Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

Secures

The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

Infographic – Garage Door Opener Styles

Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.

 

Home Security

Making Your Home Safer – 5 Simple Step

There is nothing more important than feeling safe in your own home. Personal safety and the security of valuable possessions is the main concern of most people. Yet most people don’t take home security as seriously as they should, which is surprising as the FBI estimates that there is a burglary every 15.4 seconds in the US. So, how can you secure your home? And why should you spend on security?

Why Spend on Security?

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The main reason for spending on security is just that; to secure your property. Imagine the cost of repairing damaged doors/windows, replacing stolen items, increased insurance costs and the damage to you and your family’s mental health. Then imagine the cost of improving your home security. There’s one clear winner.

Deterrent

The harder it looks to break in, the less likely it is that someone will try. Making your security measures visible and evident will minimise the likelihood of burglary.

Insurance

The better your security, the less you will have to spend on insurance. Many security products are approved and recognised by insurance institutions which means you will make a significant saving.

Adds Value

Home security systems add value to your home. Even a few basic measures such as alarms and locks will make increase the worth of your home.

Peace of mind

Knowing that you have a comprehensive home security system in palace gives you ultimate peace of mind. Your property is safe and, more importantly, so is your family.

So now you know why you need security, what can you do?

5 Steps to Home Security

Locks

Window and doors are the most obvious access points for intruders. Securing them with proper locks is a simple and inexpensive way of greatly increasing your home security. Ground floor windows and doors are the bare minimum when it comes to installing AND actually using strong locks. Front and back doors require at least two locks with the addition of a dead bolt.

Alarms/CCTV

Along with locks, alarms are the staple of home security. They tell you and others when an unwanted guest has arrived. Moreover, when clearly displayed on the exterior of your property, they are a clear warning sign to burglars that the home is protected. CCTV will also tell burglars that you take security seriously. And if they still go for it you stand a much greater chance of convicting them.

Security Grilles

Installing security grilles is a great addition to your home security. They act as a physical and psychological barrier between intruders and your possessions. Ground floor window are the most important place to install robust security grilles and external glass doors should also be enforced with a grille. Not only do they make criminals think twice about attempting to break in, but if the criminal is stupid enough to attempt it they will most likely fail and give up or get caught in the act.

Fences/Gates

When it comes to deterring criminals nothing is more effective than fences and gates around your property. They make getting in and out much harder. Like grilles, they put a physical barrier between your property and would-be criminals. Even small fences make intruders think twice as they will hamper a quick getaway.

Secure Garage/Outdoor Lights

Around 10% of intruders enter through a garage. One major reason that garages are a major target for burglars is that it’s more than likely there is a vehicle inside. Garages also lead directly into you home and your valuables. They are often left open and unlocked which invites opportunists into your home to take what they want. A proper garage door is a must have and ensuring that it’s locked when you are out and at night could save your property. Outdoor lighting, both in front of your garage and at the back of your property, will also deter intruders.

Safeguard Security provide home security products including CCTV & domestic security grills.

Urban Garages

This is a guest post by Mike the Pole Barn Guru of Hansen Pole Buildings. Thanks Mike! After I sold my business in Oregon in 1990, I moved back to Spokane. My only brother, Mark, was soon to follow. He and I went into business constructing pole buildings in the Spokane area. Like one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure, one man’s curse is another man’s blessing….not long after we went into business, came a winter with lots of snow. Spokane had been a fairly affluent town in the pre-depression era. Mr. Ford’s plants cranked out many a Model T and Model A, and Spokanites invested in many of them. In order to protect these fine vehicles, literally hundreds, if not thousands of garages were built in backyards and alley ways all around town. There were no building codes, back in the day. The general guiding principal was…put up whatever looked like it might stay standing. The quality of the average Ford garage was not quite what the average crackerbox house had – and given some massive snow a few generations later – many of them became flattened. Typically over insured, the replacement of them afforded a major boon to our fledgling business. Homeowner after homeowner called asking for us to build one or one-and-a-half car garages. In some instances, the lots were even large enough for two car garages.  Yes, the lots were tiny, sometimes only 25 feet wide! For city dwellers, it doesn’t take a huge snow storm or other major disaster to partake in the joy of having one’s own garage. The first stop is the city Planning Department. These are the folks who determine what can or cannot be built on any given parcel of land. They know the required setbacks from property lines and other structures, as well as from streets, easements and alley ways. Height restrictions – they have this information as well. I’ve been surprised, in the past, to find cases where garages could be built nearly right up to a property line or alley, as long as the water from the roof did not run off into the neighboring yard! In some cases, attaching an otherwise freestanding garage to an existing home with a roof only “breezeway”, allows for more favorable setback conditions. Going to the Planning Department “hat in hand” and asking a planner what exceptions exist can result in allowances which otherwise might not have been given. An example – within the City of Spokane, the limitation for detached residential accessory buildings (aka garages) was 1000 square feet, however by requesting an exemption, this could be increased by 10% right at the counter! And there were no fees or waiting period. Always ask – the worst answer which can be given is no. The last thing I would ever advise someone to do is to go ahead with building a garage without planning department approval, hoping either to not “get caught” or to beg forgiveness later. And with the advent of fire wall testing, pole buildings can be designed for up to three hour fire resistance. This often allows for reductions in setbacks from property lines and other structures. The most important thing to remember is – there is only one opportunity to build it right or wrong.  Always put up the largest footprint and tallest height building allowed and your pocketbook will handle.  After over three decades, I still await the first client calling to tell me their new pole building garage is, “just too big”. Mike Momb is technical director for Hansen Pole Buildings. Hansen Buildings is providers of pole building and pole barn kits nationwide.

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Organizing Your Garage

If you have reached a stage where brute force and strategic planning is necessary each time you need to put something in or take something out of your garage, it's time to organize! Believe it or not, your garage is not a household hiding place for broken, unused and neglected equipment you couldn't bear to throw out, but a useful and valuable part of any home. Today we will go through some ways that you can organize your garage to make sure you are getting the most out of it. 1.) Empty the garage Step one to organizing you garage is to remove everything from inside and lay it on your driveway or front garden to have a good look at. Be honest with yourself: when was the last time you played that board game? Are you really going to fix that broken screwdriver? Are the kids ever coming back for that tent? Once you have had a look at the contents of your garage, remove everything that you have not touched for the last two years - these items either need to be housed elsewhere, sold at a car boot sale or else binned completely. 2.) Clean and possibly decorate In order to start organizing your garage in the most effective way, it's important that you restore your garage to a blank canvass ad get rid of dust, cobwebs and other debris that will have collected over time. Use a jet spray to give the walls and floors a very good wash, and then once it is dry - try painting your garage in a color of your choice: it will shift your perspective so you can see the garage as a room rather than a dumping ground. If the door is old consider fitting a new garage door. 3.) Use furniture A well organized garage will only stay organized if there is a designated place for the items it is going to store. Simple tricks like hanging areas for tools, shelves, and plastic draw cabinets will give your items the space they need, and allow you to use them regularly without the hassle of looking for them and digging them out. For long term storage items, consider a storage solution that can be added to the garage, so that unvisited equipment does not interfere with regularly used equipment. 4.) Prioritize the items you use the most A common mistake with garages is that people start to think of their newly organized garage as a type of showroom, carefully hanging all of the tools they are most proud of in high visibility areas, whilst the cans of drink and tins get hidden behind the board games from 1990. Don't do this! If you only use your power drill once every five years, don't give it a priority space. Instead, put the items you use the most in easy access parts of your garage near doors, and put any items you rarely use down your priority list, and further away from accessible areas. 5.) Have the guts to bin things It's sometimes difficult to let go of items we have kept for years, but you will never have a well organized garage if you are a hoarder. Have the courage to bin items that you don't use or need, and do this regularly so that you can have a well organized garage that is well used and enjoyed for years and years to come. Ben writes about home improvements and currently works for an equipment hire company.

Five Advantages of Roller Garage Doors

Whether you are building a new home, adding a garage to an existing property or your current garage door is in need of replacement, you will be overwhelmed with the selection of garage doors available to you.

There are the traditional doors which require you get out of your vehicle, open the door towards the vehicle and then drive in. It wastes time, energy and is a dangerous option, often opening the garage door into the vehicle and not pleasant when arriving home late at night.

Roller garage doors offer a choice of superior benefits; I’m only going to list the top five to help you make an informed decision as to which garage door you need for your home.