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The garage door is one of the most vulnerable openings in your home, and without proper precautions, burglars could easily slip in unnoticed and have unrestricted access to your home. Check out these security tips from A1A Overhead Door Company of Jacksonville, FL to keep your garage door and property secure.
Reinforce Your Door
It makes sense that a door made out of heavy-duty materials will stand up better to break-in attempts. Most garage doors are made out of lightweight materials such as aluminum for easy opening and closing; for these, some simple reinforcement with plywood or steel supports can provide adequate deterrence. If you have valuable tools or other equipment, secure them to floor or use padlocked chains. Finally, an old-fashioned lock that bolts the door to the floor can provide unbreakable protection.
Consider Advanced Security Measures
For systems with remote garage door openers, keep in mind that radio signals can be intercepted. Many remote-controlled garage door systems default to the same few radio frequencies, meaning that your neighbor’s garage door opener may actually work for your garage door. For the best results, change the factory settings of your remote or use an encrypted opener. All of these garage safety measures are for naught if you or a family member has a habit of leaving the door open; consider installing a garage door monitor to automatically close the door after a timed interval.
Look for Hurricane Ratings
Keep in mind that whatever garage door system you choose, Florida building codes require the installation of hurricane-rated doors. Your garage door contractor should be able to provide documentation of your unit’s compliance with state regulations.
Keep your Jacksonville home safe, secure, and beautiful with A1A Overhead Door Company—contact us at (904) 395-5130 to request a free estimate. We offer a wide range of name brand garage door systems at competitive prices, and our specialists will ensure that your system functions flawlessly for years.
Last updated 9 days ago
Drive through any neighborhood in the U.S., and you’ll likely see garages attached to many of the homes. There are currently 82 million homes in the U.S. with garages, and 71% of homeowners say that they use their garage as the main entry into their home. How did garages become such a big part of modern homes? Read this brief history to find out:
Before automobiles, many wealthy and middle-class Americans relied on horses and carriages to get around. While rural Americans had enough space for barns, those who lived closer to cities built smaller carriage houses for their horses. These carriage houses tended to be attached or in close proximity to the property owners’ main houses, and made for very convenient storage.
Invention of the Automobile
Once automobiles became popular in the early 20th century, they began replacing horses and carriages in homes across the country. Thanks to a rising middle class and federal road legislation, millions of cars flooded American roads, and garages became a regular part of new home construction. Since automobiles didn’t have the same smell issues of horses, garages could be more integrated into home design. The word “garage” is thought to come from “garer,” which is French for “to shelter.”
Garage Door Openers
Though automatic garage doors were invented in the 1920s, they didn’t become popular until the 1970s. Today, garage door openers have automatic sensors and are sophisticated enough to thwart burglars. Garages themselves have been used for many things in the past several decades—from hobby spaces to additional storage spaces. Some people even set up couches and use their garages as an extra living room.
Does your garage have an elegant door and fully functional opener? If not, call A1A Overhead Door Company at (904) 395-5130. We provide garage door and opener services for residents within 50 miles of Jacksonville. Visit our website to find out how our garage door experts can benefit your property.
Last updated 13 days ago
Some people assume that their garage is safe because they have a big, heavy door. However, the garage is a favorite infiltration point among burglars. Garages are unoccupied most of the time, they’re often filled with valuable items, and they can provide entry to the rest of the house. To keep burglars from taking your valuables, it’s a good idea to secure your garage door as best you can.
One of the best ways to prevent a burglary is to make sure your garage door remains shut at all times. If you have a manually operated door, be sure to lock it after you close it. Though windows can add a sense of style to your garage door, they can also give burglars a peek at your belongings. If you must have windows, consider buying frosted glass that is impossible to see through.
A1A Overhead Door Company is dedicated to installing and maintaining secure garage doors throughout the Jacksonville area. We promise to match or beat any competitor’s written estimate. Call us at (904) 395-5130 if you have any questions.
Last updated 20 days ago
Though hurricane season is winding down, it’s never too early to start thinking about next year. Over the past decade alone, hurricanes have caused hundreds of billions of dollars in damage, much of which could have been prevented with more substantial protection measures. Here’s a brief look at how you can prevent high-speed winds from damaging your garage:
Purchase a Stronger Door
Since your garage door is your garage’s chief form of defense, it must be very strong if it is to withstand hurricane-force winds. You might consider having a professional home inspector come to your home and help you determine whether your garage door can handle a big storm. If not, it may be a good idea to purchase a new door. Experts recommend doors that are rated to withstand winds of at least 150 mph.
Install Braces and Panels
Though a strong door is a great first step, there’s no guarantee that it will resist everything. To make your garage door even more secure, you might install various braces and panels. Braces are usually made of metal, and can be installed vertically or horizontally. Sheets of metal panels can protect the outside of your garage door, and are especially important for garage doors with windows.
Consider Door Netting
Installing netting across your garage’s opening can provide a last line of defense against a raging storm. You should be able to find a type of fabric that is strong enough to resist debris blown by high-force winds. To make sure your netting is effective, you should practice installing it before the storm. As a final measure against hurricane damage, consider bringing the valuable items in your garage further into your home.
Do you think your garage door can withstand hurricane-force winds? If not, have A1A Overhead Door Company of Jacksonville install a replacement. We also provide garage door maintenance and repair services, with a low $29.95 service call fee that includes a written estimate. Call us at (904) 395-5130 to speak with a representative.
Last updated 27 days ago
After driving home from a long day at work, you expect your garage door to open without any problems. However, there are several ways your garage door opener can malfunction, causing great frustration.
This video offers a few tips on how to identify a problem with your garage door opener. First, check your remote to make sure the batteries aren’t dead. Then, make sure your opener has power. If the problem persists, make sure the opener sensors on either side of your door are aligned and free of obstructions. To prevent problems, consider tightening bolts and lubricating the travel mechanism.
If your garage door is acting up, don’t hesitate to call A1A Overhead Door Company at (904) 395-5130. We provide expert garage door installation and repair services to homeowners throughout the Jacksonville area.