Garage door openers are an important piece of hardware to have to go along with your garage door. When you need to purchase a garage door opener, there are certain things to keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll delve into the things you should remember while purchasing garage door openers.
How much power do you need?
Garage door openers are offered in three different sizes – 1/3 horsepower, ½ horsepower and ¾ horsepower. Do you need to lift one or two doors? What’s the material and size of the doors? For double door, you need at least a ½ horsepower door opener. A single, door can be lifted with 1/3 horsepower. Please note that doors with more power tend to last longer. Oversize, large and heavy doors will require the most horsepower.
What type of drive do you need?
This is the most commonly used garage door opener. A chain is responsible for lifting the door. It goes through the motor and back out the other side to lift itself. It’s the least expensive garage door opener, but also the noisiest.
A belt-drive opener is identical to a chain drive opener except they use a rubber belt instead of a chain. The belt-drive garage door opener is the quietest one out there. However, they are more expensive than other types of garage door openers.
Screw drive openers are another type of garage door opener. A metal bar is threaded through the drive and pulls the door up. It’s a slow process but much quieter than chain-drive belt.
What security features do you need if any?
Most garage doors have a rolling pass code so every time you open the door, there’s a new passcode. Some doors have an electronic lock feature. The garage door can detect if someone is trying to force their way in and, when this happens, the door opener will initiate the motor to close the door and keep it closed. Sometimes, a garage door will allow you to set up a temporary password that you can give to friends and family so the door will open for them.
There is a security light with many garage door systems. When you pass through the door, you’ll walk through a beam which will turn on a light in the garage.
Do you want a remote control?
There’s the single remote button which just opens and closes the door. Then, there is multi keypad option where you can program the door to open and close multiple garage doors.
What about keyless entry?
Keyless entry allows you to set up a numeric keypad on the side of the door outside the garage. If you need to get into the garage and don’t have your remote, you can type in a code and the door will open.
As you can see, there are a quite a bit of things to consider with a garage door opener. We, at Texas Garage Repair, can help you get the garage door opener you dream about. Call 512.518.6606 today for more information.