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We don't have a particularly large garage, and we do anything we can to try and conserve space. The old garage door had quite a wide swinging hinge, which meant there was a large area where we could not store anything. We have recently switched to a slimline garage door, which rolls up overhead and has a much smaller profile overall. Not only do we have more space, but the new garage door also looks great and has made the whole garage look nicer. This blog is all about new options for garage doors with slimline profiles and modern styling.

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Lockdown: How Automated Garage Door Openers Can Strengthen Your Home Security

by Tyrone Cooper

The average garage door may seem like a pretty robust piece of equipment, but even these substantial doors can be bypassed by skilled and determined burglars. As such, any accessory that can increase the security of your garage door will also dramatically increase the security of your home as a whole, and purchasing certain types of garage door opener can be a surprisingly effective way to do this.

Standard garage door openers will pretty much open and close your garage door on command, and little else -- however, by investing a little extra into a higher-end model, you can purchase a garage door opener with a variety of features designed to maximise your home security, even when you are elsewhere. Look out for the following useful security features when choosing your garage door opener:

Remote controls

Remotely controlled garage door openers may seem like a convienient luxury, but they can also provide a welcome increase to your home security. By installing remote operation options, you can lock down your garage door thoroughly to prevent manual operation of the door by unwelcome guests. Many owners of remote controlled garage door openers even take the exterior lifting handles off their garages, giving intruders very little purchase when trying to force your door open.

Timed closing

Naturally a garage door doesn't pose much of an obstacle to intruders if you forget to close it in the first place, and many home invasions start when a homeowner simply forgets to shut their garage door overnight. Door openers fitted with timed closing prevent such lapses in home security by automatically closing an open garage door after a set period of time. Many opener models allow this time period to be customised to your choosing, and these openers are also fitted with resistance sensors to prevent automatically closing doors from trapping objects or people.

Encrypted frequencies

A feature found on many higher-end garage door openers, this technology is useful for garage door openers with remote controls. By using a remote control that sends out encrypted signals to your garage door opener, you ensure that your remote and only your remote is capable of opening your garage door. This prevents garage break-ins by more technically-proficient intruders armed with generic door remotes, and also ensures that our garage door will not be inadvertently operated by the stray radio signals created by many electronic devices.

Battery backup

Even the most secure and advanced garage door opener isn't much used without a power supply, and having your garage door jammed partially or fully open during an extended power outage or other electrical mishap creates a huge gap in our home's security arrangements. Choosing a door opener with a backup battery prevents this unfortunate occurrence, by providing enough power for limited door operation even when all mains power to the opener has been cut.