It’s always a bummer whenever your garage door opener quits working for whatever reason. Most people don’t have the foggiest idea of where to go to get good information, so they accept whatever the salesman tells them which isn’t always a good thing. Based on that, the staff here at A & A decided to write down a few things to take into consideration whenever buying a new garage door opener. So, we thought we’d start with the basics
In the beginning, there was fire, then the earth cooled…ok, maybe that’s too basic, but homeowners used to complain about getting out their cars to open the garage door on snowy winter nights. For most of us, those days are long gone since we can open the garage door with the touch of a button. Nowdays, a garage door opener is an absolute must rather than just a modern convenience. Not to mention the fact that having a working garage door opener is a safety issues as well whenever you have kids running around the garage.
But, there are several factors that need to be taken into consideration when making the decision about which garage door to purchase. These factors include things like:
-What type of garage door opener have you had in the past? (and liked or not liked!)
-How important is the garage door noise? (or lack therof!)
-How fast do you need the garage door to open? (or is that not a factor at all?)
-What kind of remote access would you like? (i.e. do you want an outside keypad?)
-Are there any other special options you want from the garage door opener?
Garage Door Opener Facts
There are many things in life we don’t really want to spend much time researching like dental floss and garage door openers, but when the times comes to buy one, it’s always handy to know what you’re talking about, so here goes.
There are three basic types of garage door openers. The first is called a screw drive garage door opener. Next, there’s the chain drive garage door opener and lastly, there’s the belt drive garage door opener They all tend to do the job well, so the biggest difference between them all is how much noise they each make while operating.
If you have a bedroom above the garage, then you will want to keep the noise down to a dull roar, so keep that in mind as you compare garage door openers. (That’s a belt driven garage door opener by the way!) Also, it’s important to consider what type of keypad you’re interested in. The single button remotes are still widely popular for their simplicity, but some garage door remotes offer multiple buttons to operate different garage doors.
The difference between the top three garage door openers:Chain Driven Garage Door Opener: This is the most common type of opener and has what looks like a bicycle chain attached to the opener and the door. It’s essentially a metal trolley mechanism that opens and closes the door. Some units hide the chain which helps reduce the noise. These garage door openers are the most economical and dependable, but they can be the most noisy.
Screw Drive Garage Door Opener: This type of opener has the fewest moving parts which makes it less likely to break down over time. It uses a threaded steel rod to open and close the garage door. When properly lubricated, the operation of this type of garage door is fairly quiet, so it’s definitely something you want to consider if noise is an issue.
Belt Drive Garage Door Opener: This type of opener uses belts to raise and lower the garage door which gets rid of the metal to metal contact in other openers. That’s why this type of garage door is the quietest. Of course, this type of opener requires the biggest up front expense, but very little upkeep for years to follow.
Whatever your needs, it’s important you pick the right garage door opener for your needs. If you have a teenager that likes to sneak out at night, it may be a good idea to get the loudest garage door in the neighborhood just to help keep that teen in line. But, that’s up to you!