A remote garage door opener is necessary especially while arriving home after dark in the midst of a thunderstorm! Push a button in your car, the door opens and you drive in without getting a drop of rain on you. But you need to choose these door openers carefully as there are differences between various models
How do garage openers work?
Most garage door openers use one of three different mechanisms – chain drive, screw drive or belt drive.
These openers use a metal chain about the same size as a bicycle chain to open and close your garage doors. Their popularity is primarily due to their cost.
These drives run along a threaded steel rod to operate the door. The screw function results in quieter operation than the chain drive but the cost is higher.
These drive openers use a flexible rubber belt mechanism to raise or lower the door. The belt is made from a compound similar to steel belted radial tires so it is very strong, quiet in operation and requires virtually no maintenance. But they can be really expensive at the same time!
Tips to remember while choosing a garage door
- – Garage door openers use electric motors that from 1/4 HP up to 1/2HP. A single, light weight garage door can be easily opened with a 1/4HP motor while heavier wood or metal dual doors will need a 1/2HP model.
- – While you may feel the benefit of having a quieter opener isn’t worth paying for, if any of bedrooms in your home are close to the garage, folks sleeping in those rooms will certainly appreciate the quieter operation.
- – A safety closing mechanism that stops or reverses a closing door when it bumps into something (such as a child’s bike or worse a person trying to dash under the closing door), is definitely a feature you need.
- – Many openers have built in overhead lights that come on when the opener is activated so you never have to get out of your car in a dark garage.
- – Ensure the remote control technology uses modulating or rolling codes that change frequently, so your remote control is the only one that can open your garage door.
- – Some openers have the ability to integrate with a push button in your car so you don’t need to worry about a remote control getting lost or batteries running out.
Don’t hesitate – get a remote garage door opener right away!