How strong is the sectional garage door? To get certification garage door has to go through a series of officially approved quite harsh tests.
And every test is pushing the door to the limit. There are mandatory tests like water penetration, wind load resistance or thermal transmittance.
But the burglary-proof or damage tests never were on that list.
Testing in certified labs is one side of the coin, but real-life tests happen to be another side, and not so shiny.
A ‘Forklift’ Security Test
Recently one of the sectional garage doors made by Ryterna had to pass a real-life security test executed by burglars.
Crowbar usually is a burglar’s favourite tool. Not high-end, but quite strong and effective. But in this case, thieves came up with an idea to perform an operation on a higher level. So they brought a forklift, probably stolen elsewhere, hoping for a fast and easy job. Using the hydraulic tool, significantly exceeding man’s power, seemed to be a smart point. The device capable to lift over 1000 kilos had to lead to a successful operation.
Luckily the door was strong enough to withstand brutal attempts. Proper steel thickness and clever engineering let the door withstand burglary suffering only minor damages. Due to only the local damage, the door is functioning as usual. The rest of the door parts were left unhurt. It is enough to replace the bottom panel and the door will look brand new.
The garage owner was impressed by the door’s robustness and safety. And over the moon to retain his stuff unstolen.