The Importance of Garage Door Locks

Maybe it is something you do not think very much about, but the largest door to your house likely contains two important things to you: your automobile and an entry into your house. As a crucial access point to your house, it is often the easiest way to shift things in and out and the same convenience you have in your daily life may prove to be a vulnerability for thieves. The following article will explain how to ensure your garage is safe and protected and what to do if something goes wrong.

Types of Doors and Locks

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Although these days most people utilize a wireless remote transponder technology, it is important to be aware of the different types of locks there are and which in particular you have. This will make servicing them a lot easier.

Many people who live in cities may have a standard lock, which requires exiting the automobile and manually opening up the garage. This is the time-honored system that has been around for years, but can often be the most vulnerable as it only requires someone with the knowledge of how to pick a lock to get in.

If you cannot afford to or cannot because of housing regulations install an electronic opener, it is a great idea to consult with a locksmith to ensure that your lock is up to date, or replace it with something more modern.

The vast majority of people these days, however, use a transponder remote. These are similar to radio-based remotes that were used for about thirty years, but have the additional safety benefit of utilizing a computer algorithm that is unique to your garage.

Although this is much more convenient and secure, these can be subject to their own issues. Transponder remotes work by emitting a signal and if they are damaged then your garage door will not open. This can also happen if you allow the unit to fully run out of batteries. For these reasons, keep your batteries charge and if you do run into any issues call a professional immediately.

Some Basic Locksmith Tips

The garage door is a vital link into your home and as a result there are a few things you can do to ensure that your home remains safe:

  • Lock the door between your house and garage
  • Leave all keys inside your house
  • Keep your garage door opener in your glove compartment (some thieves have been known to break into cars at airports where they find out a person’s address and use their transponder to enter that person’s home)
  • Replace transponder batteries every six months or less
  • Never leave home until you are sure your garage is fully closed. Even if your garage door is just open six inches it can be enough for someone to figure out how to get in.
  • Keep bikes mounted or locked up inside the garage
  • Label your storage a little more broadly. Obviously you should never mark a box “jewelry,” but words like “antique” stick out to potential thieves so instead write something like old or broken “houseware.”

When You Need To Call a Pro Locksmith

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These days most people, use a wireless remote that opens their garage. For many, they use this as the primary way to enter their home. Although this is generally a great way to get into your house, it always helps to keep a copy of your house keys on your car keychain. If you are having trouble with your garage door, there are many reasons why you might want to consult with a professional.

First of all, after you move into a new house, it is always a good idea to consult with a garage door professional to make sure everything is in working order. They can also reprogram the transponder from the previous tenant so that you can be sure that only you have access to your home.

Not only this, but there are many times too when a garage door is not operating optimally, which is a sign that it is headed towards a breakdown. For example, it should not take several presses on a transponder for the door to open or close. Furthermore, doors that require several presses to close, may start opening and closing randomly which is a security risk while you are away.

Finally, a professional garage door locksmith can offer you advice on how to best secure your own from potential threats or can provide an assessment to help with your home insurance cost.

Some of the other services that we can provide are:

  • Installing new locks
  • Garage door opener repair
  • Rekeying old garage doors
  • Garage door lockouts
  • Duplicating Remotes
  • Programming automobile-based transponders
  • Reprogramming keypads and transponders
  • Remote and Transponder Repair

Figuring it All Out

Whether you are moving into a new house, or have been living somewhere for a long time, you can certainly be busy. Between children, carers, friends and all the other joys and challenges of life, it can be easy to not notice some things.  As a result, it can be very easy to take advantage of everyday things as always working reliably. Nonetheless, when you are thinking about the safety of your home, you must remember how people access it and where you keep your valuables.

From tools to toys to cars and maybe general storage, your garage may contain a lot that is important to you.

For this reason, take the time to consult with a locksmithing professional to ensure that your home is in good hands.

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