How To Choose A Garage Door Opener

With the advanced technology available today, many changes have been made to garage door openers. With the great selection of garage door openers available you may not know where to start deciding which garage door opener would be best for your needs. 

The first thing to review when considering a garage door opener is the kind of drive. The garage door drive type refers to whether the door is lifted by a belt, chain, or some other mechanism. You may want to consider the motor’s horsepower output, but that is determined by if it is simply used for a home garage or for a commercial setting. 

  • If you are looking for a well-rounded option for a garage door opener, you may find a screw-drive opener is your best bet. Screw drives operate using a metal rod that is threaded like a screw so it can close and lift the garage door. This option is not as noisy as a chain drive but is slightly louder than a belt drive. The downside is that a screw-drive opener does require more maintenance than the other options despite having fewer moving parts. 
  • If you are wanting an opener with a very quiet operation, then look for a belt-drive opener. These garage door openers do not have loud, banging metal parts. A direct-drive or jackshaft opener are not as popular as other models of openers, they are gaining popularity and offer a dependable, yet quiet solution. 

When you are deciding on the horsepower, look at what kind of door you have. Here is a rundown of the different kinds of openers available as far as horsepower goes. 

  • A standard door will function well with a one-half horsepower opener. 
  • If you haven insulated door, or a one-piece wooden door, then you might want to step up to a door that is a ¾-HP, which is more durable and longer lasting while providing additional power. 
  • If you have a garage door that is oversized or an industrial door, then step up to a one-horsepower model, which is the best choice for the heaviest garage door. 

To discuss your garage door opener needs, contact Larry Myers Garage Door today.