Garage Door Openers

Garage door openers are pretty standard these days, but they’re not all of equal quality. If you’re in the market for a new one, there are a few things you should consider

Garage Door Opener Noise. If noise is a concern, the drive system is the most important thing to think about. The general rule of thumb as far as drive systems go is the more metal touches metal, the louder the drive system will be. As you might expect, the less expensive the drive system, the louder the opener. Chain drives are the least expensive and make the most noise. A little more up the price list is the screw drive. Finally there is the belt drive, the quiestest.

Security features. Most garage door openers have a rolling code system. Essentially, when you activate the opener, it generates a unique code. This greatly reduces the chance of code duplication and will keep others with the same door opener from opening your door. It also keeps thieves from getting your code.

Motors. There are three main sizes for garage door openers: one-third horsepower for single doors, half horsepower doors for double doors, and three-quarter horsepower for commercial and heavy doors.

Remote controls. Some remote controls use one button for both opening and closing the doors. Others have another button to turn on the lights in the garage for you. You can also buy doors that will allow you to open and close your door in case you lose the remote or it breaks.

Safety measures. All garage doors ship with a safety feature that will prevent the door from closing on a person or car.

Garage door openers aren’t rocket science, but having knowledge of the features can help you intelligently purchase one that suits your needs.