Buying Guide

Garage Door Openers

Garage Opener Drive Systems 101
Belt Drive - Garage Door Openers
Chain Drive - Garage Door Openers
Screw Drive - Garage Door Openers
Direct Drive - Garage Door Openers
Description Uses a steel reinforced rubber belt Uses a thick bicycle-like chain Uses a threaded rod lift mechanism Uses stationary chain in a steel rail
Feature/Benefits Quick, quiet open and close operation Perfect for garages located near bedrooms Requires some maintenance Budget-friendly; quick, reliable operation Good choice for standard aluminum doors Requires periodic maintenance Powerful, reliable, quick operation Great option for wider, heavier doors Requires minimal maintenance 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


If you’d like us to take on all the heavy lifting and install it for you, our experienced, licensed and insured installers are ready to help with garage door opener installation, garage door opener repair, as well as new garage door installation or garage door repair.