What’s the best garage door opener is one of the most common questions we receive. And it’s answer depends entirely on how you answer the following questions:
Is your garage attached to your home?
If your garage is detached from your main home, you may want to look at an inexpensive option like a chain driven garage door opener. These openers use a metal chain along a metal rail to open and close your garage door. The result is a fairly loud process. However, due to that negative, the price of these openers are the cheapest on the market. So if you’re not concerned with noise because your garage door isn’t attached to your home, you should look for a chain driven operator.
Is there a living area sharing a floor or wall with your garage?
If your garage is attached to your home and has a room above the garage or sharing a wall, you should be looking for a belt drive garage door opener. The mechanics of this garage opener are the same as a chain driven, however, belt driven garage openers use a rubber belt along a metal rail which virtually eliminates all operating noise of the unit. Generally speaking the belt driven garage door openers come with a better warranty and more features as well!
How big is your garage door?
The size and weight of your garage door plays a crucial role in determining the correct garage door opener for you. Heavier doors may need a stronger rail system to support the weight. While larger garage doors may require a wall mount garage door opener due to size restrictions.
Would you like to check your garage door from your phone from anywhere?
If you’re into making your house a smart home, you should definitely be looking for a smart garage door opener with wi-fi features. This style of garage door operator allows you to download an app and receive notifications when your garage door is left open. Additionally, you can open or close your garage door right from your phone, which makes it very convenient to ensure your home is always secure.
These are a few of the reasons why shopping for a new garage door opener should involve speaking to a professional technician to discuss your options and what exactly is most important in your decision. If you’re looking for a new opener, give us a call for a free estimate and we’ll send one of our Garage Door Pros to your home to evaluate your garage door and ensure you can make an informed decision!