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September 02 2012

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Automatic garage door openers are such a benefit that they're nearly standard in most garages nowadays. There was a time, you might get wet on a rainy daywhile getting outout of your vehicle to unlock the garage door. This modern convenience has eliminated this problem.

But along with the convenience, here are a few issues to be aware of regarding your safety and wellbeing. If your home includes elderly folks or young children, particular older garage doors can pose a risk. If your residence is kid free, you still need to concern yourself with any neighbor children that you may possibly be held liable for if an accident were to take place.


Newer overhead roll up garage doors feature pinch resistant or anti pinch panels. Without this quality tiny fingers may possibly get damaged if jammed in the opening between panels as the door is closing.

Garage doors and openers for the residence are required to be compliant with Underwriters Laboratories spec 325, and have been since 1993. The UL325 spells out guidelines for a few other mechanisms such as gates with automatic self closing equipment - however those are not required to meet UL325 like garage door openers are.

If you are thinking of selling your house, and you have an older garage door or opener, it might not meet UL325 specifications, and may show up on the home inspection. Given the negligible cost of door openers, it might be a good plan to replace an older garage door opener prior togetting in toutchwith an realtor. That will be one less hurdle toward finalizing your house sale once the time comes.

Some of the key UL325 specs are evident and ought to be a good indicator of a garage door openers compliance to the specifications. An electronic eye at the bottom of the doorwill cause the door to sutomatically reverseduring the close cycle if an object or individual breaks the beam. A fragile person possibly will be hit as a result of a closing door without this option

In certain situations, an object can obstruct a door from closing even without interrupting the electronic beam. UL325 compliant door openers will automatically reverse if they sense too much load on the closing apparatus, indicating an obstacle. This prevents the door from crushing down on top of an obstruction until something breaks.


In the end,safety and security of a garage door are critical issues, not to cite potential realestate transaction liability. It mightmake sense to swap outthe opener and not have to be concerned about the legal responsibility.

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