Protecting Your Home Through Your Garage!

We all probably think of garage door maintenance as having a professional come out and make sure that everything is working properly.  From the garage door opening sensors to the drums and other springs and things.  What most of us may not have ever stopped to think about though is how to take preventative measures to ensure you and your families safety from break ins that are often attributed with access through your garage.  What exactly am I talking about?  Every year thieves are able to gain access into homes via the garage door.  Especially in the months leading up to the holidays when many people have Christmas trees with gifts around them. For thieves this is the gold mine time and they will go to all levels to gain access to homes and leave with stolen belongings.

So how does your garage door actually take part in thieves entering your home when the door is down and you have the opener in your car?   After reading a very interesting article on www.parkerdoorsaz.com, It was found that when garage door openers are left in your car in plain view, many thieves who happen to be scavenging around your neighborhood will break into your car and get the garage door opener.  They then proceed to open the garage door and gain access into your home through the door that most time leads into your kitchen.  Many people do not lock the door leading into their homes from their garage with the thought that if the door is down you’re safe from outside harm.  Thus it is recommended that if you keep your garage door opener inside you car, like most of us do, that you hide the remote from plain view.  It is further recommended that you invest in a keychain remote that will thus stay with your keys and you at all times.

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Purchasing New Windows

You have decided to make some upgrades to your home and are installing new windows.  What are a couple of things you may consider when shopping around for these windows?  For one the government has now created an energy saving program that enables you to a federal tax credit  for newly purchased windows.  The Energy Star Program has been launched to help promote the purchase of energy efficient windows for your home. In fact after conducting a nationwide study, it has been found that when installing certified energy saving windows you can lower your energy bill by 12 percent. This in turn aids in helping reduce the emission of greenhouse gases from homes and power plants. The guidelines when purchasing these windows  state that the windows have to have a U factor and solar heat gain coefficient less than or equal to .30. What exactly is a U factor? The U factor gauges the window’s insulation value while solar heat gain coefficient  measures how well heat transfer is blocked. If these guidelines are met you are eligible for the federal tax credit equal to 30 percent of the windows cost up to a maximum of $1,500.  Installation is not included in the tax credit however.

Another thing to consider when purchasing new windows is what type of material you would like. The guys at Metroplex Windows & Glass were incredible about explaining the increasing trend of installing fiberglass windows.  As of a few years ago only 3 percent of the window market was made up of fiberglass material.  However, with people realizing the durability and virtually maintenance free characteristics fiberglass windows have to offer, many are installing these instead of traditional vinyl.  Not only are they middle of the road when it comes to price point, they are also stronger than vinyl and will not warp, rot, or crack. The only down fall is that as of now colors are a bit limited.  With more focus and demand for these types of windows I believe we will see a big growth in color and style options in the near future.

It is always good to explore all options when adding to or renovating your home.  With new materials and techniques frequently emerging the home improvement industry and its supplies are forever changing.  It is always beneficial for both your pocketbook and the environment to purchase energy efficient products.