So you visit your local store and you find a lot of garage door openers there. But it just left confused. I'll make it easy here and provides the simplest way to find out which garage door opener is best for you.
There are five simple steps to assist you to get the right door opener and mounted on your location.
Step One, Measure the height of your door:
Step Two, select HP (horsepower):
Step Three; select the type of garage door openers:
Step Four, select the type of remote you will need:
Most garage door openings are about 7 feet tall. If the opening is 8 feet, 9 feet or 10 feet you will have to buy an extension next to the garage door opener itself.
There are two ratings of horsepower for most garage door openers. 1/2 HP and 3/4 HP.
If you have aluminum, insulated aluminum, or fiberglass doors 1/2 HP plenty strong to open the second single car (7-9 feet wide) or double car (16 feet wide) door.
There are three basic types of garage door openers. Belt drive, chain drive, and screw drive.
The chain drive garage door opener is what you are used to. They are reliable, noisy and usually lasts long time. They come in various sizes. The belt drive is usually a bit faster than opening a chain drive.
The screw drive unit features the fewest number of moving parts. They are powerful and quieter than the chain drive.