• How to Keep Your Garage Door Secure While You’re On Vacation

    If you’re planning a summer vacation, you obviously want to make sure your home is safe and secure. While many homeowners focus on their home’s doors and windows, some don’t pay much thought to securing their garage door. You would hate to make sure everything in your home was secure only to back out of the garage and simply close the door without any additional security measures.

    If you have a newer garage door opener it may already have a vacation lock feature which would be located on the wall console. This feature disables the digital keyless entry pad and handheld radio controls. You’ll be able to close the door only once using a remote control and then the door will be disabled. If your system is not equipped with a vacation lock you can simply unplug the system from the electrical outlet so it will not be able to operate without power.

    If your garage door has smartphone capability you will be able to monitor the position of the door from anywhere you are located. This way you can grant permission to anyone needing to enter and be sure your door is closed properly. If you have a security camera attached to your garage you have an even higher level of peace of mind. Motion lights are also a good deterrent to any unscrupulous individuals or would-be thieves.

    If you prefer some simpler, “old school” techniques, you can use a manual lock on your garage door. Pairing this method with unplugging the garage door opener is a good way to keep your garage and home secure. For garage door openers and accessories contact Guardian Garage today to find out what we have to offer.

  • Why Did My Garage Door Come Off Its Tracks?

    As with many things in your home, you probably don’t pay too much attention to your garage door unless it’s not functioning properly. If your garage door stops opening and closing as it typically does or it comes crashing down, chances are that it’s come off its tracks. There are a variety of reasons why garage doors come off their tracks and the issues could be fixed quite easily by a professional.

    • Bent Door – This often happens when a driver runs into their garage door by pulling into the garage or backing out from it. Bent doors can be caused by other factors, but it commonly causes a garage door to come off the track.

    • Weak Tracks – Horizontal tracks can bend easily when they can’t handle the weight of the garage door, which is as heavy as 400 pounds. If you have a heavy garage door you need stronger tracks because if they are too weak the door will come off track.

    • Worn Out Rollers – There are several rollers that help glide a garage door along its tracks and helps it open and cloth smoothly. Even one or two rollers being worn out can lead to the door falling off its track.

    • Lift Cables – Lift cables are found on both sides of the garage door. The cable will break or come loose if the door loses alignment.

    • Loose Hardware – There are lots of moving parts connected to a garage door and over time they can wear down or come loose. Having every fastener on your garage door inspected and tightened is a good way to prevent this from causing problems.

    As you now know, there are plenty of reasons a garage door can come off its tracks. Once it does, stop trying to use it right away and schedule an appointment with Guardian Garage.