Plenty of Denver-area homeowners decide to make some much-needed exterior home upgrades during warmer weather months. Upgrades like landscaping, new windows, fresh coats of paint, and other top trends can help make your home look renewed and refreshed, too.
While all that’s important, it’s also crucial you focus on the not-so-esthetic upgrades — like home security. According to Safewise, the number of burglaries goes up during the summer by about 10%. With burglaries occurring every 22.6 seconds, no one is exempt from becoming a potential target.
That’s why we’re sharing a list of exterior home security updates to make ahead of the summer to keep you and your family safe year-round.
Outdoor sensor lighting
Exterior lighting can enhance the appearance of your home at night, but the addition of sensor lighting can potentially help deter intruders. Sensor lights are typically much brighter and strategically illuminate areas where burglars might try to enter your home. Plus, they turn on suddenly whenever there’s movement, providing another unexpected surprise for would-be criminals.
Deadbolts and floor bolts
According to security experts, deadbolts are essential for improved home security and one of the most effective locks you can place on doors. Most are made with steel, making them incredibly durable and difficult to break, crack, or pick. Adding a second deadbolt makes doors that much harder to break into.
Floor bolts are another great security upgrade for doors. These are attached to your door, typically at the bottom, with a long anchor that secures into the floor. Most floor bolts are also made with steel, adding another layer of protection to your doors.
Egress window grates
If you have open window wells on the outside of your home, window grates are a smart security investment. Most can be customized or adjusted to fit your window well, so burglars can’t remove them easily. Not only do these keep burglars from climbing into your basement windows, but they’re also designed to protect your family by preventing kids and pets from falling inside the wells.
Window and door alarms
Not all windows and doors will be able to have protective grates and deadbolts. That’s when you add another line of defense: security alarms. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth the investment, consider this: more than 95% of break-ins occur by breaking a door lock or window. On top of that, homes without a security system are more likely to be burglarized — about 2.5 to 3.5 times more likely. Window and door alarms can act as yet another deterrent for burglars — and, more importantly — another way to protect your family.
Secure garage door
Many homeowners will take extra steps to beef up exterior home security around their doors and windows. But one of the most important points of entry you can’t forget? Your garage door.
American Garage Door understands the importance of home safety, which is why we offer models that don’t have manual key releases on the outside. We also offer reliable garage door opener brands (Genie and LiftGate), which also come with enhanced security features like encryption technology and an automatic locking system when the garage door is down.
Invest in your home’s security at American Garage Door
Your family’s safety is crucial, which is why it’s time to take your exterior home security to the next level. With these added elements, you can have peace of mind knowing your Denver-area home is secure year-round, not just during the summertime. And when you’re ready to upgrade your garage door, turn to American Garage Door. We’ll walk you through every safety element of our models to choose the best one for your home. Explore all of our residential garage doors today!