Your garage is one of the points of access to your home. And just as with any other entrance, you need to protect it. You wouldn’t leave your front door open for just anyone to enter, so why wouldn’t you make sure that your garage door was well-maintained and secure?
Given that the average garage door weighs over a hundred pounds, you need to ensure that it's moving well and functioning correctly to be safe while operating it. A secure garage door is one that is both protected from those who might try to break in and from potential injuries or damages caused by its operation.
There are several safety features commonly available for the standard garage door, including things like auto-reverse, motion detection, and manual control. Automatic garage doors need to be adequately maintained at all times, and installing garage door springs can also help you to keep your garage door as safe as possible.
In this article, we’ll go over some of these basic safety features included in most modern garage doors.
Security Measures Available for Your Garage Door
Most of the protection afforded to garage doors today comes from the auto-reverse feature. When your garage door is closing, this feature senses movement underneath the door and automatically reverses its motion to open it back up and avoid crushing anyone or thing passing underneath.
Though this feature may be slightly annoying to the person trying to quickly duck under a closing door without interrupting its movement, it was invented and implemented because of the number of deaths and injuries that occurred over the years due to a garage door’s non-stop movement. Test yours regularly to make sure the reverse feature is working correctly, and if it’s malfunctioning, get it fixed as soon as possible.
Motion detectors work for your garage door in two different ways. First, they can tell if something is crossing the sensors' path. They are an essential component of your door’s auto-reverse function.
When tripped, your motion detectors can also turn on the garage lights, which will normally stay on for about five minutes, under normal settings. You can then see what's going on in your garage and driveway, and it keeps you safe! It can also work to deter possible burglars.
Every garage door needs a manual control feature, even if your door is motorized. What do you do if the power goes out and you need to get out of the garage? That's where manual control comes in handy!
There will normally be an emergency release handle that sets your garage to manual mode, which will allow you to then pull your door up or down.
Keep Your Garage Door Maintained
If your door is starting to show signs of slowing down or failing safety mechanisms, you should have a professional come out to assess it. From installing a new garage door spring to checking the auto-reverse feature is working, a qualified professional can perform your garage door maintenance when possible or recommend new garage door installation if necessary.
If you need commercial or residential garage door maintenance, repairs, or installation, call the experts at Midstate Overhead Doors today. We can quote you for an installation or a repair, and we guarantee that your garage door will have the longest possible lifespan. Check out our website today for the fix you need to keep your garage door operating!