Choosing a Garage Door Opener
When it comes to choosing a garage door opener, there may be more items to consider than one would think. Garage door openers range in styles, price, and levels of noise they make. It is important to understand some of the basics about garage door openers before purchasing one.
First, there are three types of garage door openers: those with a chain drive mechanism, those with a screw drive mechanism, and those with a belt drive mechanism.
Chain drive systems are probably the most popular, mainly because they tend to be the cheapest. Just as the name suggests, a chain is responsible for opening and closing the door.
Systems with a screw drive mechanism are more expensive, and use a mechanism that moves the door by running it along a threaded steel rod or plastic track. Typically, these are a not as noisy as chain drive systems, and do not require a lot of maintenance due to the small number of parts used. These units are probably the hardest type of opener to find.
Finally, garage door openers with a belt drive mechanism are the most expensive type.
Using a rubber belt to open the door: They are considered to be the quietest option available, but may be more complicated to install. Some who choose this option end up hiring someone to install the opener, as it can be a tedious task.
Many garage door openers feature safety options that should be considered. Often the main safety feature is an infrared beam that will stop the door from closing if something is in its path. Some openers even have a feature that changes the signal each time the door is opened, to prevent signals from being crossed with neighboring doors, and to prevent unwanted intruders from gaining access to your signal.
All garage openers come with a remote to operate it. Some have battery back-ups in case of a power outage. Many also come with a keypad that can be attached to the outside of your home, so that you can open and close the door that way. This would be handy if you were going for a walk, and did not want to carry a house key or garage door remote with you. When you return home, simply punch in your code, and the garage will open for you.
It is important to look for the simplest garage door opener that fits your needs. Depending on where your garage is located in relation to the rest of the house, the noise level may not be an issue. However, if a baby’s bedroom is located above the garage, the noise level may be the biggest factor to consider.
Craftsman openers are widely used, and a bit more affordable. However, they tend to be noisier than others. The most expensive models do not necessarily mean they are better. They probably just have more features available, which may not be necessary for everyone. Consider what options are important for you, and make a decision based upon that; it may save time and money.