Garage door openers
The basics on garage door opener types
and how the different types work with your
garage door type.
The garage door opener is truly one of
man kinds greatest inventions - well maybe not that great, but
for day to day convenience they're hard to beat. Remember how
common it was for people to use their garage for storing cars
instead of household clutter. It wasn't all that long ago you
would pull up in the driveway, get out, open the garage door,
drive in, and then going back to close the door again.
Not anymore - the modern day garage door opener can be
purchased for as little a little over $100. But convenience is
only the beginning. Added security is another benefit since a
burglar can't simply jimmy the locking system of a garage door
when an opener is installed.
These machine have come a long way over the years too.
Integral safety features are required by law for all opening
unites sold. Too many tragic accidents involving small children
or the elderly have lead to these safety refinements. No safety
features should ever be deliberately circumvented. It could
result in serious liability issues if there ever were an
accident involving your mechanized garage door if any of the
responsible safety features have been tampered with.
Other safety and security refinements include vacation
lockout - a switch setting prevents the radio unit from being
able to activate the door opener. Your door cannot be open
remotely while you're away with this feature activated. Ask
yourself this - what happens when you're away for even a day or
two and your car sitting in the driveway is broken into. All a
thief needs is that remote clamped to the visor, and he's got
access to your entire home. Use your vacation lockout even if
away for only a short time.
Brand names to look for
Common household brand names include manufacturers like
Clopay, Chamberlain, Genie, Sears, Stanly and Wayne Dalton.
Chamberlain manufactures garage door openers for many other
brand names like Craftsman, and LiftMaster. Genie makes
available a wide array of door opener units and replacement
parts and accessories.
Garage door openers are compatible with both lift-up and
roll-up style garage doors. But there's also different drive
types available for your preference. The most common types of
unit is the chain drive type. A metal chain, similar to a
bicycle chain (only much longer) is used to move a carriage
forward to the closed position, or back to the open
Similar in operation, screw drive systems use a rotating
threaded rod to motivate a carriage forward and backwards,
closed to open. This type of unit makes less noise, which might
not be important, but it's also less subject to derailing,
which can happen with chain drive units after the chain
stretches over the years.
Installation of a residential garage door opener can be done
by anyone with tool aptitude. Following the provided
instructions will insure an install that is safe and accessible
by all adults, while avoiding mishaps. For example, bumping
ones head against a drive unit that hangs down too low would be
an annoyance. Or a wall mount opener button within a child's
reach could spell a disaster for any number of obvious
There's a lot of things to like about residential garage
door openers, and we've only touched the surface so far. Much
more detailed information lies ahead.