Choosing the Perfect Opener for Your Door09/17/2016 Back To Blog
Trying to find out what is the best garage door opener to go with when you want a system installed, is a little bit like trying to find the perfect meal. While the product’s structural integrity, functionality and price are certainly things to consider, much of the decision also depends on personal choice, and what type of setup would best suite your needs. So when trying to figure out which brand of opener would be the best for you, it is best to consider a number of things first.
What makes a good opener
Garage door openers come in many shapes and sizes, each designed to deliver in a specific way, the convenience of an automated system. While some may be arguably less reliable or more-or-less cost effective when compared to others, the most popular of these products are all equally good at meeting specific needs. To whittle your choices down to the most reliable systems, you’ll want to ensure that you go with products from well-known brands like Craftman, Sears or Liftmaster. Beyond that, the opener you choose will definitely depend on a lot more than a reliable brand.
Consider your needs
When deciding on a system that is right for you, you should take careful stock of your needs, to determine what you require from your opener. Do you value economic usage which opts for sustainability and affordability over something with plenty of features and power needs. What sort of door are you aiming to operate? Do you need an overhead garage door opener? What receiver do you intend on using? There are plenty of ways to make your decision when asking these questions.
Think about the door?
The automatic garage door you install should be able to handle the dimensions and weight of your door. Larger, heavier doors require a significant amount of power to operate effectively. A motor that doesn’t have the required power will work under too much pressure, either damaging the opener itself overtime, or failing to work altogether. Lighter doors do not require overly-powerful motors, so for most residential setups, one would require lighter systems than those of industrial ones.
Your budget is important
The cost of your system is always a determining factor. But the cost of installation is not the only thing one should consider. When it comes to openers and automated systems, the short-term cost of having it fitted can sometimes dwarf the long term costs on maintenance, repairs, replacements and upgrades. These long term costs are unavoidable and shouldn’t be ignored. So if you are on a budget, it is wise to opt for a system that is relatively cheap to look after in the long run. Speak to your technician for more information on the long term needs and costs of maintaining the system you wish to have installed.