Garage door openers make life more convenient, but keep in mind they are not all alike. There is a vast discrepancy when it comes to options, convenience, and price for many of the new garage door openers on the market today. Here is a brief guide on how to choose the perfect garage door opener for your garage.
The first thing you should do is decide on which drive type you want. Drive is the mechanism used to open the door. Your choices are:
- Chain driven garage door opener
- Belt driven garage door opener
- Screw Drive garage door opener
Chain driven garage door openers are the cheapest but are also the loudest — not the best choice if your garage is near a bedroom or a living room. Belt driven garage door openers tend to be the most popular because they are much quieter and won’t wake up the neighbors. Screw-driven garage door openers use a threaded metal rod which rotates on the spite to lift the door. These require more maintenance and tend to be loud.
Smart Garage Door Opener
If you are installing a new garage door opener, you really should take this as an opportunity to step into the 21st century with a smart garage door opener. This way, you can access your garage door remotely from your phone or computer. It gives you complete control. If you should happen to forget to close the garage door, you’ll get an alert and can shut the door even sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. It also makes package theft a thing of the past. Simply have the delivery driver contact you when the package arrives. You can open the door remotely and give them access to your garage.
Any opener installed in California after 2019, including El Dorado Hills, is required by law to have battery backup. This was inspired by the wildfires in California a few years ago when the neighbors of a California politician had trouble evacuating their home due to a power outage. While this requirement is designed to keep people safe, it’s really a good idea regardless of the law or any emergency. This way, you’ll always have access to the convenience of your garage door, even during a blackout.
You can install battery backup to any existing garage door opener. We’d be happy to come out and help!