In the past garage door could only be lifted with the help of a handle placed at the bottom of the garage door. Nowadays, in order to operate a garage door, you need some type of garage door opener that was invented in the earlier 1920s. Now garage doors can be opened and closed using a remote control or a switch from the wall-mounted keypad. There are several models of garage door openers that are easily accessible in the market. There are several garage door companies including Harold’s Garage Door Repair Service that offer different types of garage door opener models according to your need and budget.
Belt-driven garage door opener:
This model is not as nosier as the chain-driven garage door opener. They are ideal for the garages that are located below or next to the bedroom. These openers are stronger, efficient, and durable than chain-driven openers. This is why most people prefer them. The opener consists of a rubber belt instead of a steel chain.
Chain-driven garage door opener:
It is one of the cheapest and famous models of garage door opener. It is easy to install and use because there is a metal chain connected to the motor of the opener. You can use it with the help of remote control or keypad placed on the wall of the garage. When you turn on the switch, the opener will lift the garage door up using a shaft and sprocket chain. It is the noisiest type of model which was created by C.G. Johnson. Normally, a switch is installed on the wall of the garage for easy access both from inside or outside the garage.
Screw-driven garage door opener:
These are created by a manufacturer known as “Genie”. They are famous for designing automatic garage door openers. A direct-driven motor operates it. It lifts the garage door using a threaded steel rod. It runs when the garage door motor is switched on without belts and chains so there is no noise at all. This model has excellent speed than the other two types of garage door openers making it more efficient.
While choosing a garage door opener for your garage door, you should check the power capacity you are going to need. If you have a single garage door, a small motor will be enough but if you have a double garage door then you will need a powerful motor with at least ½ horsepower. You should look for one that comes with a safety mechanism that can stop the garage door from closing if anything interrupted the electronic beam in order to prevent accidents that could be serious. Another important safety feature to be considered is rolling code technology. It changes the security code each time you activate the garage door. It will avoid cross signals with your neighborhood. You should look for the simplest model that suits your needs, demands, and budget.