If you have a garage door, you may be wondering what the best kind of opener is for you. Garage door openers were invented in the 1920s, but have become widely used in the last 20 to 30 years.
Currently there are two main types of garage door openers, belt drive openers and chain drive openers. While belt drive openers are quieter lift the door more smoothly than their chain drive counterparts. Regardless of whether you get a belt drive or chain drive opener, the garage door opener that you consider getting should have a variety of other features to keep your garage door working for years to come.
Ease of Use
First and foremost, the garage door opener that you get should be easy to use. Most garage door openers today are touch button simple, but make sure that it is easy for you to operate.
Second, you want to make sure that the garage door opener you get has enough horsepower to lift your garage door. By knowing how much your door weighs, you can make sure you get the right size opener.
Your garage door should have several safety features built in. Such features include lights that automatically come on when the garage door is opened, sensor beams to detect objects under the door, and an auto reversing feature if there is an obstruction.
Because you store things in your garage you want to make sure that the garage door is secure and will keep your things safe from intruders. Garage door openers should have strong locking mechanisms.
Finally, your garage door opener should have good customer service. Sometimes things go wrong or you need help with your opener. If they provide good customer service and support you will be able to get all of your questions answered.
A lot more goes into making a decision about a garage door opener than whether it is belt drive or chain drive. Be sure that you take these things into consideration as you are choosing the best garage door opener for you.