In this months “Ask the Expert”, Janie has a question about what type of garage door opener she should have installed for her garage door. We sent this question to our technician, Brian, to see what he had to say! If you have a question you’d like one of our experts to answer, shoot us a message through our contact us page!

Q: What type of garage door opener should I install in my home? – Janie from Spring Hill, FL

A: Hi Janie! That’s a great question and one of the more common questions we hear as garage door technicians. The garage door opener that’s right for you is going to depend on a few different things. When we come out for our free estimate, we like to find out the answers to a few questions before we make our recommendation.

Is your garage attached to your home or detached?

A detached garage means you probably aren’t worried about noise from your garage door opener. In this case, we would probably recommend a base model garage opener that will get the job done without the bells and whistles of a more premium model.

Is the garage attached to a bedroom or living room?

If so, you’ll want to make sure to install a belt driven garage door opener to avoid unnecessary noise. It’s hard to imagine a worse way to wake up every day than to have to hear a noisy garage door opener at 7am when your spouse leaves for work!

We also like to find out what you use your garage for?

If you’re looking for additional storage, we may want to go over a wall mount garage door opener that takes up less space and does not use a traditional overhead rail.

We have lots of options for garage door openers and as part of our free estimates, we like to go over all the details with you to make sure you purchase the right garage opener for your needs! We’ve listed the different types of garage door openers to give you a broad overview of each. Additionally, you can check out the garage openers we stock here. And if you are interested in finding out which model works best for you, give us a call for a free estimate!

Chain Driven Garage Door Openers – Inexpensive, entry model garage opener. Reliable but noisy. No frills choice.

Belt Driven Garage Door Openers – Extremely quiet opener. Preferred choice if your garage is attached to your home. Extremely reliable. Comes with better warranties. Lots of upgrade options available, including battery backup and WiFi compatibility.

Wall Mount Garage Door Openers – Space saving, quiet design. Great if you have a room above your garage. Best choice for oversized garage doors

Screw Drive Garage Door Openers – Phased out garage opener design. Stable, smooth operation. Prone to failure and being installed less and less.