3 Garage Door Features You Should Look For

Posted on: 12 November 2015

Are you thinking about upgrading your garage door? Before you head to the store and start looking for a standard, run-of-the-mill system, you should consider the fact that some manufacturers have created devices designed to tackle common garage door complaints. Here are three garage door features you should look for and how they might simplify your life:

1: Self-Diagnosing Doors

As soon as your garage door starts squeaking, you might find yourself struggling to figure out what the problem is. Wouldn't it be nice if your system could diagnose itself? Although it might seem like something out of a science fiction movie, some modern garage door systems contain small LED lights that blink when there is an issue. For example, if your system detects a bent track, it might signal the light near the track, so that you know where to look for the problem.

Self-diagnosing doors are also helpful if you ever need to call out a professional garage door contractor. Since some systems contain downloadable error code logs, your professional might be able to tell what caused the problem and how to prevent issues in the future.

2: Wall-Mounted Controllers

If you have ever lost a garage door remote or needed to reprogram that outdoor garage door access panel, you may have found yourself climbing ladders to reach that garage door controller or running back and forth from your system to your keypad. In addition to being frustrating, programming older garage door openers can also be time-consuming, or even dangerous if you aren't especially fond of heights.

Fortunately, some garage door systems contain wall-mounted controllers, which means you won't have to worry about trying to reach the "learn" button mounted on that ceiling motor. Wall-mounted controllers also keep your ceiling clear, which means you might be able to use that space to store overhead racks or bicycles.  

3: Faster Motors

Have you ever felt like your garage door takes an eternity to open or close? If you are tired of sitting in your driveway and waiting for your door to open, there might be a solution: a faster garage door. Believe it or not, while older systems typically move about 7 inches per second, newer garage door openers can move at twice that speed. That means that while a 15 foot tall door might take around 25 seconds to close, a newer system might close in as little as 12.5 seconds—making it easier to get home or to get out of that rainstorm.  

For more information, contact Mark May's Garage Door Store or a similar company.


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