The first thing I look for in a garage door opener is how loud or quite it is. I like things that are quite. Some people wouldn’t think twice or care about that, I am just offering my thoughts.
Check the horse power of the motor. At minimum, a ½ horse power motor will work fine for most single and double doors. If your door is exceptionally heavy because of insulation or built out of heavier materials, it may require a ¾ horse power motor or higher.
Brand can be important. As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for.”
The top three I would recommend are:
The Chamberlain B1381 (less than $250) comes with everything you need in a garage door opener. It is equipped with a super-quiet, and strong, It has a steel-reinforced belt drive; a 1.25-horsepower motor that can handle the heaviest of doors. Built-in Wi-Fi and MyQ connectivity is an added bonus.
The Craftsman 54985 (under $300) is more cost effective option that can work with doors up to seven feet high. It is programmable and comes with a wireless keypad, two remote controls and a wall-mountable controller.
Simple but effective, the Chamberlain B970 (under $230) The integrated MyQ app provides status alerts, along with the ability to open or close your garage door from anywhere using a smartphone. Built-in battery backup allows it to function at any given time.
Safety pull Automatic Reverse Sensor
One of the most overlooked aspects of any garage is the garage door opener that is used. There are so many options available now in terms of garage door openers from chain-driven models to belt-driven and even some openers that can be activated through a smartphone app.
Let’s take a look at the different types of garage door openers that are available to consumers on the market today and what you should be looking for when buying a new garage door opener.
Garage door opener safety tips
I recommend purchasing a garage door opener that comes with a set of lasers that are mounted on either side of your garage door opening, especially if you have young children around. When an object breaks the alignment of the laser “eyes”, the garage door will stop, and retract back up.
Can I DIY?
Level of difficulty for installation for DIY is about 6 hours, professionals can do the job in about 4 hours. I always consider what my time is worth versus paying someone. If you make more an hour than the person doing it, then let them do it. Average cost for professional installation is around $500. The contractor typically marks materials up 25%, will add the labor and mark that total up somewhere around 20% for profit. Garage door and opener will run about $1,250 plus 25% is $1,562.50, plus $500 in labor $2,062.50 multiplied by 20% is $2,475. DIY would cost $1,250 plus whatever your time is worth.
3 Types of Drive Systems for Garage Door Openers
There are essentially three different types of drive systems on the market today for garage doors.
Chain Driven Garage Door Openers
- Smooth operation
- May lift the door a little slower
- Need to be periodically lubricated
Belt Driven Garage Opener Systems
- Noise level is much quieter than a chain-driven garage door openers.
- Belt driven garage door openers are just as strong a chain drive garage door opener, easy to install and maintain.
- They do not need to be lubricated
- Not as strong as chain drive
- Doesn’t work well in extreme humidity or hot conditions
Screw Drive Garage Door Openers
- Lasts a long time
- No adjustment necessary
- More Costly than belt or chain-driven garage door openers
As always, thanks for stopping by and I hope this information was helpful. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions.