Safe Garage Doors for Rental Properties

Securing The Windows In Your Garage Door

Posted by on Feb 6th, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Securing The Windows In Your Garage Door

Authorities in Edmonton estimate that there are an average of eight home invasions each month. Many would-be burglars gain entry to a property through the garage door, and windows can provide an easy access point into your home. If your garage door features windows, here are three simple things you can do to secure these windows against home invasions in the future. 1. Add privacy film to your garage door windows. Windows in a garage door provide criminals with a simple way to view the items you house inside your garage. If valuable items are easily spotted, your home could be targeted for a home invasion. Doing something as simple as preventing would-be criminals from viewing your belongings can help reduce your chances of being victimized. If a thief can’t see whether or not you have items that would make the risk of a home invasion worthwhile, he or she may be less likely to attempt a break-in. Adding privacy film to your garage door windows will help you make your property more secure in the future. 2. Install security bars on your garage door windows. Breaking a garage door window can be a simple way to gain entry to your property. By taking the time to install some security bars on your garage windows, you make it impossible for a thief to climb through a broken window. Using some pieces of half-inch steel pipe, screws, and washers, you can easily create an impenetrable barrier behind your garage door windows. Have your local hardware store pre-cut some lengths of steel pipe, then install these pipes along the interior side of your garage door behind any existing windows to provide your home with maximum security. 3. Consider installing shatter-proof glass panes in your garage door windows. The type of glass used in your garage door windows can play a role in deterring potential criminals from trying to access your property. Installing panes of shatter-proof glass can make it difficult for a thief to break into your garage. Since the glass panes will not shatter on contact, it’s likely that a thief will search out a more accessible home to burglarize. Shatter-proof glass panes make the perfect addition to your garage security plan. Keeping your home safe from invasion can be as simple as taking the time to secure your garage door windows. Applying privacy film, installing security bars, and adding shatter-proof glass are all simple solutions to help you secure your garage door windows in the future. Professionals like Pivotech Doors Inc can...

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About The Cause & Solution For A Garage Door That Doesn’t Open

Posted by on Jul 8th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on About The Cause & Solution For A Garage Door That Doesn’t Open

Has your garage door stopped opening and you have no clue how to fix the problem? You may have an easily repaired problem with the sensors, or the door may simply be old and damaged. Find out below how a garage door can stop opening, as well as what a professional can do about it. What Can Lead to a Garage Door Not Opening? The only way for the sensors to work is for them to be able to communicate with each other, as there is one near the bottom of both sides of the garage door. They communicate by way of infrared beams that connect when the door is being opened or closed. If the there is dirt creating a blockage that prevents the beams from connecting, your door won’t open. This is because malfunctioning sensor are unable to communicate with the motor to lift the door. Your garage door can also stop opening if there is something wrong with it, such as having multiple dents. The dents can interfere with how the door is situated in the tracks. It is possible that the door is bent from someone accidentally hitting it at a high speed with their bike, or bumping into it with a car. How Can a Professional Fix a Garage Door that Doesn’t Open? The first thing that a professional will do is inspect the garage door sensors. He or she will find out if the sensors should be replaced or cleaned. Cleaning the sensors should fix the problem if dirt is blocking the infrared beams. It is also possible that the sensors are only in need of being reset, which is necessary on occasion. Sensors must be reset if they stop the garage door due to something being under it. Unplugging the door for at least a minute and plugging it back up should reset the sensors. If the garage door is bent or severely dented, you will need a new one. However, a professional may attempt trying to remove the dents by using commercial equipment. You are looking to spend at least $400 on a new garage door. However, the price can be higher depending on the size and type of door that is installed. Don’t leave your vehicle sitting outside and risk getting damaged if bad weather comes. Get help from a specialist (like General Door Services) so your garage door can open...

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How to Repair a Hole in Your Wooden Garage Door

Posted by on Apr 2nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you accidentally back your vehicle into your wooden garage door while it is closed, you will not be able to open it until you make necessary repair. If you had hit your brakes upon impact, you may not have much damage, allowing you to make the repairs yourself. Larger hits that involve large holes or pieces falling off of the door would need to be fixed by a garage door repair service like Calgary Overhead Doors LTD. On the other hand, here are some instructions for you to use if you are dealing with a much smaller repair. Materials You Will Need Bucket of soapy water Sponge Needle-nose pliers Epoxy wood filler Screwdriver Sander Fine-grit sandpaper Paint in the same color as the door Paintbrush Clean the Surface Before you can make your repair, you will need to clean the surface of the wood where the vehicle had hit the door. This will allow the filler to adhere without any debris or wood splinters getting in the way. Wash the affected area completely using a sponge dipped in soapy water. If you notice any pieces of wood that have become splintered, remove them using a pair of needle-nose pliers.  Fix the Damaged Area After the wood has dried completely, you will be able to fill in the hole using epoxy wood filler. This can be bought at any hardware store. Open the packaging and pull off a piece of the filler from the amount enclosed. You will want a piece that appears to be about the same dimension as the hole. Rub it between your fingers so it becomes softened. When it feels pliable enough to adhere, place it into the hole. Use a screwdriver to push it into any cracks that you cannot reach with your fingers. Mold it over the entire hole so it is filled in with the epoxy wood filler. If you need to add more, you can simply pinch off an additional piece from the amount in the package and add to what you have already applied. Finish the Door When the putty has hardened, use a sander with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the putty so that it is uniform with the rest of the wood door. Check with a level to make sure you do not sand down too much, leaving you with a concave area. When the damaged spot has been smoothed, paint it with a fresh coat of paint so you can no longer tell there was a hole there at...

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Repairing Cracks In Your Wood Garage Door In Just 3 Easy Steps

Posted by on Mar 25th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Extreme weather, old age, or direct impact can all cause small cracks and holes in your wood garage door. While this minor damage may not interfere with the function of your door right away, it can impact the appearance of your door and ultimately make the door more susceptible to additional damage in the future. Thankfully, repairing this type of damage is a relatively easy process that most homeowners can complete on their own. In order to complete these repairs on your wood garage door, simply follow the three easy steps outlined below. Gather Your Supplies Before you begin the repair process, you will need to gather just a few basic supplies. These supplies include: fine grit sandpaper sanding block rotary tool putty knife (make sure to choose an appropriate size for the damage you will be repairing) wood putty clean cloth mineral salts paintbrush exterior finishing product of your choice (wood stain or paint) Step 1: Cleaning The Door Dirt, damaged wood, and other debris may have settled in or around the cracks that you will be repairing. In order to prevent this debris from interfering with the strength of your repairs, you will need to ensure that the area is thoroughly cleaned before any repairs can begin. In order to remove debris from inside each crack, simply reach deep into the crack with a rotary tool and then gently sand away any damaged wood or other debris that may be inside. Next, use your sanding block to carefully sand the area surrounding the crack. Be sure not to apply too much pressure during this process so that no additional damage is done to the wood. Finally, wet a clean cloth with mineral spirits and use this cloth to wipe away any saw dust or debris that is left behind. Allow ample time for the door to dry and then move on to the next step. Step 2: Repairing The Door Using your putty knife, fill each crack or hole with wood putty, paying special attention to the corners of the crack to ensure they are completely filled. Once the crack is filled in completely, use the edge of your putty knife to smooth out the top of the repair patch and remove any excess putty. You will need to allow the putty to dry completely before moving on to the next step. Depending on the brand of putty you choose to purchase, this drying process can take anywhere from several hours to a full day. Step 3: Restoring The Door Now that your door has been repaired, it is time to restore the overall look of your door. Begin by sanding the repair patch lightly to ensure it is completely smooth and even with the surrounding surface. Then apply a fresh coat of wood stain or paint to the recently repaired area in order to blend the repairs in with the rest of the garage door finish. Just A Reminder This repair process is designed to help you repair minor cosmetic damage to your wood garage door. However, this process may not be suitable for dealing with more severe damage, such as rotting wood or large gouges in your door, as this type of damage can interfere with the structural integrity of your garage door. When dealing...

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