Garage Door Openers

  

Find the right type of garage door opener to ensure home safety and security

Garage Door Openers - Buying Guide

Whether you’re shopping for the latest smart garage door opener that plays nicely with other networked devices or a reliable, budget-friendly model with quick, dependable operation, there's an opener available that has the power, performance, and features needed for your home.

This garage door opener buying guide explains how the basic types of garage opener systems work, and highlights some of the smarter features and accessories you get with Wi-Fi enabled openers.

If you’re ready to purchase a new garage door opener, here are 4 important questions to consider:

1. How large is my door and how frequently do I use it? 1/2 horsepower openers work well with standard aluminum doors. If the garage is the main entrance to your home — or you have a one-piece door, or a heavy, oversized garage door, you’ll need a 3/4 to 1 ¼ horsepower opener. 

2. Is there a bedroom or living space near the garage? Belt and direct drive openers offer the quietest operation with minimal disturbance to adjacent rooms. 

3. Do you want to control and monitor the garage door remotely? Wi-Fi enabled openers let you see, open, or close the door from virtually anywhere with a phone or tablet. 

4. Will I need access to the garage if the power goes out? Openers with a battery backup let you open and close the garage even during a power outage.

  

Garage Opener Drive Systems 101

TYPE PERFORMANCE Column 3


Belt Drive

Belt Drive

  • Uses a steel reinforced rubber belt

  • Quick, quiet open and close operation 
  • Perfect for garages located near bedrooms  
  • Requires some maintenance


Chain Drive

Chain Drive

  • Uses a thick bicycle-like chain

  • Budget-friendly; quick, reliable operation 
  • Good choice for standard aluminum doors
  • Requires periodic maintenance


Screw Drive

Screw Drive

  • Uses a threaded rod lift mechanism

  • Powerful, reliable, quick operation 
  • Great option for wider, heavier doors 
  • Requires minimal maintenance


Direct Drive
  • Direct Drive
  • Uses stationary chain in a steel rail

  • One of the quietest models available 
  • Perfect for garages located near bedrooms 
  •  Requires minimal maintenance


Recommended Garage Opener Features

In addition to the standard features included with most openers, here's a short list of things you'll want no matter what type of garage opener you decide to buy:

  • Battery backup provides reserve power to operate the garage door during a power outage
  • Keyless entry keypad gives you access to the garage without using your remote or phone app
  • Rolling-code security technology prevents accidental openings by nearby remotes and makes it difficult for intruders to hack by generating a unique access code each time you use your remote
  • Safety sensors prevent the garage door from closing on people, pets or other objects


Smart Garage Opener Features and Accessories

Can’t remember if you closed the garage door? It happens. If you have a smart garage opener though, there’s an app for that, and you’ll never have to waste time worrying or backtracking. 

Wi-Fi enabled, smart garage door openers place added convenience and peace of mind in the palm of your hand, with a wide range of monitoring, control, and customization options, including:

  • Remote access and monitoring  See if the garage door is open or closed, close or open it from anywhere, get alerts, change setting and more with an app on your phone or tablet.
  • Smart Home Integration Link your garage system to your home’s smart hub and other Wi-Fi enabled devices on the network.
  • Modular smart accessories A Bluetooth speaker, adjustable fan, dual-laser parking-assist module, and carbon-monoxide sensor are great add-ons you can get with some advanced models.


Garage Door Opener Installation Tips


If you’ve got basic handyman skills, you can certainly install our own garage door opener. Before you take on this installation project, however, here are a couple of things you should know:

  • Having a helper on hand is recommended, and it’ll make the install go a lot quicker
  • Budget enough time to do the job for this project. It'll take about 3-4 hours to complete, especially if you’re also removing an old opener