Garage Door Openers Buying Guide

A garage door opener can bring an subtle luxury to your life, one that you will soon never do without. It's simply, easy to install, and requires very little maintenance.

There are three types of garage door drive systems:

  • Screw Drive : Once popular but now fading due to its noisy demeanour.
  • Belt Drives : A plastic or rubber belt pulls the trolley along the rail. Very quiet and reliable.
  • Chain Drives : Extremely quiet, and typically offers a stronger support system than the belt drive system.

Many companies offer products which are safe for DIY installation, which can save you hundreds of pounds on installation. However, if you aren't normally handy, it may end up costing you in the long run. You will require the following: Step Ladder ,Drill ,Ratchet , Pencil, Carpenter's Level , Straight Blade, Screwdriver ,Wrench ,Tape Measure ,Phillips Head Screwdriver ,Pliers ,Hammer ,Hack Saw ,Wire Stripper , as well as 5/32", 7/32"and 1/4" Drill Bits, 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" and 9/16" Sockets. Once equipped, consult the owners manual.

A few more important points:

  • There are also specific garage door openers that function best with specific types of doors. 
  • Choose a garage door opener with a low energy toroid transformer, which will cut your costs while the garage door opener is on standby.
  • If your have a garage integrated into your home, it is likely that a wall-mounted remote control will be as useful as one in your car. This will allow pedestrians to enter and exit the house through the garage. 
  • Note the warranty. The longer the warranty, the greater confidence the manufacturer has in the product. 
  • A recent upgrade includes a battery replacement system, which allows you to get in and out of your garage if the power in your home is lost. 

See also: Electric Gate Openers