The security of your garage door is vitally important, as is any side doors connecting the garage and the rest of your property. Not only do many people use the garage to store valuable possessions, such as tools, vehicles and garden equipment, it is also often viewed by criminals as the most vulnerable entry point to the house.
If you have never really thought about the security of your garage door, now is the time to start - before you fall victim to criminals. In 2016 alone, 4.6 million crimes in England and Wales were recorded by police.
Don't delay, now is the time to act to ensure that all aspects of your home and life are as secure as possible - and there's no better place to start than with your garage door.
A new garage door could be a smart investment
Old garage doors with broken frames and dents are more likely to be targeted by thieves. They usually only have one lock and a gap where the top part of the door meets the frame creating a spot that is notoriously vulnerable to a crowbar.
New models are usually equipped with a range of the latest security features as well as a bar which protects the aforementioned area across the top. Whether you would like to add some garage door security features to your existing garage door or would like to invest in a brand-new door; here are some things to consider:
Which garage door types are the most secure?
Sectional and roller garage doors are widely held to be the most secure in terms of garage door security.
Sectional garage doors are becoming increasingly popular in the UK because of the reliable levels of security they provide. In a similar way to automated roller doors, sectional garage doors do not give intruders a clear point of entry. Research shows that most burglaries are opportunistic, and criminals will always target garage doors that look easy to break into. A recently installed solid sectional garage door can be a deterrent in itself and is a clear indication that the owner of the property takes security very seriously.
Moreover, a sectional garage door is an extremely secure option as it combines impressive levels of strength with a robust steel frame and a functional seal. A sectional garage door is designed to be very sturdy and long-lasting and to provide optimal levels of security to your property.
Roller Garage Doors
To maximise security levels, make sure you choose a roller door with good quality side rails, reinforced top and bottom slats, a robust locking system and, ideally, one manufactured from aluminium. Roller garage doors consist of layers of overlapping materials that mean the door is more or less impenetrable from the outside. Automated roller doors offer particularly high levels of security as they do not usually have an obvious point of entry.
Automated doors for increased garage security
In addition to choosing a style of garage door that offers a high level of security, you might also wish to consider automated doors. As well as being highly convenient, automated doors do not need visible locking hardware that can be a focal point of forced entry. Moreover, an automated system is designed to exert a powerful downward force until the remote is activated making it even more difficult to break into.
Shutter Spec Security supplies and installs a range of secure garage doors to suit all requirements. All garage doors meet the specifications of the Secured by Design (SBD) and the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) accreditations so you can be confident that your garage door will meet high-level security standards - these two certificates are both police and insurance approved. From 1st April we will be offering the SWS Securoglide Roller garage door with SBD as standard.
For more information, general enquiries or expert advice on garage door security, please feel free to contact the team at Shutter Spec Security today.