More and more people are now choosing keypad access to open and close their garage door. Keypad access allows you to open, close and lock your garage door by entering a code that is known only to yourself. These devices are in fact so popular that the majority of newly build properties all have them. However, older properties do not, and home owners are now considering upgrading their existing systems to keypad access. If you are considering doing this yourself, it is very important that you understand the pros and cons of these systems. After all, just because something is popular doesn’t necessarily mean it is also right for you. Let’s review what the advantages and disadvantages actually are.
Looking at the advantages first, there is the fantastic ease of use of keypad systems. All that is necessary for opening and closing the door is entering a code. This is much easier than the old fashioned pulling and pushing on doors and knobs in order to open the door. This advantage is perhaps the most important for those who are aging, or who have some form of physical disability. Secondly, keypad access is incredibly low maintenance. All that the system requires is the occasional change of battery. Also, keypad access can be your backup method of entering your garage. For instance, a lot of people use a remote control for access, but if this gets lost or if the batteries run out, the keypad is a great alternative to get in. At the very least, this means there is no more need to frantically search the house for your keys, remote or battery anymore, only to find they were in the fridge! Lastly, there is the security element. Since only you know the code, it will certainly work as a deterrent for criminals.
However, you must also consider the disadvantages. First and foremost, you cannot put all your faith in a code. If you have a particularly determined burglar, they will be able to crack your access code at some point. Also, if there is every a power cut, your system will no longer function. Although the keypad works on batteries, the rest of the system works on regular electricity. Finally, a keypad garage door access system is not cheap. Unfortunately, although the exact price can only be determined depending on the brand of keypad you want and how much work has to be done on your existing system, the price will always be quite high. Unfortunately, this is often more than most people are able to afford.