Choosing the Best Garage Door Opener for Your Family’s Needs

5 Tips on How to Choose the Best Garage Door Opener

There are almost too many garage door openers on the market to count. You are supposed to figure out which one is the best one for your house just by reading the information about each one. It’s very frustrating for first-time homeowners who are also trying to figure out a good home maintenance schedule and everything else that goes along with homeownership.

Here are 5 tips to help you choose the best garage door opener for your home:

Drive Type

overhead door belt drive garage door opener odyssey-1000The first thing that you need to decide on is what drive option you want for your garage door opener. Each one has unique features and your choices include chain drive, screw drive, belt drive, and direct drive. The chain drive openers are the most popular ones on the market and they are the most durable, too. Screw drive and belt drive openers are quieter than chain drive openers, so if noise is a concern these might be a better option for you.

Motor Speed

The speed of the motor is another important factor and the speed you choose will depend on the size of your door. A 1/2 HP model is used for standard doors however it will not work as well with well insulated garage doors and wooden doors. Those two models would work better with a 3/4 HP model. Oversized and industrial sized doors will need a 1 HP model, because they are the most powerful.

Power Type

Deciding between an AC and DC motor might be challenging for you. DC motors are better for softer starts and stops. DC motors might be best if you want a slow start and stop for opening and closing the garage door.

Lighted or Windows

Some garage door models come with a light which can be helpful in garages with no other lighting available. We recommend installing ample light around the garage so the area is safer for when you’re leaving or coming home in the dark. Ambient light is always good around the garage.


Keyless Entrygarage door opener wireless keypad

There are a few garage door opener models available that will open with a keyless entry system instead of using the button on the remote. These systems are very handy if you’re tired of fumbling around for the remote while driving into the driveway.

Buy a Reliable Garage Door Opener

Your main goal is to purchase a garage door opener that will open and close the door for you without hesitation and without getting stuck in any position. You will want one that is reliable and easy for your entire family to use. Give us a call at 813-885-3667 if you’re in the market for a garage door opener that works for everyone in your household and we’ll help you the best garage door opener.

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