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Tips for Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener

Choosing the right Garage Door Opener Repair service means making your life considerably easier on a daily basis.
A garage door opener basically allows you to automatically open your garage door. In turn, that means that you can gain access to your garage with no need to exit your vehicle.

This might seem like a small detail, but actually it makes a world of difference. For one, it means that when you arrive home and it’s dark, cold or raining, you don’t need to get out and fumble around getting cold and wet. This isn’t just impractical – it can be a health hazard!

At the same time though, it’s one of those small touches that just makes your daily commute that little more enjoyable. And that goes a long way.

So how do you choose the best garage door opener ?

Drive Types

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There are a few different considerations to keep in mind when picking your garage door opener. One is the ‘drive’ – the mechanism used to open the door. Garage Door Repair in Santa Rosa provides quality services at best prices.

On the one hand, you have chain drive garage door openers. These work well with heavy and oversized doors and are generally very powerful. However, they do have a few potential issues – such as occasionally getting caught and potentially making a fair amount of noise.

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Screw-drives on the other hand use a threaded metal rod which rotates on the spite to lift the door. They require a little more maintenance than several other types, and they can also be quite noisy. That said, they are also among the quickest when it comes to operate and can let you into your garage fast.

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Perhaps the most popular option for many is the belt-drive option. These use a rubber belt along a cog. They aren’t terribly suitable for extremely heavy doors, but they’re much quieter than either of the other options.

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Whether or not noise is an option is going to depend on numerous factors. What do the neighbors think about the noise? Where is your garage located in relation to your bedrooms? Or in relation to other homes in the neighborhood? Noise may not matter if your family is down the other end of the house and you are detached.

You also need to consider your horsepower – just how powerful the motor is. This will again be based on the size of your garage door.

Access Control

A garage door opener is not just a convenient home-automation feature, it is also a security feature. In other words, it needs to effectively keep people out who you don’t want coming in!

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That in turn means that it should be able to somehow allow you to identify yourself and only then open. This can work a few ways but very often involves some kind of remote control that will use an IR blaster, Bluetooth, NFC, WiFi, or radio. Choose the type of transmitter you want in order to reduce the likelihood of it not working and you being left sitting on your front drive like a lemon!

Some garage door openers will use a combination of NFC/Bluetooth combined with a pressure pad. This way, the garage door can identify when your car is near and then automatically open up. Keep in mind that this does increase the likelihood of things going wrong and potentially of your car opening for the wrong person.

You should always think as well about how many controls you need, and whether or not you have a backup system for getting in perhaps with a chip and pin. Likewise, it can be useful to have a mechanism for opening the door manually, if the opener should ever become damaged.

Other Considerations

Garage Door OpenerAs with any purchase, you may also want to think about additional features, practical considerations, and price.

Is this good value for money? Does it come with a warranty? What are the customer reviews like for Overhead Garage Opener?

Another thing to think about is installation. Is this an easy opener to install? If not, will you need to hire someone to handle if for you? This is important to think about, as it could offset any savings you make by choosing a different opener.

Think as well about any additional features. For instance, does your garage door opener have any particular mechanism to keep sound down below what would normally be usual for this type? Likewise, does it have the option to open the door parts -way?

Finally, remember that you might be choosing a garage door at the same time. If the garage is a new installation, then thinking about the opener and the type of doors you want at the same time is a logical way to approach your decision making.

Follow these tips and you’ll be able to roll up to your garage and head in without any need to get out the vehicle. Your home will be more secure, and you’ll even be adding value to your real-estate!

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