What to Look for When Buying a Garage Door Opener

The garage door opener is often taken for granted but is one invention that most of us couldn’t live without. Being able to open the door without getting out of the car is a godsend on those freezing winter mornings! It’s also much safer to drive back in at night without having to get out of the car. That way you are not at risk of a criminal attacking you or trying to jack the car. Of all the different garage door parts that belong to your garage, the silly door opener is starting to look even better now, isn’t it?

There are three basic types of garage door openers on the market today. The screw-drive system is powerful and requires the least maintenance due to having fewer moving parts. A chain-drive system is a little more complicated but are the most common type used. These are the least expensive but they do tend to make more noise. The third system we’re just starting to see is the computer-controlled drive that doesn’t have the mechanical pieces, making it smaller and quieter.

When deciding what type of garage door opener is best for you, keep in mind that the higher end models tend to be smoother operating and open quite a bit faster than those on the lower end. They won’t close faster, however, as federal law regulates closing speed as a safety measure. Another safety measure required by law is that if the door hits something on the way down, it will stop and go back up. Also, if a person or object is in the path of the door closing, it will also reverse automatically and retract itself. This last feature works well and is due to garage door sensors being installed that will identify anything in the way. A beam of light shines between two sensors and if something breaks that transmit and receive signal, the sensor trips a notification to the garage door opener to not allow it to close. Its a great idea for pets, children, or even those of us who move a little slower than others.

Our site has reviewed top 7 best garage door openers and you can select the one that¬†works best for your garage.¬†Simply do a search and you will find several manufacturers’ and specialty websites with more information.

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