Buying a New Garage Door Opener? Read This First!

If the time has come to replace your garage door opener, either as part of a system upgrade or because the old one has outlived its useful life, you are likely in unfamiliar territory. In this article, we’ll help you narrow down your options, ensuring you’re able to choose the perfect garage door opener for your home.

Garage Door Opener Drive Units

The first choice to make is the way your opener will be operated: either by chain, belt or screw drive.

Chain drive openers are the most common and least expensive units available. As their name implies, these openers rely on a bicycle-like chain to push the trolley connected to the J-arm, which is attached to the garage itself. One caveat is noise. For that reason, chain drive units are typically best suited for detached garages.

Belt drive openers are a good choice if your living quarters are directly above or adjacent the garage. Belt drive units use the same mechanisms as chain drive openers, with the exception that instead of a chain, they use a steel-reinforced rubber belt. These openers are almost silent by comparison with other types of openers.

Screw drive openers are an excellent alternative to chain drive units because they’re durable and low-maintenance. The downside is that screw drive openers are somewhat sensitive to temperature. Noise wise, screw drive units tend to be nosier than belt drive openers, but quieter than chain drive units.

Garage Door Opener Features and Accessories

The second choice is to decide which features and accessories you’d like your opener to have.

Horsepower: The higher the horsepower, the more weight the opener can handle, with the least amount of strain. Today’s standards are ¼, ½, ¾, 1 and 1 ¼. Some newer models offer 2. You will need to know the weight of your door to determine the minimum horsepower needed.

Battery Backup: Do you need a battery backup? Depends. A battery backup provides 24-hours of reverse power to operate the garage door up to 20 full cycles during a power outage. If you’re in a region that experiences severe weather, such as monsoons or thunderstorm, you’ll likely benefit from a battery backup.

Internet Connectivity: A relatively new feature is the addition of home automation capabilities to garage door openers courtesy of a Wi-Fi connection. Smart openers allow you to operate and monitor your door remotely via a smartphone app. Some models can also integrate with other smart devices for total home automation.

Keyless Entry Keypad: This convenient and time-saving technology makes it very popular with today’s homeowners. Keyless entry allows you and other family members to open the garage door without a remote or key in hand. You can also set temporary codes for guests or service workers and use one button to close the door when you head out to walk the dogs.

Wall Mount: If the height of your garage doesn’t permit standard, ceiling mount openers, a wall mount opener (also known as a jackshaft operator) may be an excellent choice. A powerful, 24V DC motor delivers relatively no noise.

Rolling Code Technology: In addition to the above, all garage door openers should feature rolling code technology, which selects a new, non-repeating access code from approximately one million possible code options each time you press the button on your opener remote.

Installing Your New Garage Door Opener

If you’d like your garage door opener professionally installed, our experienced, licensed and insured technicians are ready to help. In addition to garage door opener installation, we can with garage door opener repair, new garage door installation, and garage door repair. Contact us today at (918) 938-1338 or visit us at for a free quote.


A World of Garage Door Options

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How many of you would agree that the garage door is one of the last things we think about when we think about tackling home improvement projects? If it’s not broken, why fix it, right? This oversight is bit unfair though – especially when the market contains a world of garage door options that are sure to increase your home’s curb appeal. And as a result its value.

In fact, with modest costs and solid returns on investment, a new garage door should be the first home improvement project you consider! According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value report from Remodeling Magazine, the national median cost of a garage door replacement project is $1,652, and recovers 91.5% of your investment should you decide to sell your house. This is one of the highest percentage returns in the report.

Common Garage Door Materials

Wood: Wood offers unparalleled natural beauty and sophistication. It can be customized according to your size and aesthetic requirements, and stands up well against normal wear and tear. The downside; however, is that they are more prone to chipping, fading, and warping than many of the other options available. This simply means that they require regular upkeep. A good alternative to real wood is composite.

Steel: Steel is a better choice than wood simply because it doesn’t require a lot of upkeep. Steel is also much more energy efficient than wood. It can easily be insulated for even greater energy efficiency. The downside to steel garage doors; however, is that they can rust depending on the environment. Scratches should be touched-up immediately to avoid rusting. They are also more prone to denting.

Aluminum: Aluminum is both lightweight and rust-resistant which makes it a good choice for humid environments. Because of its lightweight, aluminum is a good choice for extra-wide openings, because it won’t put too much strain on the garage door opener. They downside to aluminum; however, is that it can be a bit more expensive than many of the other options available.

Garage Door Types

Sectional: Sectional garage doors are the most popular type available. They roll up and down with the help of a garage door opener – and countless other components. Before purchasing a sectional door, make sure to accurately measure the space between the top of the door’s opening, and the ceiling or overhead framing to ensure proper fit.

Swing-out: Swing-out garage doors, while traditionally less common, are gaining popularity in areas consisting of more modern and contemporary homes. They are also a good choice if you need to keep the ceiling clear or if you want a distinctive look. Another option is sliding barn doors.

Common Garage Door Openers

Chain-drive: Chain-drive openers are the oldest type of openers available, which continue to be a popular choice among homeowners, thanks in large part to their perceived value. These openers use a metal chain, must like a bike chain, to lift the door up and down along its tracks. The downside to these openers is that they tend to be quite noisy.

Belt-drive: Belt-drive openers, while appearing almost identical to chain-drive openers, operate with a rubber belt rather than a metal chain. This rubber belt is said to be as strong as a steel-belted tire. They can lift the heaviest doors with the utmost ease. Belt-drive openers also offer very quiet operation – making it a good choice for homeowners with rooms directly above or adjacent to the garage.

Screw-drive: Midway in cost and noisiness are screw-drive openers (also commonly referred to as operators). A screw-drive opener uses a lifting mechanism that moves along a threaded steel rod. There are very few moving parts on these openers, which lends to their minimal maintenance requirement. These are the most expensive types of openers available.