If you are considering an electric garage door, then you are probably looking for the modern convenience you see so many other homeowners enjoying. However, there are many factors to consider when choosing between a manual and an electric garage door. Here we look at the pros and cons to help you decide if it is the right choice for you and your family.
What are the Benefits of Electric Garage Doors?
The many benefits of electric garage doors include:
Convenience: No one wants to get out of their car and into the wind, rain, snow, or extreme summer heat to open or close the garage. With an electric garage door, the days of getting soaked and then getting back in your car and streaming up the windows will be a thing of the past. There is also no physical strain involved because you don’t need to lift the heavy weight of the door, bend down, or push the door above your head. Any of these body motions can be a painful problem for those with health issues or a disability.
Increased security: A motorised garage door is controlled by a remote or a smartphone app. These present a form of security that will cause most criminals to stumble. The motor itself creates a mechanical lock, so simply knocking out a lock or crowbar prying will be to no avail. When choosing an electric garage door, look for the Secured by Design moniker, which denotes that it meets police-recommended standards.
Stylish and modern: The aesthetics of an electric garage door often exceeds that of manual alternatives. In particular, sectional garage doors and electric roller garage doors have a modern, clean look. They can be made from various materials, such as steel, fibreglass, or aluminium, with optional clear sections or glazing to allow in natural light.
The Drawbacks Of Automatic Garage Doors
The cons of automatic garage doors include:
Electrical issues: If you experience regular power cuts, then an electric garage door may not be suitable for you. You can solve the problem by getting a manual garage door such as up and over canopy garage doors, although most automatic garage doors have a manual unlocking mechanism, just in case of a power outage.
High maintenance: Motorised garage doors are more complex than manual garage doors, such as side-opening traditional garage doors. They require proper maintenance, and if something goes wrong, you will likely need to call in the experts to correct the problem.
If the safety of electric garage doors is on your mind, then you will be pleased to know that most include a safety reverse or cut-out system that senses if an object or child causes an obstruction. Correct installation is a vital component of the safety your garage door offers, so always choose a professional and experienced installation company.
For advice on the best solution for you or prices for manual or electric garage doors and professional installation, don’t hesitate to contact WMGD. We supply high quality garage doors from top manufacturers such as Hormann, Select, and SWS.