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How to Choose Garage Door Openers

     The most critical phase of setting up a garage is the installation of the garage door opener. Though there's a plethora of makers in the market today, it's still important to choose the right opener hardware and evaluate the quality of its mechanisms-from springs to brackets to tracks and to driving belts. Well-made garage doors openers ensure years of convenient car parking and safety of people in the household.

Power is a primary consideration in choosing garage doors openers. This feature is typically indicated through the metric unit horsepower. Most models are equipped with one-half, three-fourths, one, one and a half, and two horsepower mechanism. The general rule is the heavier and the bigger the garage door, the more powerful the opener should be. When you don't know which one to choose, make sure to inquire with the home improvement shop assistant. Ascertain that you are aware of the size and weight of the garage door so the respective opener that can match it can easily be identified. In a worst case shopping scenario, choose the more powerful one since price difference is very little.

Garage door openers also vary in terms of drive classification. There are chain drives, belt drives, and screw drives. The most traditional form of drive is made of chain, so if your home is emitting a classy look, then go for a chain model. Noise is inherent in chain drives, and this can be a good or a bad thing. If sleeping rooms are near the garage area, opening the door can of course be a hassle. But some home owners like the sound of chain drives since it indicates that a family member has arrived.

Belt drive openers have mechanisms similar to chain openers; the only difference is that the former is being run by rubber belt material. Rubber belt produces less noise, require little maintenance, and has a relatively longer lifespan. The setback, of course, is in the tag price-belt drive models are among the most expensive in the market. Lastly there are screw drive garage doors openers, which are regarded as the most cost-efficient among all types. Screw drive openers have little moving mechanisms, which means they create less noise and are very easy to install.

Security is a very crucial feature in garage doors openers. Though the industry requires standard security features in door opener production, it is still important to be sensitive on brands and choose among makers that put high premium on security. Note that accidents may occur in every home, and garage door malfunction can damage cars and interiors, or even hurt pets and family members. Make it a point to check the security mechanisms periodically and carry out the necessary maintenance procedures.

Accessibility features should also be prioritized in choosing garage doors openers. To address this you may opt for a key window that uses a rolling code system, or a keyless pad that allows you to enter a specific code to make the opener function. Aside from these models, there are also advanced accessibility pads which detect your fingerprint or face instead of asking for a code.

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William I. Neil is an architect, providing information and directories about home improvement, garage door opener, garage door hardware and residential garage door


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