In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some of the basic tips we typically offer clients on how to secure and protect their garage door and garage space when leaving for any sort of prolonged trip. The garage door is one of your home’s top security measures, and ensuring it’s providing you with the proper protection when you leave the house is very important.
At Crawford Door Sales, we’re proud to offer not only a wide range of residential garage doors, including steel carriage doors, foam-injected doors and many other options, but also to provide our clients tips on how to best care for and utilize our products. What are some other important tips we can offer on securing your door and garage space prior to any trip or vacation? Here’s a primer.
Padlock Your Throw Latch
In many cases, your garage door will come with what’s known as a throw latch, which sits directly on your door and is used to secure the garage. Although it’s a fairly easy part of your door to remove, if you want extra security before hitting the road, we suggest using a padlock on this latch, which can provide some added protection against any would-be intruders attempting to enter your garage space.
In cases where your door doesn’t have one of these latches, you can still secure it additionally. You do this by procuring C-clamps, which you attach to both sides of the door from the inside to help lock it in place. We advise doing this on both sides, as it will likely provide you with a little more peace of mind.
Secure Interior Door
It’s not just your actual garage door that should be secured and locked when you leave — you should also ensure the door connecting your garage to the rest of your home is locked, as well. This is an often-overlooked step, but one that is just as important as securing your garage door. You can do this by either using a standard deadbolt lock or a keyless entry system on the interior door.
Keep Your Garage Area Well Lit
One of the simplest ways to protect your home from an intruder is to ensure that they can see you coming. Especially at night when visibility is typically lower, keeping your garage well-lit is a great way to deter anyone from attempting to break into your home or garage. You can do this by installing motion-sensor lights near your garage door and/or by keeping the interior of your garage space well-lit.
For more on how to secure and protect your garage door and garage area for any trip you’re taking, or to learn about any of our residential or commercial garage door services, speak to the pros at Crawford Door Sales today.