There have been many recent breakthroughs in automatic garage door technology that make it more challenging to select a new automatic opener for your garage. The technology is more reliable and it offers various new safety and security features that can protect your garage and home. It also allows you to select the horsepower and mechanism that best suits your needs.
Selecting the Right Horsepower
Automatic garage door openers are made with a ¼ HP, ½ HP, or 1 HP electric motor. You can use a ¼ HP motor on a lighter garage door, but a heavier wood or steel set of double doors will need at least a ½ HP to lift the extra weight. It is always beneficial to select more horsepower then you need, especially since there is not a big price difference between a ¼ and 1 HP electric motor.
Selecting the Right Mechanism
There are basically three kinds of automatic garage door mechanisms; chain drive, belt drive, and screw drive. A chain drive is the most affordable and commonly used opening mechanism available. Unfortunately they can be quite loud and will require some regular maintenance. A belt drive is the most costly type of mechanism, but it does not require any maintenance. A screw drive is the mid-range option and it is not as loud as a chain drive opener.
Selecting the Right Security Features
Automatic garage door openers come with many different security and safety features, like motion detectors that turn the lights on anytime someone enters the garage. In 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made it mandatory for all automatic openers to have an auto-reverse safety feature that detects if something is in the door’s path.
Another security feature is rolling code technology. This advanced feature changes the access code every time the remote is used, which makes it practically impossible for thieves to crack it. There are also now openers that utilize fingerprint recognition software.
Selecting the Right Garage Door Company
Selecting an automatic opener seems simple enough, but there are many things you need to consider before you can select the right one for you. You need to determine the horsepower you will require, the noise and cost of the mechanism you select, and the type of security features you will need to feel safe. You also need to find the right garage door company. Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors for help with selecting the right automatic garage door opener if you live in the Auburn, Granite, El Dorado, Roseville, and Rocklin area.