California Now Requires a Battery Backup on New Construction Garage Doors

California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that requires the installation of all new construction garage doors to include a battery backup.

A state senator sponsored the bill after he and his neighbors were unable to pull cars out of their garages during the 2017 wildfire evacuation because the electricity was out. The law takes effect in July 2019.

Madden Door supports the new law.  We have long regarded battery backups for garage doors as a necessity.

Here’s why:

  • Even if you are not facing a life-and-death situation, having a battery to power your garage door when the electricity is out is a matter of convenience. During blackouts or brownouts, you’ll make it to work or your child’s high school football game on time because you are able to get your car out of the garage.
  • Manual opening isn’t always possible. Many of us, including seniors or the disabled, may find manually lifting a garage door difficult. A battery backup ensures none of us will struggle to open a garage door.
  • You won’t be locked outside. Power outages can make it impossible to enter as well as exit your garage. If you are like many homeowners and use your garage door as the entry point to your home, an outage keeps you locked outside, possibly at night or in inclement weather. That won’t happen with a battery backup. 

Don’t Wait – Buy a Battery Backup for Your Garage Door Today

The new law applies only to new construction garage doors, so it will be some time before all garage doors in California have battery backups. Madden Door encourages everyone to consider purchasing a battery backup for their garage doors.

Installation, even for several doors, is inexpensive and quick. A Madden Door professional can outfit your door with a battery backup in less than an hour. Batteries last up to three years before needing replacement or recharging.

Call Us Today to Learn More

Interested in installing a battery backup for your garage door? Contact Madden Door, the long-time Bay Area garage door contractor, to find out more. Call 925-357-9781 today to talk to one of our professionals.

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