Once known as “that place you park your car,” garages now serve as work rooms, craft corners, and entertaining and recreation spaces. In short, garages have become an extension of the home.
Most people prepare their home for the changing seasons, but many do not give their garages a second thought. Yet, updating garages can make them more functional while also improving the home’s security and safety.
The Chamberlain Group, the manufacturer of LiftMaster (www.LiftMaster.com), a brand of professionally installed garage door openers and access solutions, offers tips for improving garages this fall:
* Create more storage space. As school begins, kids start to bring home sports equipment, so finding storage space may become an issue. But it’s easy to create additional storage space — just look to the ceiling! Installing an innovative, yet powerful, side-mounted garage door opener, such as the LiftMaster Side-Mounted Opener, opens up space on the ceiling for storing bikes, sports equipment and kayaks that need to be put away until next summer.
* Secure the entrance to your home. More than 70 percent of homeowners use the garage as the primary entrance to their homes, and many children let themselves in when they get home from school. Installing a fingerprint-activated keyless entry means that you won’t have to worry about lost keys or kids telling their friends the access code.
Kids may accidentally leave doors half-open. Keep your house from becoming vulnerable by installing a garage door monitoring system. The monitor, which can sit anywhere in your home, alerts you when the garage door has been left ajar.
* Always have a back-up plan. If you store your car in the garage and there’s a power outage, you could find yourself stranded. Luckily, some garage door openers are capable of functioning even if the rest of the house has no power. For example, LiftMaster garage door openers with the EverCharge Standby Power System will open and close the door for up to two days without power.