If your top priority is keeping your family, possessions and home safe, we’re right there with you.
We all worry about locking the front door but in reality, our Garage door may be the main access to our homes and protector of our most valued belongings; – it needs to be safe, reliable and secure.
Garages and garage doors are a favourite for burglars. Depending on the age of your garage door, it can be a weak link in the overall security of your home so it is important to understand the type of garage door you have and the vulnerabilities you need to be aware of.
Click on your type of door below to understand how you can make your home secure or contact Garador Auckland for more advice.
How secure is your garage door?
Sectional doors are the most secure doors available, they completely seal off the opening (when measured and installed correctly) so there is no way to access any internal locking systems. The folded steel panels of a sectional door are also very rigid and often there is added reinforcing across the back of the door. The door is held securely against the building by the tracks but make sure all fixings are tight and the tracks are not loose in any way. When an opener is attached, it holds the door closed by not allowing the door to be lifted up – you should test this on a regular basis.
Roller doors are reasonably secure as they have guides down each side of the door holding it against the building – you should make sure that the guide fastenings are tight and the guide is not loose in any way. A quality roller door will have a pick-resistant lock but make sure that the lock rods go right through the guides when the door is locked manually. When an opener is fitted to a roller door, the manual lock is disabled and the opener holds the door closed. The door curtain should be securely ‘pinned’ at the top of the roll so that the door cannot be lifted up. check that it is not possible to push up the curtain enough t to slip under. If you can lift the curtain, contact Garador Auckland to get your door serviced.
Unfortunately, tilt doors are one of the most vulnerable doors – the gap all around the door allows access to the locking system for those that know what they are doing. Tilt doors are generally weaker in their construction methods with limited bracing in order to keep weight down. When automated, the bottom corners are not generally locked which gives burglars confidence that they can pry open the door. Your best option is to replace your tilt door with a newer style of door that will not only increase security, but also improve weathertightness.