While this applies rather well to life in general, progress is all about fixing what many perceive as fine on its own. In the realm of garage doors, this comes in the form of garage door openers. In a day and age where the need for convenience trumps all else do we really need our doors to open themselves? Or are the people who stick to their old guns and keep manual garage doors in the right of things?
First thing’s first – this is all still a matter of preference. Whether it is the old type of manual doors (such as wood), or the newer types of electric garage doors (such as those outfitted with an aluminum frame), preferring one over the other is perfectly understandable. However, there are some legitimate reasons why openers are better than manual garage doors and vice versa.
For example, if we’re talking about convenience then the openers most definitely take the cake. Heading home from work late at night there’s nothing more frustrating than having to step out of your vehicle and lifting the garage door – which becomes a moot point if you have an opener to do the job for you. On the other hand, if you are happy utilizing manual garage doors then there is absolutely nothing wrong remaining with the classics.
It is also important to note that the technology present in openers can pose a problem. From short circuits to the overhead extension springs becoming too worn due to overuse of the openers, there are many more headaches that take the place of the ones alleviated by the overall convenience. Maintenance becomes an issue because you have more to worry about than the individual part of your garage door.
When it all boils down to it, there truly are legitimate reasons to choose one over the other, which is why preference still takes precedence.