10 Ways to Prevent Garage Break Ins

1. Secure the emergency release.
Using a coat hanger to pull the emergency release is a common break in tactic for intruders. Foil this plan by securing your emergency release with a zip tie. Or get rid of your latch all together.

2. Keep your opener out of sight.
Though it may be convenient to keep you garage door out in the open in your car, it can become an open invitation to breaking into you garage. Bring your garage door opener inside with you or hide it in your car—try under your seat or in the glove compartment.

3. Cover garage windows.
Don’t give bulgers the advantage of being able to see into your garage. If your garage windows aren’t tinted or frosted, keep them covered.

4. Install an alarm.
This seems like an obvious solution, but many houses have alarms within the house itself and don’t bother with the garage. A simple alarm system could save you some trouble.

5. Have a sturdy garage door.
Certain door will be easier to break into. When shopping around for your garage door, make sure you know it’s durability.

6. Light it up.
Break ins are less likely to occur when there is light. Whether you keep a light in your garage on or install motion sensing lights, this will likely deter criminals from entering.

7. Be noisy.
Just like light, noise can keep away intruders. They are much less likely to enter a place where they here noise. Keep a radio playing in your garage to scare off any unwanted visitors.

8. Keep the door from your garage into your house secure.
If an intruder does break into your garage, keep them from going farther by keeping the door to your house secure. Don’t assume that your garage door will do that trick, block all possible entry points.

9. Install security cameras.
Installing a security camera is easier and cheaper than it sounds. A bonus of having a camera set up—if you hear a suspicious noise coming from the garage, you can check the camera instead of investigating yourself.

10. Padlock your garage door.
When you’re going to be out of town, put a padlock on your garage door. This will add a little extra security and peace of mind for you.


How to Fix an Uneven Garage Door

How to Tell If Your Door is Uneven

In some cases, you may be able to tell just from looking at your garage door if it needs an adjustment. But there are a few other less obvious tells such as—making a strange noise when opening or closing, unable to open or close correctly, or taking a longer than usual to open or close. All of these things could mean that your door is out of alignment.
If you think your garage door is uneven, test it out. You can conduct a simple test by detaching the door from the opener and manually opening and closing the door. Lift the door by hand to the halfway point and carefully release it. If the door remains supported, it does not need an adjustment. However, if the door slams shut or open, it is out of balance.


Fixings Tips

To fix an uneven garage door, you may need to adjust the garage door springs. Springs can stretch and cause a shift in your garage door alignment. Torsion springs are mounted above the garage door and will run parallel with the door. These may need to be replaced or just tightened.
There may be an even simpler solution—try pushing the door back to adjust it. The vertical track may go out of alignment and just needs to be shifted back. This could also be caused by a loose lag screw. After pushing the door back into position, check and tighten any loose screws. Your door should then hang evenly and work correctly.


Cleaning Out and Organizing Your Garage

Cleaning and organizing the garage seems to always be on everyone’s to-do list. But doing it once in a thorough fashion can help you to keep it clean and organized long term. Follow these tips to make the most of your garage space.

Take Your Time
Cleaning out your garage can be a daunting task. Don’t plan on finishing all the cleaning and organizing in a few hours or even a day. Set aside time to do it right, which will save you time in the future. Clear out your entire garage to start.

Cleaning Your Garage Floor and Walls
Once you’ve cleared your garage, clean it out while it’s free and clear. Quick tip—use a leaf blower to remove any debris, dust, or dirt from the garage floor. Then take to the walls with some soap and hot water to scrub off any unwanted marks or debris.

Optimizing Storage
No matter you garage size, make the most of the space you do have by optimizing your storage. Use the walls vertically and the ceiling space whenever possible. Place regularly used items in an easily accessible place and place items that are not so frequently needed in less convenient spaces.

Throw It Out
One of the easiest ways to keep your garage organized is to minimize clutter. A garage can often serve as a catch-all for unwanted and unused items. When you come across something that you haven’t used lately, ask yourself—do I need it? When was the last time I used it? When would I use it again? Clear out the clutter and get rid of some of those unnecessary odds and ends.


Boost Your Curb Appeal with These 5 Garage Door Upgrades

There are many easy and effective ways to boost your curb appeal and add to the overall aesthetic of your estate with your garage door. Whether you’re looking to sell your home or just add value to your property, make the most of your home with these tips.  


  • Go traditional with a carriage style door.  

These doors provide for a classic look with a modern function. Carriage doors are often made of wood and have a barn-like feel with metal handles and wood paneling.  If you like a more traditional style, this could be the one for you.


  • Add some color!

Adding a pop of color to your garage door will certainly boost your curb appeal. Plus, painting your garage door is a much simpler way to add some color to your property than painting the exterior of your house. Show a little personality and pick a color that compliments your home and your style. This can also be a great way to add a little contrast to the overall look of your estate.


  • Try a wooden garage door.

Try a more unique style with wooden garage doors. These doors are very customizable and come in a variety of options and sizes. Whether stained or painted, they can provide a more distinctive look. Wood is also a natural sound barrier and provides for more insulation.


  • Windows!

Windows add a lot to a garage door, including natural lighting. If you’re planning to use your garage as a workspace, this could be a useful benefit! You can also match the windows on your garage door to the windows on your house for a more cohesive look.


  • Include some vertical lines and relief patterns in your door design.

Add a little depth and dimension to your look with some vertical lines and relief patterns. This will make your garage door more visually interesting and add some texture!

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Three Garage Summer Maintenance Tips

Just because your garage door lasts a long time doesn’t mean it doesn’t need a little TLC. Summer is a great time to attend to your garage door; the weather is nice and you’ll likely already be outside doing other outdoor projects or playing in the yard. It’ll only take a few minutes, and doing these three garage summer maintenance tips can help your garage door last for years and years. Here are your three maintenance tips to complete…


Wash Your Garage Door

Washing your garage door is a great idea, not only because it’ll keep your garage door looking nice and will help increase the overall curb appeal of your home. Washing your garage door will remove the dirt, grease, and grime that inevitably builds up over time. To do this, give your garage door a thorough rinse with water, then wash with mild detergent to clean your steel or aluminum doors.  You may need to use a soft cloth to help remove any remaining debris. After you’ve thoroughly cleaned your garage door, you can use a thin layer of car wax to help repel any future build up until then next time you clean your garage door.


Lubricate Moving Parts and Weather Stripping

One of the things that will help your garage door last the longest is to make sure all of the moving parts are working correctly. To work correctly, you’ll need to be sure that the moving parts are all properly greased. If you’re experiencing any loud noises or screeches when you open or close your garage door, lubricating the hardware will also solve this problem. Be sure to lubricate the track, rollers, and all hinges. Use a product specifically made for garage doors, or hire a garage door expert to make sure your garage door is properly lubricated. It’s also a good idea to make sure the weather stripping is properly lubricated to keep is soft and properly sealing out cold, heat, and pests.


Thorough Inspection

Lastly, it’s a good idea to hire the help of local garage door installers to thoroughly inspect your garage door.  It it easy for parts to wear out without even being aware of their decay. If you aren’t regularly inspecting your garage door and thoroughly, you may end up with a damaged garage door, garage door parts, your car, or even loved ones. Whether you have a garage door from Costco, or a garage door from Lowes, have a professional like those at the Garage Door Man check it out. Besides garage door repairs and installation for both standard and custom garage door sizes, Garage Door Man can help with any of your garage door needs.