Premium Residential Garage Door Openers01/21/2017 Back To Blog
Why install a premium garage door opener? Chain-drive and screw-drive are the most common types of openers available in today's market because they have been around the longest. However, there are some new types of openers, with new features and capabilities that are worth considering if you are installing a new system or replacing an existing system. The newer types of openers may be a bit more expensive than traditional types, but you may find that extra cost worth it for the new capabilities.
New Mounting Options
Traditional opener systems mount on the garage ceiling above the door. This mounting location works well, but sometimes you may not have enough space above the door for an opener system, or you may want to utilize that space for storage. Another consideration is that if you have living space above the garage, the noise and vibration of an opener mounted on the garage ceiling will be transmitted to the living space above.
With a direct-drive system, the motor is mounted on a track rather than on the garage ceiling. The motor runs up and down a fixed chain inside the track to open and close the door. This type of opener has only one moving part and so may be the quietest of all types of openers.
Jackshaft systems can be installed in locations with minimal garage ceiling space. This type of system is installed on the wall next to the garage door rather than on the ceiling. The motor turns the door torsion bar to move the door. This is a great option to keep the space above the garage door free for storage, or for garages with very low or very high ceilings. Since the opener is not mounted on the ceiling, there is no noise or vibration from the opener transmitted to the living space above the garage.
Newer premium garage door opener come with new features. Some have motion detectors that automatically turn on the light when you enter the garage – no more stumbling around in the dark! Some have connectivity to Wi-Fi and can be integrated with Smart Home automation, so that you can operate and monitor you door from anywhere inside your home. Some can even be monitored and operated from a smart phone app, so that you can check the status of the door or open it from anywhere! Some can be programmed so that they can only be operated at certain times. These new features can add convenience and security. Check out the new features and determine whether they are useful for your home.
Help With Installation or Maintenance
A reputable garage door service and repair company has experienced professionals that can help with the installation or maintenance of your garage door opener.