If you have ever been driving home on a cold winter night and experienced the joy of pressing the button on the remote for your garage door opener and slipping right into your home then you know the importance of having an opener that functions reliably and consistently. It is never a pleasure to have to get out of the car and haul up the old handle to get in when it is so easy to install an automatic garage door opener. There are essentially three types of garage door openers currently widely available that you should consider before making your choice. They each have their various benefits and deficiencies but it is up to you to decide what best fits your needs. |
The variety regarded as the best, certainly for residential applications, is the belt driven operator. This type uses a rubber belt, which runs the garage door on its track virtually silently. This type is the most expensive of the three varieties but is the best for homes that have adjacent bedrooms or living areas that would be impacted by the noise of other varieties. Additionally this is the best choice for areas with large shifts in temperature most importantly cold areas. The reliability of the rubber belt in even below freezing temperatures is a major selling point.
Similar in operation to the belt drive but significantly more cost effective is the chain driven motor. This type runs a long chain that raises and lowers the door in its track but it is by far the loudest type of opener on this list. It is applicable for detached buildings or perhaps one far from the living area of the house. This type of device is best in areas that have more mild winters due to its metal parts.
The most cost-effective form of opener is the basic screw driven type. It is essentially one long threaded screw that runs the garage door up and down. This design is very slow. Because of its limited amount of parts it requires the least amount of maintenance but it is very sensitive to temperature. It is best for industrial use because it can lift very heavy things but can be considered for the home if your climate is consistent year-round.
Whichever design you opt for the benefits and the rewards will pay for themselves in a matter of months. Just think how nice it will be to step straight from your car into your home.
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