How to choose the best garage door opener

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Know what to look for to help you choose the best garage door opener

Following on from our 10 Benefits of an automatic garage door opener article, we thought we’d help you choose the best garage door opener.

If you’re looking for a garage door opener, then maybe you know exactly what model you need, and who will install it for you. Alternatively, perhaps you are just fed up of getting out of your car to open or close your garage in the rain, and want a better solution.

Here’s what you need to think about when looking for the best garage door opener.

1. Why?

Knowing why you want one will help you to buy the best garage door opener. Maybe you’re simply replacing a broken opener, want a better one, or have never had one before.

2. Budget

Whilst you might have a budget in mind, you’ll want to make sure that you don’t just buy on price alone.

You’ll want to get the best garage door opener you can afford with the power and features you need to make your life easier and to protect your family, home and possessions.

3. Requirements

If you’re replacing an existing opener which has broken, or you know you need more power or additional functional, then you’ll already have some idea of the brands, models and features to look for.

If you don’t know anything about garage door openers, then do plenty of research before rushing out and buying one. Remember to ask neighbors, friends and family what they use, and what they like and dislike about theirs.

This will give you more to think about, and could prevent an expensive mistake.

4. Type

There are different types of garage door opener each with its own pros and cons.

Belt drive or chain drive are the most common types. Chain drive is usually cheaper but can be noisier than belt drive.

Jackshaft drive is becoming more popular, thanks to its wall-mounted space saving design, and quiet operation.

5. Power

You’ll need to think about how powerful your automatic garage door opener needs to be. It needs to be capable of opening your garage door, and you’ll need more power for bigger and heavier doors.

If you have a small garage then a low power opener will be perfect, however, if you have a large garage with space for several cars, and a single wooden garage door, then you’ll need an automatic garage door opener with more power.

6. Security

Garage door security is likely to be an issue for you too, so make sure that your garage door opener keeps your garage safe and secure.

From automatic closing to the ability to disable remote controls for when you’re on vacation, there are a number of features available that will help keep you garage door closed and your possessions inside.

7. Features

As well as opening and closing your garage door, openers often have with additional features available designed to make your life easier.

These can include lights to illuminate your garage when you get out of your car, wi-fi connectivity and an app so that you can check your garage door is closed on your smartphone from anywhere in the world , and battery back-up so you can still get in and out of your garage in the event of a power cut.

8. Brand and model

When you’ve got some ideas of what you need, you’ll want to think about the different brands and models.

We’d recommend that you look at the more established brands, with good reviews and long warranties. We’ve found that Liftmaster garage door openers meet the needs of many of our customers.

9. Accessories

Many automatic garage door openers have additional accessories available.

These can include extra remote controls, ideal if you have more than one car; extra control panels, and the ability to monitor your garage door via your cellphone.

It’s a good idea to determine what accessories you’re likely to need in advance, so ask friends, family and your installer what they recommend. This will ensure that you get everything at the same time, and know that it all works properly together.

It might only take an additional remote control or another control can to give you the best automatic garage door opener for your needs.

10. Installation

When you’ve decided what you’re going to buy, you’ll need to decide whether to fit it yourself, or get installed by professional experts.

Whilst you may save some money by doing it yourself, you probably don’t have the skills and experience of a professional garage door fitter, and so even the best automatic garage door opener may not work as effectively or efficiency as it should do.


Remember, the best garage door opener is the one that meets all of your requirements. Getting an automatic garage door opener fitted will help save you time, help secure your home, and help make life easier for you. What’s stopping you?

If you want more help and advice about choosing an automatic garage door opener, why not Contact Us at now at 651-702-1420 and tell us how we can help you?

10 Benefits of an Automatic Garage Door Opener

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An Automatic Garage Door Opener is invaluable for many people

If you’re thinking about an automatic garage door opener, then maybe you already know a bit about them, or perhaps you know nothing, and think it’s just a luxury.

Here are just some of the benefits of an automatic garage door opener

1. Convenience

One of the main benefits of an automatic garage door opener is convenience. You can stay in your car until you’re in (or out of) your garage, so you don’t have to get out of your car to open or close your garage.

You won’t need to leave your children or dog in the car, or go outside in bad weather just to open or close your garage door.

2. Lighting

Modern automatic garage door openers are available with built in lights to will illuminate your garage or the path to your garage. This tye of lighting can be invaluable at night, in the winter or in bad weather.

3. Security

Garage security is of paramount importance, and so you’ll want to make sure that your automatic garage door opener helps to keep your family, home, and possessions safe.

Look for openers with rolling codes, which change each time the remote button is pressed, and mean only you can get access to your garage.

Another feature you may want is Vacation mode, which disables the remote controls. This means that your garage door can only be opened from the inside. Opportunistic thieves or burglars won’t be able to access your garage or your home even with a remote control code scanner.

4. Safety

You won’t need to worry about the garage door crashing down on something or somebody in the way, or fingers getting caught anywhere.

For those with a medical condition such as arthritis, or young children, one of these could be essential.

5. Automatic closing

Automatic closing means that you won’t need to get out of your car to close the door, or remember to press the button on your remote; your garage door opener can close itself too.

This is ideal if you have children, often forget to close your garage door, or get to work and worry that you may not have closed your garage.

6. Low energy use

Although automatic garage door openers can be highly advanced and technical, they do not need a lot of power to work. This makes them highly cost effective to run, and less damaging to the environment.

If you or a family member suffers from a medical condition or simply hasn’t got the strength to open or close a big heavy garage door, an automatic garage door opener will be worthwhile.

7. Technology

Modern garage door openers are available with various features and facilities to provide you with more convenience. Some other other benefits of an automatic garage door opener include the ability to be controlled by smart phone apps. These enable you to ensure your door is closed, wherever you are, or to sound an alarm to let you know your door is open.

8. Maintenance

One the benefits of an automatic garage door opener is that it doesn’t require much maintenance, but you’ll want to keep yours in accordance to the manufacturer’s recommendations, so that it always works when you need it to.

9. Cost

Despite their convenience and features, automatic garage doors are relatively inexpensive to buy and fit.

When you think about what they offer, and what they mean to a family with a couple of cars, kids who keep their bikes in the garage and who are concerned about security, they are an absolute bargain.

10. Peace of mind

Whether you simply want to know that your garage door is closed, have a medical condition and can’t open your door yourself, or simply want to save a few minutes every day, an automatic garage door open makes a lot of sense to many people.

What seems like an unnecessary luxury becomes invaluable if you use your garage a lot.


If we’ve convinced you of the benefits of an automatic garage door opener is a good idea, why not Contact Us at 651-702-1420 now? Tell us what you need, and we will install it for you.