One option available to people who are purchasing a new garage door opening system is to get a keyless entry key pad. This is a small numbered pad that is placed on the exterior of your garage, and it allows you to enter the garage by punching in the proper numerical code. Keypads can be used in addition to remote controls, or instead of them. What are the advantages of getting a key pad, as opposed to relying on remote controls which send a signal to your garage door to open automatically?
First of all, a keypad is a way to provide a keyless "key" for any member of your family to get into your house at any time. Rather than getting keys made for your children, you can simply have them learn the numerical code, and they will be able to get access to your house at any time. Unlike a physical key, a keypad will not get lost. The code, however, may be forgotten-so you must be sure that everyone really can remember the code. It is also much easier to change the code on your keypad than it is to change all your locks.
Remote controls, like keys, can be lost. If you lose yours you may not have a way you can get into your house. Many recent model vehicles will allow you to program a button in the vehicle itself to open and close your garage door. This is very convenient, but if your vehicle breaks down and you do not have a house key on you, you may be in trouble. A keypad can prevent all these difficulties.
The downside of having a keypad is that, although it provides an extra layer of security, it also provides an extra way that a thief could use to try to get into your house. Numerical codes are increasingly easy to crack these days, especially for a thief with a fancy gadget. The radio codes that are used to remotely control your garage door are these days are rolling codes which change constantly, making it difficult for anyone to detect. It may be easier for a knowledgeable thief to get access to your garage through your keypad than any other way. You should discuss such concerns with the company you are purchasing from before making any decisions about a keypad.
Garage door keypads can be a great convenience; especially as they provide keyless access to anyone you want to allow coming into your house. However, they pointless for some people and for others may present a possible security risk. Each person should decide for him or herself if a keypad fits his or her needs. But if you do choose to get one-don't forget your combination!