Technology has certainly changed the way we see garage door openers. No longer are they used just to open and close your garage door. A modern make and model of garage door opener can do everything from provide extra light to the garage area to enhance your home's safety by having specific features that prevent injuries, as well as offering smoother and quieter operation.
Choosing the right garage door opener is almost just as important as choosing the right garage door for your home. The following are some things you should consider when looking at garage door openers. Taking these things into consideration will help you find the right garage door opener.
How Does the Garage Door Open and Close?
There are three common mechanisms that are used to operate a garage door. The chain drive mechanism uses a metal chain, much the same as a large bike chain, to open and close the door. This is a popular option due to its cost, but it requires more maintenance and can be loud. Screw drive mechanisms operate on a threaded steel rod. This type of door mechanism can be costlier than the chain drive, but offer a quieter operation. Belt drive mechanisms operate a flexible rubber belt that open or close the door. Belt drives are extremely durable, quiet, and require little maintenance. It is important to know what type of door you have installed, as it will determine which type of garage door opener you can install.
You should also check the motor strength of your chosen garage door opener to ensure it can handle the weight of your door. The electric motors contained within the opener are usually either 1/4HP to 1/2HP. Single, lightweight steel doors will be perfectly suited to the 1/4HP motor, while double garage doors, or those made from heavier materials such as wood, will require the extra lifting power of the 1/2HP motor.
What Security Features are Important to You?
Garage door openers are often your first line of defence when it comes to securing your garage. Take a moment to think about what security features are important to you. For example, would you like extra lighting around your garage or do you need to provide remote access to more than one member of your family.Some security features that can be found on various models of garage door openers include:
- Secure garage door remote control with rolling codes
- Wall or in-car buttons for days when you don't have a remote control on you
- Extra LED light that brightens up your garage area at night
Other Things to Consider When Looking for a Garage Door Opener There is more to consider than how your garage door opens and closes and what security features you want. The following are some things you should consider when looking for a garage door opener.Things to consider include:
- Length of the warranty
- Lifecycle warranty on the springs
- Durability of the remote controls
- Extra safety features such as automatic sensors that stop the door when movement is detected
- Optional holiday mode
- Energy saving features
Let Wholesale Garage Doors help you find the perfect garage door opener for your home. We have a number of garage door openers that work great with B&D roller doors and Panelift® doors, like the Panelift® Icon™. Contact us to learn more about our garage door openers or to ask us any questions you may have about our products. Our experienced staff will be glad to help you.