Purchasing a New Garage Door Opener? 4 Factors to Consider

Thinking about installing a new garage door opener? It’s really only a matter of time. While most homeowners will only install a new garage door once or twice in their lifetimes, garage door openers are another story. Because they don’t last as long, say 10 to 15 years, they will likely need to install a new opener sooner than a new door.

The thing you need to understand is that buying a new garage door opener is not as simple as it sounds, especially these days. There’s smart technology to consider (why not step into the 21st century?) You also need to pay attention to horsepower, drive chains, and other factors. Here are 4 factors to consider when choosing a new garage door opener to install.

What Type of Opener Do You Want?

There are a number of garage door openers to choose from. Chain drive openers are very dependable, fairly inexpensive, but tend to be noisy. Belt drive openers cost a little more but are much quieter. They are nice if your door is by a living area or bedroom, or you don’t want to drive the neighbors crazy.

LED Lighting

There’s nothing worse than a dimly lit garage when you come. Not only is it not inviting, but it’s a safety hazard. We highly recommend LED lighting. It’s very bright — providing your garage interior with practically a day light feel — and highly energy efficient. It’s the best of both worlds when it comes to garage lighting — especially if you plan to use your garage for recreation such as a TV lounge, yoga studio or personal gym.

Smart Garage Door Openers

If you are installing a new garage door opener, definitely make sure it’s a smart garage door opener. This technology connects your garage door opener to an app via WiFi that you can control with your phone, any mobile device, or computer. Forget to close your garage door? No problem — it’s right on your phone. You can also have package delivery contact you for access to your door to avoid package theft.

Battery Backup

Battery backup is now required by law in El Dorado Hills and California in general. The idea is to be able to access your garage when the power goes out, especially in the event of a wildfire. But it’s still a good idea regardless of the law or if you actually live in California. Aside from the safety issue, it’s just a matter of convenience. Power outages happen all the time. This way, you’ll still be able to open your garage automatically.

Even if you aren’t installing a new opener, you can still install battery backup on your existing opener. In fact, we can help. We install battery backup, new garage door openers, and new garage doors on homes throughout the El Dorado Hills area.

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