Investing in a good garage door opener is money well spent. Not only are you able to open your garage with the touch of a button, you get alarmed when thieves try to break into your garage, you access your garage even during harsh weather conditions and not to forget that you will never get rained on while you try to open the garage. But then, there are so many types of garage door openers. How do you know which one is right for you? The following buying guide will help you with everything you need to know about garage door openers.
Types of Garage Door Openers
- Belt-drive Systems – Very quiet, very fast and definitely one of the most common types of garage door openers these days. As their name suggests, these openers use belt like systems to open or close your garage’s doors. They are strong and ultra-efficient. In fact, due to their high reliability, they have become so popular in the market; and as a result you should continue to see their prices lower as time moves on.
- Chain Drive Systems – They may a bit noisy, but they are cheap and relatively efficient. They do make more noise however, but the fact that they are easily available and popular makes them a first choice for many low budget consumers.
- Screw Drive Systems – They use a specially designed steel rod to lift your garage’s doors up and down. They are very powerful perhaps due to their strong reliance on technology. They also require little maintenance thanks to the fact that they have few moving parts.
Main factors to Consider when buying a Garage Door Opener
Strength of the Door Opener
Different doors ask for differently amounts of power to lift them. A single door for instance may ask for a motor with only a quarter Horsepower, but a double door garage door opener will require a motor with ½ or ¾ of horsepower in them. While stronger motors last longer, they don’t really open or close your door at a faster rate. There is a speed setting function after all. However, noise production is another factor you should consider as you check the strength of a motor. A good motor should be as quiet as possible, and shouldn’t contribute to a lot of tarnishing or wearing of your door.
Presence of Remote Control Functions
No one ever wants to get drenched as they reach out to open the garage door. Save yourself from the hassle therefore and buy a device with a remote control function. Some manufacturers actually offer a remote control the size of a car keys holder for easy portability, while others offer a device with features to help more than one garage bay. Besides the remote control function however, it is important to have a garage door opening function on the garage’s doors. Most of them resemble a doorbell and could or not be part of your garage door’s accessory kit. Back to the remote control function, buy a device that has plenty of helpful features as possible. There are lots of garage door openers with functions to help close down the garage for a specific number of days, or one with a delayed closing function, so that you can now stop running while getting out of the garage.
The phrase “security comes first” is often misused by many people, but it shouldn’t be ignored. It is after all a Federal law that you buy a garage door opener that doesn’t crush objects as it closes down. A good device therefore should have a reverse door opening technology which changes the direction of the door once it touches an object or a person. Luckily, most of today’s garage door openers have plenty of security functions. A popular security function for instance is the use rolling codes to prevent code theft or the interference of different garages around the same neighborhood.
Extra Features to Consider
- Overhead lights – Buy a device with durable lights that can be switched on independently of the garage door’s systems. In addition, garage lights shouldn’t be tough enough to handle vibration in the garage.
- Presence of Internet Connection – Many people are more acceptant of new innovations these days, and if you are also tech-savvy, buy a device you can easily control while you are in your bedroom. If possible buy a device that is easily compatible with your gateway systems.
- Battery backup – In case of a power outage, you would still want to access your garage, right? But if door openers with battery backup seems too expensive, at least go for a device with a manual release feature.
Finally, note that it is all possible to install a garage door opener on your own. However, if the tasks get to daunting for you, please call a professional over to install it for you.