March 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Category: Remodeling
Before you purchase a garage door opener, you have to identify the type based on your need. You may consider the feature, type of drive, power, and door size. Here we have some info that you can take into consideration before you go to a home store.
Firstly we are going to discuss the types of the drive. The most popular type is chain-drive. Though it is noisy during the operation, some people prefer this type since they will always be alert when somebody enters their house by the noise. The second type is screw-drive. This opener is the easiest one to install and it is not as noisy as the first one. The last type of drive is belt-drive. This opener operates with less noise but the disadvantage is that it costs more than the previous types.
Now we talk about the power. There are two types that you can choose based on your need. You can choose either ½ or ¾ horsepower. If you have heavy doors, we suggest that you take the bigger one. Concerning the door size, you will need additional kit if your garage door exceeds the standard size, 7-feet tall.
Ensure that the features of the opener accommodate safety and security for your family. This appliance is designed to automatically stop and reverse a closing door while something passes it. Therefore, you don’t need to worry it can break your car or your own safety. Then security is another important feature the opener must have. It needs to be equipped with some rolling code to minimize the opportunity of intruders or burglars coming into your house and disturb your family.
Battery backup is the next point you may think about before going to a home store and get an opener for your garage door. If the area where you live is prone to power outage, this feature is necessary. With this feature, you will still be able to make use of the opener. You probably do not want to take any risks of being locked out in your garage or being unable to take your car in when the power outage happens.
Standard opener is equipped with bulb installation. Some can accommodate two 60-watt light bulbs. Another choice, you can choose one which is designed to handle two 100-watt bulbs.
Also, take into consideration the price. Garage door opener ranges from $140 up to $260, according to the type we have mentioned above. You will need extra money for those which come with extra power, for instance. The last thing you need to think of is the warranty the manufacturer gives. You can get one which is guaranteed for 10 years.
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