Latchkey Kids or Keypad Kids?
Survey Says: Kids Choose Codes Over Keys

The term “latchkey kids” may soon be replaced by “keypad kids.”

Today, many of the millions of children who come home to an empty house are now using an exterior garage door keypad to get in the house. The good old-fashioned key is now running a distant second to the keypad.

According to the Chamberlain GarageTrends Survey, 33 percent of parents whose homes have external keypads report that the keypad is the number one way their kids enter the home. Just 22 percent of these children still use a traditional key to get into the house. Other entry methods include having the kids carry a remote control that opens the garage door (8 percent) and leaving a door unlocked (14 percent).

The New Front Door

The survey revealed that the garage door has replaced the front, side, or back door as the most frequently used entry. Of those surveyed, 58 percent enter their home through the garage using either a remote control or external keypad. As technology improves and the wireless revolution gains steam, Leonard says that number is expected to grow.

The majority of people (54 percent) who have purchased an automatic garage door opener or specified one for a new home within the past 10 years have opted for an external keypad as their entry method of choice. In contrast, just 22 percent of homeowners whose garage doors are more than 10 years old have keypads.

WADE SAYS:  Although it is very convenient to allow your children to use the garage door as their main entry into the home, just remember that every time the door opens and closes it is reducing the life of the torsion springs lifting the door.  The result is you will need to change your springs more often than normal.

Safety Check Part 2

  • Test The Reversing Mechanism Monthly

If an object obstructs the door as it is closing, the door should reverse. If the door  does not reverse, have the door system inspected, repaired, or replaced by a trained door systems technician.

  • Test The Door Balance Monthly

With the door in the closed position and the operator disconnected, lift the door. It should lift smoothly and with little resistance and should remain open. If the door does not lift smoothly or remain open, have the door inspected and adjusted by a trained door systems technician.

  • Test The Force Setting Monthly

Standing outside the path of the door, try to hold up the door to stop it from moving downward as it closes. If the door does not easily reverse, the force is excessive. Have the door inspected and adjusted by a trained door systems technician.

Wade says: If anything on your door doesn’t operate properly, call for expert garage door repairs.  Don’t take the chance of injury.