Things to Consider Before Buying a New Garage Door Opener
With so many homeowners entering their homes from the garage instead of the front door, choosing a garage door opener deserves careful attention. Our customers often ask us for advice on how to select the best garage door opener. There are actually quite a few things to think about.
Horsepower and Speed
Your new garage door opener will need to have enough horsepower to lift your garage door. Most residential garage doors require a ½-horsepower motor while commercial and solid wood doors require a ¾-horsepower motor. In addition to power, also consider speed. Most openers open at a rate of six to seven inches per second, but if you don’t like waiting around, opt for a model that doubles to 14 inches per second. This really isn’t an area to skimp. Remember you’re going to be living with this opener for years, how much accumulated time do you really want to spend waiting for your garage door to open?
Safety and Security
With your family using the garage door daily, it’s essential that you put safety and security first. Opt for a garage door that has a built-in safety system that protects against accidental closings and entrapments. There are also security features that protect the home from break-ins and theft. For example, garages that utilize rolling code technology have the highest degree of security. Also, stick to garage door openers that have the conveniences of remotes and wireless keypads. Some openers are now WiFi enabled and can be opened with a smartphone app. Think how convenient it would be to be able to open your Garage Door from the office so that a delivery can be placed inside where it’s secure.
If you have bedrooms built over your garage, you’ll want your garage door installation to be super smooth. The performance of the garage door opener is dependent on the type of drive you choose – there are belt, chain, and screw drive garage door openers.
Belt drives use a rubber belt to open and close the doors, making them the quietest. Screw drives are just as dependable, but they are louder since they use a metal post threaded like a screw. A chain drive is the most affordable, but also the loudest since it relies on a metal chain.
Quality vs Price
Just like any product, a there are many brands and options available for garage door openers. Obviously, some cost less than others. It’s important to understand value when making this decision because you don’t replace your opener very often, and that means you’re stuck with a bad decision made wholly on the price tag for a long time. Do some research on what are the top garage door openers on the market. Make sure you’re buying a reputable brand, and that it’s high enough quality to suit your needs. Just because it’s more expensive doesn’t always mean it’s better, make sure you’re selecting what you need and what you’ll be happy with, but no need to overdo it
At Action Garage Door Repair Specialists, we can help you select the best garage door opener for your needs. Call us today at 972-254-4040 to schedule your appointment.