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Answering the Question: Can a Manual Garage Door be Converted to Automatic?



Whether you just bought a new home or have been living in your home for many years, chances are good that you still have a manual garage door. If opening the manual garage door several times a day has become your new gym routine, you might be asking the question: “Can a manual garage door be converted to automatic?”


Luckily for you, we have good news. In most cases, the answer is yes, manual garage doors can be automated. However, sometimes there are certain cases where automating an old door is impractical and it would be a better decision to install a completely new door with a motor. Either way, the garage door professionals at Adams Doors will be able to assist and advise you throughout the entire process. 


This article will dive into the 3 most frequently asked questions that come up when homeowners are thinking about automating a manual garage door, and we have the answers. 


Do I Need an Automatic Garage Door Opener? 

Many people find an automatic garage door opener to be extremely useful. Here are just a few of the advantages of having an automatic garage door opener:


  • Convenient: No more getting out of your car in the middle of the winter to open and close your garage door. With an automated garage door opener, you can blast the heater in your car and with the push of the button be safely parked in your garage. 


  • Lighting: Newer automatic garage door openers are equipped with a built-in light to illuminate your garage. This type of lighting can be extremely useful at night, in the winter, or in unpleasant weather to ensure you don't bump into anything and damage your vehicle.


  • Low Electricity Usage: Even though automatic garage door openers can be very advanced and technical, they do not require a lot of power to function. As a result, they are less expensive to operate and have a lower environmental impact.


Are Automatic Garage Doors Safe? 

You won't have to worry about the garage door falling on something or someone with an automatic door. The press of the button can be an invaluable feature for individuals who suffer from arthritis or other medical conditions. Newer models of automatic garage doors have a feature called 'vacation mode.' This feature disables your remote control when going away ensuring that thieves and burglars can't get access to your home through your garage door. 


How Much is a Manual Garage Door vs. an Automatic Garage Door?

Installing an automatic garage door is more expensive than a manual garage door. However, the increase in features and benefits you get makes up for the price. 


If you’re ready to reap the benefits of an automatic garage door, contact Adams Doors. Adams Doors have over 30 years of specialist experience and can help you with any garage door installation or repair needs. 

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