Garage Door Openers

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

Garage Door Openers - Buying Guide

Having a good garage door opener can save you from getting drenched during a storm, and protect your home from intruders. With the touch of a button, you can access your garage during the harshest weather. A technologically advanced opening system can make it very difficult for anyone to hack or break into your home.

This buying guide highlights the technological platforms of garage door openers, along with the different types, controls and features.

Opener Types

There are three primary types of garage door openers, each with unique benefits.

Belt Drive

  • Quietest operation
  • Reduce vibration
  • Require larger up-front investment
  • Fewer moving parts

Chain Drive

  • Most economical
  • Dependable operation
  • Operation may be somewhat noisy

Screw Drive

  • Low maintenance
  • Fairly quiet operation
  • Plastic-lined tracks reduce noise
  • Fewer moving parts

Remote Controls and Keypads

Remote access is the main benefit of garage door openers, and keypads offer additional security.

  • Most remotes offer a one-touch button that triggers opening the garage door with the touch of a finger.
  • Installing a wireless keypad is another feature to consider in case the remote battery runs out of power or you are outside the car and need to gain access, or are ever locked out of the house.
  • Multiple-button remotes are great for garages with more than one door.
  • Some remotes feature LED lights that alert you to malfunctions for easier maintenance.


Garage door openers can be vulnerable to key fob hacks and door release handle destruction.

  • Purchase a garage door opener that features rolling-code technology whereby the codes expire after only a few seconds so the codes cannot be used by thieves looking to hack your key fob. Also, only press the key fob once, to eliminate transmitting multiple codes.
  • The garage door release handle can be compromised with a coat hanger in as little as 30 seconds. To alleviate this potential entry point by thieves, tie a zip-tie around the door release handle as it is strong enough to prohibit the door release from being pulled down, and thus, the door opening.
  • Choose a garage door with sensors that can detect when an object is in the path of the door and stop the door when attempting to close.


Manual emergency releases are essential during power outages as you can manually open the garage door by pulling the cord that detaches from the opener. 

Lights are important for safety at night, so look for openers that feature lights that turn on whenever the opener is activated. 

Motors that feature DC current rather than AC current tend to operate more quietly.

Force guard control enhances safety by allowing you to select the minimum amount of force needed to fully open or close the door.

Vacation settings enable you to disable the opener while you are away to prevent it from responding to any transmitter.

Battery backups enable reserved battery power to activate should the primary battery fail.