Garage door technology has come a long way — just in the last few years. It’s amazing what these doors are capable of with smart technology. And of course there are lots of ways to improve your garage door beyond fancy tech — adding in a few windows can do wonders. If you haven’t yet installed an opener, adding a new garage door opener is certainly one of the best investments of your tax return!
Energy Efficient Garage Doors
Looking to improve your garage and cut down on your energy bills at the same time? Energy efficient garage doors are a great solution. You can install an insulated door — a great idea even in Sacramento California. It seals out the hot air in the summer so your air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard — saving energy. You can also install fortified garage doors that come with 20 year warranties that will need fewer repairs. These kind of garage door installations pay for themselves over time — a win-win situation for the family budget.
Smart Garage Door Tech — Open Your Door from Your Phone
A smart garage door is one of the most exciting new technologies to come out in the last few years. It allows you to remotely control your garage door from anywhere — right from your phone, tablet, or PC connection. It’s great for package delivery — give the driver special instructions to call you directly and you can let them into the garage. It’s also perfect for when you have guests coming in early to town and you want to give them access to the house. And if you have kids — they’re going to forget to shut the garage door from time to time. With remote viewing, closing the door is as simple as pushing a button on your phone.
LED lights are not only more efficient — but they’re brighter and last longer so you don’t have to change bulbs as often. By installing a motion activated LED light, you always have light in your garage — very handy when you come home late. And since they use a fraction of the energy of a traditional bulb, you’ll save money overtime.
Battery backup is actually legally required on all garage doors installed in California as of this summer. But it’s still a good idea to upgrade whether or not you are installing a new door. The law was inspired by a congressman who had trouble accessing his door during a power outage in last summer’s wildfires. There were even reports of deaths because some families couldn’t access their vehicles. Battery backup is convenient in a blackout — and it can save your life.
Installing new windows in a garage door can dramatically improve the natural lighting of your garage. This is key if you plan to use your garage as a recreational area — say turn it into a bar, a sports watching lounge or exercise gym. Windows provide natural lighting that make the garage feel open, inviting and alive.