If you are looking to install a new garage door, or are updating an old one, then you may wonder if you should also add an automatic garage door opener. Many people are satisfied with opening their garage door manually. But most people benefit from the convenience of an automatic door. Here is more information about the benefits of adding an automatic opener.
Easier Opening of Heavy Doors
If you have an older garage door, such as the decorative wood doors that adorn many older homes, then you know they are extremely heavy. This makes them hard to open by hand. This is especially difficult if you have back muscle or spine problems. An automatic door opener will open this heavy door for you regardless of your physical condition.
Protection From the Elements
You don't have to get out of your car and slip around in the rain and snow to open your garage door. In some cases, you may not even have to leave your home. Being able to open the door from a dry area protects you and your possessions from getting wet and cold while you go out and open and close your garage door.
More Safety Features
Automatic garage doors always come with sensors that will stop the door if they read an object blocking the path. After detecting an object, the door will stop and reverse itself. Your opener may also do the same thing when it feels a blocking force against it, like a person or a parked car. Another safety feature that most automatic garage doors have is the lights turning on as you open the door.
Available Extra Features
Many garage door openers have extra features for added convenience. For example, you can have an opener that has backup battery power for power outages. You can also have a system that runs on a keypad or code for better access control. For example, you can temporarily assign a code to a package delivery service so that a package can be placed inside your garage. Then, that code will either expire or you can change it to deny access again.
The drawbacks of an automatic garage door openers are minimal. The main drawback to them is that they take time and effort to install and involves electrical work. Because they can be difficult to install correctly, it's best to leave that to a professional. Talk to a garage door service to see what types of automatic systems are available as well as get help with installing one.