A Guide to Garage Door Security

With the nights drawing in, would-be thieves and burglars are afforded greater opportunities to carry out crime. You’ll find plenty of articles on the Internet telling you that your garage door needs to be as secure as possible, for obvious reasons. However, at the Garage Door and Automation Centre, we find that giving our customers a good grounding in how garage door security systems work can help them make an educated choice on which is the best for them. If you’re considering buying a new garage door and want to know a little about how the security side of things work, read on…

Older Garage Doors

If your up and over garage door is more than 10 years old, the chances are that the securing latch is mounted on a timber sub-frame. For burglars, this offers little resistance to being forced and this can be done with small tools and without making much sound at all. Once the latch is compromised, it’s simply a matter of cutting the single or twin cables that operate the garage door. Similarly, older garage doors tend to be constructed around a C-channel frame which has a specific vulnerability. Offering little strength, these doors make it easy for opportunists and thieves to pull back one of the corner panels and gain access to the locking mechanism. Single-skinned garage doors made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) offer little resistance to a sharp knife and break-ins of this sort are almost completely silent.

Modern Garage Doors

With advances in technology, modern garage doors offer much greater obstacles to criminals intent on gaining entry to a garage. C-channel frames are no longer the norm, with box-section frames, made from steel offering much superior security. Accessible latches have been replaced with multiple-point locking systems; even were a burglar to compromise the material of the garage door itself, these locks ensure that the door will remain firmly shut. ABS, too, is now overlooked, in favour of more durable materials, with modern garage doors being made from the likes of steel, aluminium and wood. In addition, you can choose to have your garage door double-skinned, for greater insulation, noise reduction and security.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your old garage door to a new, modern model, get in touch. We’re always happy to share our expertise and experience with our customers.

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