Choosing the right Garage Door Opener
Here's a few good tips from The Hog on choosing the right garage door opener for you. There are three areas of concern for most in considering a new opener.
1. Cost : Hey, we all want to save money.
2. Sound : How loud is this thing going to be?
3. Horsepower : What exactly is right for me?
Chain-Drive Openers are the most common and economical, but they become quite noisy. If you have an attached garage or noise isn't an issue for you, a chain-drive is what you need. No need to go any further. These openers can be used on most any door, but you need to consider the heavier the door the more horsepower you need.
Screw-Drive Openers are less noisy than Chain-Drive Openers. They have fewer moving parts but do require that the gears be greased every few months. This is a great, quieter, reliable option if you have a standard steel or single door. Heavy doors tend to strip out the teeth of the workings of the drive.
Belt-Drive Openers are the quietest of the three. If your door is the culprit of your noise, this opener will do you no good. You will also need to consider if the opener is AC or DC as well. AC belt-drive openers start and stop at full power giving a jerking motion. If mum's the word for you, consider the DC version.
Now, let's consider horsepower. 1/2 horsepower models are the most common and are used for most standard garage doors. However, if you have an insulated or a one-piece wooden door, you will need to go to the next size. 3/4 horsepower offers the extra capacity to lift those one-piece wooden, heavy insulated, and wind-load rated doors. The added horsepower also adds durability, which increases the life of the motors. There