Essential Garage Safety Measures
What do you see when you first examine a garage?
The garage door. This is the first and most important “contact” of your garage to the world. If you want full confidence in your garage, this “contact” should be 100% secure and safe. Also, the door says a lot of you and of your taste in design. You can have a beautiful house but if your garage door is a wooden, plain, white one that makes an awful sound when opened or closed, says a lot of you and your negligence regarding style and safety.
An aging garage door and opener could be a real threat to your children or pets. Injuries and death are a thing of the past with the new openers and garage doors. If you plan to remodel your garage, one of the first steps in doing this must be changing your doors and openers.
Old garage doors have been heavy, huge, wooden colossus that rots and crack. Even though wooden doors provide a wide range of styles and textures, the problems related to poor insulation are real and even of present times. An alternative is a fiberglass material, inexpensive, easy to lift, resistant to corrosion, and require little maintenance, but they also provide little insulation and security.
If you want a maintenance-free, durable, and not-wrapping garage door you need steel. They also provide good insulation, being made of two or more sheets of steel alternating with a variety of insulating materials. They also come in various textures, styles, shapes, and colors suited to your needs. Moreover, you can add windows including the reflective type that provide an obscure view into the garage.
In 1991, automatic reversal doors for garage door openers have been required by law in the United States, and since 1993 optical sensors became a requirement. The sensor works perfectly for your safety: if something gets in the way of the sensor beam while the door is going down, the sensor sends the door back up.
Also, the new design provides more security and quieter operation. Today, the silence options include a belt-driven trolley made of Kevlar or, the cheaper option, a screw-drive model with a plastic-lined track to lessen the noisy contact of metal-to-metal.
Remote controls have been upgraded, so you can find a remote control having enough buttons to control the lighting or appliances in your home and garage. Another option for your remote-control buttons is the child-safe lock-out and the rolling security codes which automatically change every time the garage door opens to prevent the stealing of your opener’s code.
Even though you have all these changes added to your garage, security and safety are not 100% guaranteed. It is better than the installation of a new garage door and opener be done by a professional team who can make the proper adjustments that will allow the sensitive equipment to provide you with the maximum amount of safety in your garage.