What to Consider and Look for When Buying a Garage Door Opener
By Mark J. Donovan
||After moving into a new home with a garage, homeowners often find themselves searching out garage door openers for their garage doors. Finding and buying the right garage door opener can be a bit of a challenge for the uninitiated.
First, there are several garage door opener types to choose from. Second, garage door openers are specified relative to different motor horsepower ratings. The more horsepower a motor has, the more powerful it is. So which garage door opener is right for your garage doors? Read on to learn how to choose the right garage door opener for your garage doors.
There are basically three different garage door opener types. Probably the most common type of garage door opener used today with standard 7’x9’ garage doors is the chain driven garage door opener.
This said, if you have wood garage doors or larger non-standard garage doors you should go with the stronger horsepower garage door opener.
|The only disadvantage of chain driven garage door openers is that they are loud sounding, so they may not be best for the garage door that sits below a bedroom.
The belt driven garage door opener is the second type of garage door opener. It is ideal for garage doors where noise is a concern, such as a garage door located underneath a bedroom. Belt driven garage door openers, however, don’t have the same strength as the chain driven ones and typically wear out faster.
The last type of garage door opener is known as a screw driven garage door opener. They’ve been around for a number of decades and are not as commonly used today compared to the chain driven garage door opener.
They operate by a lifting arm assembly that travels along a threaded steel rod. Like the chain driven garage door opener, they can be used with heavier garage doors and are available in several different horsepower motor ratings.
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