garage-Door-SafetyKeep Your Kids Safe!

Children need to understand that garage doors are dangerous!  They should never leave bikes and toys in the path of the garage door while the door is open.

The door activation button should be amounted five feet from the ground, out of reach of small hands. It’s important that we teach our children that the garage door and garage door remote are not toys.

Teach Your  kids about Garage Door Safety – DOORS

  • D OORS are Heavy – Children should never run or play under or near the  garage door, especially when the door is in operation.
  • O PENERS are for Adults – Children should never play with the button on the wall that operates the garage door.
    O UCH! – Children should never touch any part of a moving garage door. Fingers and hands can get hurt!
  • R EMOTES are for Adults – Children should never play with the garage door remote control in the car or on a key chain.

The first and most obvious way to make your garage door safe is to install a modern system that meets current standards. Next, maintain your garage door by having an annual maintenance check up at least once a year by a professional garage door service technician.

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