You might be thinking about buying a new model of garage door openers, one that will give you the best bang for your buck. We have created this post with the only end of mind of ultimately helping you choose the kind of garage door opener you would like in the end. We hope that by the bottom of this post, you shall be able to discern which specific model you would like to have based on the suggestions that we will be laying down to you.
Without further ado, let us first consider the key questions which you must ask yourself before you go on shopping for your upgraded garage door opener:
- Which type of device would suit your needs best?
- What are the specific specs that you would need based on your door?
- Under which type of noise level is workable for you?
- What are the safety and security features that you would like?
- Are Add-ons like mobile connectivity and remote access a must for you or can you let it go for the cost of price and functionality?
The Specs And Types Garage Door Openers That You Have To Consider
There are three different types of garage door opener and each of them directly correlates to the level of specs, noise, and performance that would be delivered. These three are the following:
1. Chain Driven Type– Chain drive garage door openers are the most classic devices present. They utilize the old technology of using metal chain links to lift heavy and industrial type doors. While among the three they possess the highest strength and durability, they are also the loudest. Newer garage door openers under this type are much more silent compared to their contemporary counterparts however there can still be a noticeable difference with the noise. If your doors are quite heavy, solid and large, then going for a chain link is the best solution.
You just have to accept that your garage door opener might not be the most silent around the block. But, you don’t have to worry since there are devices right now that, while they are chain link driven, are still aren’t that noisy due to a Noise and Vibration Isolation Technology. Try searching out for our reviews to truly inspect chain link driven types that can even be quieter than the other two types from other brands.
2. Screw Driven Type– Screw drive garage door openers stand in between rubber belts and chain links in terms of performance and noise. They present optimal durability and strength for a more silent operation. They are not the quietest type but their noise level is above satisfactory in the long term. Maintenance is also not that required since the lack of metal fittings eliminates the need for constant lubrication of materials.
3. Belt Driven Type– Belt driven garage door openers are perhaps the most silent among the three and the fact that it does not have metal fittings like the chain link ultimately eliminates the need for constant maintenance due to noise. However, among the three, this type of door opener might have a hard time dealing with really heavy door openers. However, there are newer garage door openers right now that present a stronger mechanism even if they are just driven by rubber belts.
The Rule Of Thumb On HP Ratings
As for the HP rating, we suggest that you estimate this through your door size and mass. For sectional doors, a type of belt drive garage door openers with 1/2 HP would suit you best while for heavier and more compact builds, a ¾ HP motor is ultimately needed. If your door is around 500 pounds then a half-HP motor would do. But if it is more than that mass, then a more powerful one with a chain link drive can be more suitable. The rule of the thumb therefore is that as the mass and the size of the doors go higher, so is the HP requirement for the motor.
Prioritizing Your Safety And Security
The next thing that you should consider is how the device can prioritize your safety and security. For starters, always make these features a must and do not treat it as a mere add-on. The first functionality that you should be looking for is the code rolling technology. This technology changes the security code of your device every time you open and close it, hence eliminating the chance of nearby thieves to “sniff and peek in” your codes which they can use later to open your door when you are not around.
Another thing that you should consider is the auto-reverse feature which is essentially a functionality that is offered by a paired sensor that releases a beam of invisible light. This invisible light, if broken, by you or anyone that may obstruct and collide with the door’s course will trigger the closing door to actually stop and reverse its action- giving you a guaranteed safe mechanism that will trigger if perhaps you are caught off guard. There are a few security and safety options that are available to specific garage door openers but those two are the most important ones.
Wireless connectivity can also be an issue for you. The most basic wireless connectivity that we suggest you require on a door opener is the wireless panel and a couple of remotes. Without this connectivity option, then the purpose of buying a garage door opener would be defeated. Choose one that has a longer range, say around 7 meters in minimum. This will ensure you that you can manipulate the garage door even if you are just in your car.
Other garage door openers do sport a HomeLink compatibility and a feature that allows you to check the status and issue commands for the door from your smartphone. These connectivity add-ons entail more costs so you have to carefully consider them. Are you fine with just a remote or do you think a HomeLink compatibility and smart phone app is crucial for you? Just a piece of advice though, all HomeLink compatible door openers would still need an extra purchase of a repeater for cars that were manufactured before 2011, making the cost a little higher. But if you don’t mind spending a little extra for these fancy features then we say go for it and we shall also offer you models that specialize on connectivity.
Other Features And Conclusion Garage Door Openers
There are more features that specific garage door openers can offer as a comparative advantage. There are those that offer extra batteries for power outages. This is a function that is crucial on times when the electricity isn’t available. There are also those that has a solar panel compatible port for an alternative source of energy and energy saving designs as well. Some which specialize on security offer a reinforced lock which will prevent forced entry on your garage. The thing with other features is that, you don’t actually need them so much however they are there to suit your preference on the area which you want to specialize. Specializing in design might mean an added feature that reduces noise while providing increased strength. Prioritizing security and safety might mean reinforced locks and longer remote ranges.
All of these can be chosen carefully and considered with much analysis, but for the very basic and crucial requirements, the things that we have laid down above are by far the things that you really need to consider as they provide the baseline for performance. We hope to have helped you in your quest for finding an automatic garage door opener. Have fun hunting the best device that suits your needs!