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Factors to Consider in Buying Garage Door Openers

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You have a wide range of options when it comes to garage door openers. With all the choices available, you need to be able to identify the particular specifications and features you want in order to make the right choice. Here are some factors that need to be considered before buying garage door opener here in the Dallas Texas area:

 

Drive Type

There are three types of drives used in garage doors—chain, belt, and screw.

  • Chain drives are the oldest design of drive used in garage door openers. They are popular and very affordable. However, they can be noisy.
  • Belt drives do not produce noise but they cost higher than the chain drive type.
  • Screw drives are affordable and don’t produce too much noise. They are also considered the easiest to install and maintain.

 

Power

The power of your garage door opener should match the requirement of you garage door. Typical two- car garage doors commonly require ½ horsepower garage door openers, while heavy types of doors require around ¾ horsepower to be opened and closed efficiently. If you are not sure what to use, it is best to go for garage door openers with higher horsepower, since the difference in price is usually not that significant.

 

Safety and Security Features

Safety and security features should be also considered as this can affect the convenience and safety of your garage doors. Common safety and security features of garage door openers include reversing mechanisms and rolling code features. Added security features in today’s garage door openers include keyless pads located just outside the garage door, wall mounted control pad, and remote controls. Other features like lighting, battery backup, and others can be found in some garage door opener models.

 

Cost and Warranty

Garage door opener warranties differ for every model. It may also differ on the manufacturer or distributor. Make sure that other components like the belts and chains are also covered by the warranty.

When it comes to the cost, ½ horsepower garage door openers are usually priced starting at $135 for chain-drive types, starting at $190 for screw-drive, and starting at $230 for belt-drives. The basic rule of thumb to get an idea of the cost for ¾ horsepower option is to just add $20 to $30 to the cost of every drive type. However, please remember this is just an approximation the actual cost can vary depending on the makes, models, and brands.

Once you have decided on the specifications you want in your garage door opener, make sure that you buy only from a reliable garage door company.

 

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