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Tuesday, 24 December 2013

What to look for in an ideal garage door opener?

A lot of new types of modern garage doors and door openers are flooding the market today. You might really be surprised at the numerous choices you come across. It doesn’t matter whether you want to buy an automatic roller door opener, sliding gate motors or swing gate motors, you have to keep a few guidelines in mind to make the right choice for your garage.

Types of drive – When it comes to garage door openers, there are three types of drive: screw, belt and chain. Chain drive openers are the oldest type; however, they are still popular for the low cost involved. On the other hand, they are noisy and do not make a good choice if the owner wants the premises to be quiet and calm. Belt drive openers operate with a rubber belt and are the quietest type; they are a bit expensive. The screw drive openers have a very few moving parts and need little maintenance. It is the best choice for people who want to install the garage door opener by themselves.

Power – If your garage has two doors, you need a ½ horsepower garage door opener. For a single door garage, a smaller motor is sufficient. If the door is too heavy, a ¾ horsepower model is required. When you are not sure about your needs, opt for a model with more power because the difference in price is not that significant.

Safety features –
Almost all garage door openers come with a safety mechanism that can stop and reverse a door that closes when there is a blockage. This mechanism helps in preventing damage or injury to people and pets as well as cars. However, the mechanism should be tested regularly for its efficacy.

Security features – Ensure that the garage door opener you are buying comes with a rolling code feature. This aspect will make it difficult for a potential burglar to gain access to the secret code that is required to open the door.

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