The safety features of your garage door are just as important as the other components. Your garage door and opening system need to be strong and reliable, but they should also provide additional safety and security. It’s likely that all members of your household use your garage door at some point, so it’s important to keep safety in mind in order to prevent a safety hazard from occurring. With the right safety features, and some routine maintenance, you can keep your door operating safely and reliably for years to come.
While some features come standard, many of our systems come equipped with an assortment of additional security and safety features. Some of the most popular features include:
Automatic Reversal System: This is a standard safety feature, and causes a closing door to stop and return to the open position if a person or object passes beneath the door during operation. This system should be checked regularly to ensure that it is still working properly.
Remote Control: This is another feature that has become virtually standard in new systems. New garage door openers come with one remote control unit.
Wall Controls: Another standard feature is the wall control unit. This wall-mounted pad allows you to open and close your garage door, and turn lights on and off, without the use of the remote control.
Keyless Entry Pad: Mounted just outside your garage door, this security feature helps control who has access to your garage. The door will only open if the proper code has been entered. Many newer units can be activated using your unique fingerprint.
Rolling Code: This security feature is used in keyless entry systems, and makes it more difficult for a potential burglar to access the unique code that opens your garage door.
Battery Backup: When the power in your garage or home goes out, it can leave your vehicle stranded outside of the garage. If your system is equipped with battery backup, the unit can still be activated when the power goes out.
Lights: Your garage door opener may provide the primary (or, in some cases, only) source of light in your garage. Most standard units can accommodate two 60-watt bulbs, providing you with a reliable light source for your garage.
Beyond these additional features, routine maintenance plays an important role in the overall safety of your garage. A good rule of thumb is to check your garage doors each month. You should look for signs of rust or damage, and make sure the springs, cables, tracks, and other components are in proper working order. You should also pay close attention to your door while it is operating, and take note of any unusual sights or sounds. If your door is making unusual noises, or doesn’t seem to be running as quickly or smoothly as usual, you may want to consult a professional.
If you’re not sure what security and safety features you need, let us help! We’ll take the time to learn about your specific needs, and provide you with the information you need to make the right decision for your household. Whether you’re looking for a brand new system, or just need some simple repairs on your existing one, our experienced technicians will guide you through every step of the process.
We provide home garage door installation and repair services in Calidonia, Houston, La Crescent, Lewiston, St. Charles, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, Dover, Eyota, and Chatfield.
Whatever your repair needs might be, we have the skills and experience to get the job done. Call Bluff Country today at (612) 226-4721 to learn more about our installation and repair services.