What to Consider When Buying a Garage Door Opener?

Garage Door Opener Installation Tips

Many of the clients of Franco's Garage Doors freely admit they are clueless when it comes to choosing the right garage door opener installation, so we decided to write this blog to help out homeowners that live out of our area.

There are quite a few factors you will need to take into account when it comes to choosing a garage door opener. The most important being the kind of drive system you need. For example, a chain-driven system is considered the most common and the cheapest, and costs around 150 US dollars. A garage door opener that uses a screw-drive system will run along a threaded steel rod or plastic-lined track. This is slightly more expensive, however, does create less noise and does not need much maintenance.

Another common drive system for a garage door openers is a belt-drive one, this uses flexible rubber belts, and these start at 200 USD and are the quietest out of all the options. More complicated models will need professional installation and can add up to 150 USD on the total cost.

The next consideration is how much power you will need. A single door will operate with the smallest of motors, however, double doors will require at least ½ horsepower. A direct current or DC for short motor uses less electricity than its counterparts and will allow for better control of speed and sound.

When safety is the issue, you need to choose a garage door opener that comes with a safety mechanism. This generally consists of an electronic beam that will stop the door from closing when anything crosses its path. Another safety feature will be a rolling code, this changes the signal every time the door is activated. This not only protects the security code, but it also prevents crossed signals with neighboring doors.

In conclusion to our garage door opener installation blog, if you would like to learn about the services we can provide, and if you are a resident of the Santa Rosa, CA area, please feel free to call us at (707) 838-3833 anytime.

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