Garage Door Opener Buying Guide: What to Know Before Buying a Garage Door Opener Replacement?

What Comes First, Door or Opener?

When it comes to garage door opener replacement, there are a few considerations you need to take into account, so read the following post as supplied by Franco's Garage Doors.

Which to buy first: The door or the opener?

If you are considering an upgrade, then you are probably wondering which to buy first? We suggest you take some time to consider pairing a new door and new garage door opener from the start. In other words, plan ahead so your garage door opening system is optimal for your needs. Also, different doors need different types of openers, which could affect the requirements for the new opener you are planning to buy.

One way to ensure your garage door opener matches the requirements of the door is by pairing them both together from the start. Speak to your dealer, as they will know which doors need certain opener capabilities, and they will be able to assist you in your purchase. However, if you decide to not pair the door and opener, you may have to buy additional parts that include the likes of adapters and extension kits later on in order to ensure that the door and opener work in harmony.

What are the weight capacity and drive style?

Two very important steps when buying a garage door opener replacement are choosing a model that has the right weight capacity and a drive style. A few factors to consider that will help to help determine which one is the best fit for you include:

How big is your garage door and how often do you use it

1/2 horsepower openers are suitable for standard single-wide aluminum garage doors. However, if you use your garage often, or you have a one-piece door, or a heavier bigger garage door, you will need a 3/4+ horsepower garage door opener.


Choosing an opener that is suitable for the weight and style of your garage door will ensure it functions properly and does not need continual maintenance. So make sure you factor this in when looking for a garage door opener replacement.

In conclusion, if you would like to learn about the services and products we can offer you, and if you live in the Santa Rosa, CA area, please feel free to call us at (707) 838-3833 anytime.

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