Your garage door opener is like the brain of your garage door system. It is what tells it to lift and close the garage door. On average, a garage door opener should last about 10 – 15 years. And it is possible to have your garage door opener last longer than that. Yet, if your garage door opener is right on that 10-year mark or more, it might be a good idea to upgrade your garage with a smart garage door opener.

Now first, let’s define what we mean. Many older models of garage door openers are missing some upgraded modern features the new ones have. For example, all Liftmaster garage door openers now come with wifi connectivity standard. This allows you to do many different things that you could not with your older garage door opener.

Advantages of smart garage door opener.

Control of Your Garage Door.

With your garage door opener connected to wfi- you control your garage door from practically anywhere in the world. With apps like MyQ, if you forget to close your garage door, you can close your garage door even when your not home as well as open it to let someone in your garage.

Monitor Who is in Your Garage.

New Liftmaster garage door openers, such as the 85503-267, comes with an Integrated video camera that enables you to see what is happening in your garage through a live feed or recorded event. The 1080p, glare-resistant, night vision lens auto-adjusts to light levels in the garage to allow you to capture anything and everything that passes through the garage. The Video camera begins recording when motion is detected, so you can see who has entered your garage and what they are doing in your garage. It also comes with a motion-detection light that is bright enough to light up your whole garage at night. That gives you peace of mind.

Integrated Battery Backup.

Here in Houston, the power tends to go out in the summertime, and we just had a winter with a massive power outage. That can leave you without the ability to get into your garage in the middle of a storm without having to get out of your car and manually lift your garage door.  For older garage door opener units, to have battery backup you had to incorporate a backup battery. There are newer Liftmaster models that come with integrated Battery backup allows you to open/close your door even when the power is out.

Virtual Key.

If you have a guest coming over, but wont be there in time to open the garage door, you can create a virtual key for their smartphone. This can be a temporary key as You can set it to expire on a specific day and time.

More About Garage Door Apps.

The Chamberlin MyQ app was designed to give the homeowner full control of their garage, even when they are not there. The MyQ app is partnered with Amazon so that when you order from Amazon, the delivery driver can securely leave your packages in the garage. And with newer camera integrated openers, you can watch and record them doing it.

Conversion Kits

If you are not ready to buy a newer garage door opener but want the benefits of newer technology, companies like Chamberlain and Genie offer conversion and upgrade kits that give you virtually all the same features.

If you want to upgrade your garage with a smart garage door opener, but not sure where to begin or how to install it, Spectrum Overhead Door LLC in Houston has been reliably installing garage door openers for over 15 years. Call 281-748-9542 or if you live on the Eastern side of Houston 713-557-3407 for a free quote on upgrading your garage with a smart garage door opener.


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