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How Do I Keep my Garage Secure?

How Do I Keep my Garage Secure?

You check the locks on all your doors and windows, and install security systems to keep your home safe while you’re away. However, you may be forgetting to secure one important part of your home – your garage. Many homeowners overlook their garages when
it comes to safety, but that is one of the easiest places intruders can enter through. These are the best ways to secure your garage and keep your home and family safe.

  1. Secure the Emergency Releases: By law, automatic garage door openers have emergency releases, usually a pull rope with a red handle. What most homeowners fail to realize is that this release can be easily unlocked from the outside with a coat hanger. Secure the emergency release with a zip tie to increase your garage’s security.
  2. Cover the Garage Windows: If your garage has windows in either the walls or door, intruders can scope out your home and identify valuables or easy entrances to your home itself. Cover your windows with one-way film or cover them completely to eliminate the threat of illegal entry.garage-door-remote-garage-door-center
  3. Lock All Pedestrian Doors: Make sure to lock any and all doors that provide entry into your home, including those connected to your garage. Installing a double-keyed deadbolt lock is the best way to keep the doors shut to anyone without a key. Additionally, do not leave spare keys hidden in obvious places. If you must leave a hidden key, place it in an inconspicuous spot several feet away from the door.
  4. Hold onto Your Remote Openers: Garage Doors with remote controls are especially vulnerable to intruders since many people leave their remote in their cars. If possible, opt for a remote that is small enough to be kept on your keys. If you cannot get one that small, carry the remote with you so it isn’t at risk of being stolen and used to break into your home at a later time.
  5. Never Leave Your Garage Door Open: If you want to avoid someone stealing any valuables from your garage or home, don’t leave your garage door open when you’re not physically there to watch the surroundings. Even if you’re just running inside for a quick lunch or taking a short trip to the store, close and lock your garage door so no one has access to your home.

Another good way of securing your garage is making sure your garage door is in good condition. Dents or cracks in the door or weather stripping can make it easier for intruders to enter your home. The Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs for your home in the Fairfield, CT area. Call us at 203-255-3033 for more information about repairs for your garage door.

How to Handle Pests in Your Garage

How to Handle Pests in Your Garage

You might see your garage as a storage space, but mice, bugs, and other pests see it as a warm sanctuary from the winter cold. To keep your home safe from unwelcome critters, use these tips for handling pests in your garage.

Identifying Pests

Before figuring out how to remove them, you must know how to tell if pests are making a home in your garage in the first place. The easiest way to do this is by actually spotting the critters. Since some may be smart enough to hide when you’re around, look for droppings or gnawed spots in the walls where mice and other pests may burrow. Sounds in your garage can be another sign of pests. At night, mice will usually make scratching noises, and you may also hear chirping if a new litter has been born. Always check any piles of clothes or papers since these are a popular place for pests to hide.

Removing Pests

There are a variety of ways to remove pests from your garage, some more humane than others. The best way to safely get rid of pests is by removing their food and water source. Electronic pest removal systems don’t always work since mice can get used to the sound given off and learn to ignore it. Traditional methods of pest removal include pesticides and spring-loaded traps. These are the least humane options you can choose but are also the least expensive. Whatever method you decide on, make sure to check your garage regularly until you find no signs of pests.

Preventing Pests

Once your garage is no longer a critter motel, you must make sure that future pests can’t take up residence. Block off all openings with mesh wire, and find and fill any mice holes with steel-wool and caulk. Remove any food or water sources in your garage and store clothing or papers in pest-proof, plastic bins.

A common way to end up with pests in your garage is by having a broken garage door. Critters can sneak in through damaged weatherstripping or holes in the door itself. Garage Door Center is your go-to for garage door repairs in Fairfield, CT. Call us today to have us inspect your door for damage and make any repairs necessary to keep your garage pest-free.

If you need garage door repairs in Fairfield, Ct, call Garage Door Center at 203-255-3033.


Garage Storage in Winter Don’ts

Garage Storage in Winter Don’ts

More often than not, the garage is a space used for storing items you don’t want or don’t have room for in your home. The average garage will be filled with seasonal clothes, some workshop tools, a few bikes, and maybe a car. However, there are a few things you shouldn’t keep in your garage during winter. Check out these garage storage don’ts.garage-storage-donts-garage-door-center

  • Propane: While you may want to store a propane tank or two in your garage so you’re ready for barbecues when summer finally comes, having them there can be dangerous. Propane tanks should be kept outside, where it is well-ventilated, so if one leaks, you don’t risk a fire or explosion when starting your car.
  • Open Stacks of Linens or Paper: These make the perfect homes for mice and bugs since they provide warmth and shelter for the little critters. Store all of your paper goods in your pantry instead. If you have to store old linens in your garage, place them in sealed, plastics bins.
  • Refrigerators: While it’s nice to have an extra fridge or freezer in your garage to keep food in during winter, your fridge will cost you a pretty penny when it comes to your energy bills. Plus, once the temperature drops below 60 degrees, your fridge won’t work as efficiently since it’s already cold.
  • Canned Food: The changing weather can significantly affect the shelf life of canned food kept in your garage. If your food freezes in the winter cold, it may be able to be thawed, but it may not be as good of quality.
  • Paint: Leftover paint won’t make it to your next home project if subjected to falling winter temperatures. Plus, leaving cans on a cement floor will cause them to rust faster than those left on shelves.

Contrary to popular belief, your garage is not a catch-all when it comes to storage. Knowing what and what not to store in your garage can make a big difference in how safe and healthy your garage space is.

When sorting out your storage, take notice of your garage door. If it needs repairs or replacement, come to Garage Door Center of Fairfield, CT. We offer an amazing selection of custom doors to refresh your home’s look. Call us today at 203-255-3033 or visit our showroom!

Tips to Cut Garage Energy Costs

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When you think of cutting energy costs in your home, you probably see your kitchen and bathrooms as the culprits of costly operation. You may not know that your garage could be costing you a pretty penny in energy efficiency too. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and cut garage energy costs, follow these tips.

  • Insulation: If you have an attached garage, your home shares walls with your house itself. A lack of insulation can cause hot and cold air to flow back and forth through those walls and make controlling your home’s temperature harder. Insulation will prevent thermal energy from escaping your home and keep fumes from your car from seeping into your home.
  • Concrete Floors: Even if you have cement floors, continual changes in temperature can cause them to crack. Those cracks, no matter the size, seriously decrease your ability to control temperatures in your garage. You can seal cracks with concrete caulk, but also try laying mats and carpets down to control climate changes.
  • LED Lights: LED Lights help reduce your home’s overall carbon footprint by running on less energy than common CFL bulbs do. If you find yourself leaving the lights on in your garage, invest in a light timer to shut them off automatically as a way to cut energy costs even more.
  • Older Appliances: Many of us have a spare refrigerator or freezer in our garage. If yours is a bit older, it may be time to replace it with a more energy efficient model. It costs more to run an older appliance than it does to invest in a newer, Energy StarⓇ one.
  • Seals & Thresholds: A quick way for hot and cold air to move throughout our homes is through the connecting door and garage door itself. Repair any cracks, rips, or gaps in your weatherstripping to prevent air from going in or out of your garage. Also, check your weatherstripping regularly as it tends to wear down and need replacing over time.

There are a bunch of improvements you can make to cut garage energy costs and increase efficiency. Plus, by following these tips, you’re reducing your carbon footprint and helping our planet. Garage Door Center offers garage door repairs to help keep your garage as energy efficient as possible.

For more information on the garage door repair services we offer,  call 203-255-3033 and set up an appointment to swing by our Fairfield, CT showroom.


Garage Safety Tips

Garage Safety Tips

Each year, there are 6,600 garage fires in homes across the U.S. These fires, according to FEMA, cause $457 million in property loss, and injure 400 people. No one garage-door-center-garage-safetywants to be the victim of a fire, so follow these garage safety tips to protect you and your home.

-Connect your garage to the inside of your home with a 20-minute fire-rated door that is self-closing and self-latching.
-If a garage wall is attached to your house, install a half-inch Type X gypsum board, or an equivalent, on that wall. This will slow the fire from spreading to your home.
-If you have access to your attic from your garage, install an attic hatch to block fires.
-Always have a heat detector in your garage so you are alerted of any fires.

-Store materials that can catch fire away from your home.
-Use safety locks and guards when storing products on shelves or in cabinets to prevent items from tipping or falling.
-Store materials that can cause a fire out of the sunlight and away from open heat and flames.
-Do not fill gasoline containers indoors, and only store them in well-ventilated locations.

-Plug in only one charging appliance at a time.
-Do not use an extension cord when charging appliances – plug them directly into an outlet.
-If you see or experience any faulty wiring, call an electrician to fix it. (Most garage fires are caused by electrical problems.)
-Keep appliances away from any materials that can burn.

-Throw out products according to the label instructions. Do not keep them longer than advised.
-Don’t throw an aerosol can into the trash, as it may contain chemicals that can burn and start a fire.
-If you have a spill, clean the area and place the container in a well-ventilated space.
-If you find that a spill cannot be contained or you are not sure how to handle the cleanup or disposal of the product, call your local fire department for help.

At Garage Door Center, we recognize that the best way to enjoy your garage is by being safe. The last thing anyone wants is to turn their garage into a man-cave or install one of our custom garage doors, only to have a fire put it all in jeopardy. Follow these garage safety tips to ensure you, your family, and your home are protected.

Have your home stand out with a custom garage door from Garage Door Center. Call 203-255-3033 today, and schedule an appointment to meet with us at our Fairfield showroom!

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