The evening is a special time to relax and replenish in expectation for another busy day. It may seem obvious and a little strange to spend a blog talking about it, but it happens to almost everyone. Some extenuating circumstances cause us to rush into the house and forget about closing and securing the garage door. For some, rushing home to do vital tasks is necessary because of the pressures and fast-paced world around us. For many homeowners, this evening rush can cause them to forget to do something very important, close the garage door. You may say “No big deal, nothing to worry about.” Unfortunately, you may be wrong.
As a matter of fact, leaving your garage door open all night long, or even during the day for an extended period of time, may have you dealing with unfortunate consequences. It is an open invitation to unsavory characters. It is like offering them permission to enter your home and make themselves comfortable. Let us cover several arguments for why you need to continually take preventive measures to ensure you properly close your garage door each time you arrive home.
Thieves are Always on Duty
Burglars are always looking for the next big score. Despite the fact that the garage door was open for only a few minutes, even in the middle of the day, thieves are able to observe what you are doing and what valuable belongings you have stored in your garage. They are always on the lookout to score big.
For example, imagine you are driving down a street late at night and notice every garage door on the street is securely in the closed position. Then you happen to notice one home has the garage door wide open and there is no one inside the garage. A scene like this is exactly what a thief is looking for. They would not let that opportunity pass them by. If you do become a victim, and you have homeowner’s insurance the headaches involved in making a claim as well as explaining all the details to your insurer is a very unpleasant task. If you keep your garage door locked, you can keep this from happening.
Rodents and Small Animals Need Shelter
When the weather changes and there is more precipitation and lower temperatures, we tend to move inside. The truth is, animals feel the same way. They want to get out of the harsh elements and in a warm place to wait out the harsh weather. Because the garage door opens and closes frequently and stays ajar for varying lengths of time, small rodents and animals can find their way inside and get comfortable. Imagine you store a large bag of birdseed in the garage to fill your bird feeder. Once a cold and hungry rodent detects that scent, they will head towards it, no doubt about it. Once they are in, It can be very difficult to get them out. You may have to call animal control or sometimes they chew through the weather stripping to get out. Either way, it is a headache to get rid of them once they are in there. Keeping the garage door open for a short length of time can help prevent this from happening.
Be Sure your Garage Door is Closed
There are two helpful tools on the market that can help you to keep your garage door closed.
- A Garage Door Monitor (829LM)
This is a device that you install in your home, often in your bedroom. It will display the state of your garage door and allow you to close it.
- LiftMaster’s MyQ Technology
Since 2013, the Chamberlain / LiftMaster company has offered MyQ technology which lets you connect your garage door opener to your smartphone, tablet or laptop via the Internet. The MyQ app sends an SMS message telling you if your garage door is open or closed.
Things to Remember
If you would like more information on the two devices mentioned earlier, contact us. We are experienced professionals who know garage doors well. We can offer you advice and guidance based on your needs. If you would like, we can send you a quotation via email for your convenience.
Another option is to come and meet us at our showroom. If you are considering a new garage door, why not use our Design Centre to picture just what is could look like. Want inspiration? Then look through our image gallery for many stunning examples.
It is never a good idea to leave your garage door open all night long. By not securely closing the door at night, you are unconsciously leaving your home vulnerable to unwelcome thieves and rodents. So, add checking the garage door to your evening routine before going to sleep the same way you make your rounds to lock up other doors and windows in your home.