When it is time to choose a garage door opener, there are several options to consider. You’ll need to think about the:
- Type of drive you want,
- Horsepower you need to raise and lower the door,
- Climate you live in,
- Location of the garage in your house,
- Budget you have available, etc.
The type of drive you want affects the price, the speed, and the noise level, of the opener. Depending on the type of door you have, some drive options may not be available.
For instance, the screw driven models are supposed to be relatively low maintenance because they have fewer moving parts, but if you live in an area where there are major temperature swings between summer and winter, you may experience trouble with that drive type.
At the same time, if you have a bedroom above your garage, you may want to avoid the chain driven model, because the sound of metal on metal contact every time the door opens or closes may be too loud and bothersome.
However, if budget is a concern, you will want to stay away from the direct driven models, because though efficient and quiet, they are much more expensive than their belt and chain driven counterparts. The price difference between a chain driven and a belt driven system is usually no more than $60.
Also, consider the warranty and features of the garage door opener, as this can help you choose between brands within your budget and chosen drive.