If your garage door opener was made before 2016, there have been a ton of recent upgrades and abilities compared to the one you have, especially if yours is several years old!
If you are looking at a new garage door opener, there is a lot to consider and a ton of features you can get! Garage door technology gets more reliable every year, and the various safety and security features go a long way in the security of your home. There is also a lot more options when it comes to the horsepower and mechanism of openers that can best suit your needs.
Choosing the Right Horsepower For Your Garage Door
You have a few horsepower choices for an automatic garage door opener: 1/3 HP, 1/2 HP, or 1 HP electric motors.
1/3 HP motors are best for lighter garage doors. Heavier garage doors like wood or steel, or a set of double garage doors needs at least 1/2HP so it can lift the extra weight.
It always makes sense to choose an opener with more horsepower than you need, especially if the price difference isn’t large. Generally the difference between a 1/3 HP and 1HP isn’t big, so it’s worth it for the extra power.
Choosing the Right Mechanism
There are 3 types of garage door mechanisms: belt drive, screw drive and chain drive.
A belt drive is the most expensive mechanism, but requires no maintenance.
A screw drive is a mid-range option, and is quieter than a chain drive opener.
A chain drive is the most affordable type and also the most commonly used. The only drawback is it can be loud and requires regular maintenance.
Choosing the Right Garage Door Opener Security Features
There are tons of great security features in new garage door openers, including:
- Motion detectors that turn on lights when motion is detected.
- As of 1993, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made this feature mandatory for automatic garage door openers to include an auto-reverse feature. If the door detects something in it’s path, it will open back up instead of continuing to close.
- Rolling code technology: this changes the code every time on a remote which makes it very hard for thieves to crack it and open your door when you aren’t home.
- There are even new features out now that use finger print recognition software for openers!
Choosing the Right Garage Door Company
A garage door company is a great partner in choosing the right options listed above for your home, garage door, and budget.
Please contact Perfect Solutions Garage Doors in Houston, Texas for help with selecting the right automatic garage door opener. If you live in the Sugar Land, Pearland, The Woodlands, Missouri City, Richmond, Pasadena, Spring or Greater Houston area, give us a call!