A garage door opener is not only a wonderful convenience, but it can increase your family and home safety. There are many types of automatic openers available on today’s market. We live in a tech world and there are many items to consider when choosing these technologically advanced products.
Types of Garage Door Openers
One of the most popular types of garage openers now features a belt drive system. It is said to be the quietest and smoothest option. It may be compared to the strength of a steel belted tire which means it is capable of lifting even the heaviest garage doors. The nearly noiseless element is a big seller for individuals with garage apartments. The screw drive system of garage door openers lifts while the mechanism runs along a steel rod which is threaded. This type of garage door opener has the least amount of moving parts. A screw drive system also requires the least amount of routine maintenance.
The chain drive system of garage door openers raises and lowers the door as it runs down it tracks. This is the most common door opener system and it usually costs the least amount of money. It is somewhat noisier than a belt drive or screw drive system which is the biggest downside of choosing it. A new option has been introduced and instead of a screw or chain drive, it is controlled by computer software. The unit is located directly above the garage door and is the best option for those who own garages with little head room.
The Power Question
It is important to choose a door opener which uses the correct amount of power to lift the garage door. Even those who have a single and lighter weight garage door will be better off with a more powerful door opener as it will likely last longer. The absolute best choices are those which put the least amount of stress on the door and, of course, operate as quietly as possible. As a general rule, garage door openers which are considered high end operate the quickest.
All garage door openers must be equipped with some type of auto reverse mechanism as stated by federal mandate. This ensures that it will reverse direction, should something be in its path. In most cases, this is controlled by a motion sensor. A computer controlled system can monitor and control the speed at which a garage door opener operates.
A rolling code feature offers extended home security. It selects a new and the computer generates a random code every time the opener is used. This prevents thieves from hacking into the system and gaining access to the home. Garage doors also have a manual override to physically operate the door in the event of a black out.
Another consideration when shopping for a new garage door opener is a single button or multi button remote operation. The multi button remotes are most often chosen by those who own a garage with more than one bay which provide access through separate doors. The best route for choosing a new garage door opener which suits your home perfectly is to consult a garage door professional and ask him/her to resent you with your exciting options.