What is a Keyless Garage Door Entry System?
A keyless remote lets you open your garage door by entering a code on keypad mounted on your garage. They work the same as your keychain, visor clip remote, or programmable in-vehicle remote. Keypad openers can be wireless remote or can be wired to your garage door opener. Keypads need batteries just like your portable remote opener.
Some people get a false sense of security from seeing a keypad on their garage doors. Keyless entry is not a security system, although some systems come with options to add layers of security like a panic button or one-touch dialing for emergency services.
Types of Garage Door Keypads
Garage door opener manufactures offer keypad remotes as accessories for their brand of garage door. You can also buy a universal keypad remote that will work on several garage door brands. Whether you choose a manufacturer specific or universal remote, look for features that are convenient for you and work well with your garage access location. One common type is the flip-top keypad. Some have a sliding cover or pull-down keypad. These keep buttons secured and protected from the elements.
Pros and Cons of Keyless Entry
Some keyless garage door openers allow you to program multiple codes into the keypad. That is a great way to rid yourself of housekeys. You and your family can get into the house even when you forget your keys at home.
The keypad is attached to your garage, so you don’t have to carry a remote around. That’s a plus if you use a keychain garage door remote and tend to lose your keyring or leave it behind after a long day at school or work.
If you have house guests, you can assign them a special code and then deactivate it once they’re gone. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that no one has extra keys to access your home when you don’t want them to.
On the downside, using a keyless garage door entry system means there’s one more code or pin number you’ll have to remember. Since the keypad opener is mounted outside, your keypad is prone to weather damage and vandalism. If your keypad has a limited number of codes you can program, that means that some users will have to share a code. So, if you must change a code to eliminate one person’s access, everyone will have to remember a new code.
Keyless is Convenience
If you’re building a new garage in San Luis Obispo, or just replacing your existing garage door, consider adding a keypad opener for extra convenience. It’s worth the investment because you’ll save time and money waiting for a contractor to open your garage door or waiting for a locksmith to get you inside your home.