A quality garage door opener will last a long time. However, there are many reasons you may want to considering replacing your garage door opener even if it is in good working condition. If you want a new garage door opener in Sarasota, FL, Lifetime Garage Doors can help! Contact us today for information about our garage door opener installation service. In the meantime, here are some reasons you may consider replacing your garage door opener:
Safety and Security
If you have an older garage door, it may not come standard with many safety features that are required today. For example, garage door openers from before 1993 were not required to include a safety reversing mechanism. This feature uses two sensors on both sides of the garage door, about six inches above floor level. When an object is sensed between the light beam created by the two sensors while the door is closing, it immediately stops and reverses its path. This safety feature is particularly important if you have small children or pets. If your garage door does not come equipped with a safety reversal feature, you may consider replacing your garage door with a newer model.
Additionally, newer garage door openers have updated features for security purposes. In the past, thieves could sit outside your home with a special device and find your key code, allowing them to enter your garage door unnoticed. This because it used to be standard to have a fixed code, or one that did not change unless you manually did it yourself. Now, garage doors use rolling codes, which change every time the unit is used, making it impossible for thieves to snatch your code. If you have a garage door opener with a fixed code, updating your garage door opener may give you better protection against intruders.
As we mentioned in a previous blog, sometimes garage doors can be noisy. Particularly if you have a chain drive garage door opener, you may find that opening up your garage door disturbs your household. If you have an older chain drive garage door opener, a newer chain model may be quieter. Alternatively, you may find that a screw drive or belt drive garage door opener is a better fit for your desired sound level.
Older garage door openers do not have keypads mounted outside the garage. Having a keypad outside the garage allows you to enter your garage without keys. There are even models now that allow you to use your fingerprint for entrance! Installing a new garage door opener is a great way to increase the convenience of accessing your garage.
A big problem with older garage door openers is the lack of a battery backup. When there is a power outage and you have an older garage door opener, you cannot operate that door at all. Newer models come with the added convenience of a battery backup, so even when you experience an electrical outage, you can still use your garage door.
When you need a new garage door opener installed in Sarasota, FL, you can trust Lifetime Garage Doors to do it right. Contact us today for information about our garage door opener installation services.