When it comes to any good garage door system, a vital component to consider is the garage door opener, also called a door operator. This item is in charge of triggering opening and closing, and modern technology has brought about several convenience options that make it more valuable than ever.
At Overhead Door Company, we’re proud to offer a wide range of commercial and residential garage door operators for any garage door type you’re looking at. In today’s blog, let’s go over a few of the common options and add-ons available for garage door openers, plus which you might consider based on your needs.
Chain Drive Vs. Belt Drive
Firstly, you’ll have a choice in most cases between a chain drive and a belt drive for your operator. Here are some basics on each:
- Chain drive: The most common and classic door opener style is the chain drive, which as the name suggests features actual chains to help connect components and run the door. Chain drives are the more affordable option, though they are also a bit louder than belt drives.
- Belt drives: Instead of a chain, belt drives use a rubber belt for connections and opening or closing. They come with less sound and lower maintenance needs, but this tends to make them a bit more expensive up front. However, they also usually come with longer manufacturer warranties.
Wall Button Options
In many cases, home or business owners will want an outdoor keypad that allows them to enter the garage by pushing in a code using the buttons on the pad. This connects to a wall button system, which locks outside radio signals so no one can steal your password.
In addition, wall buttons are available with a timer and a motion sensor. This allows you to set your garage door to open and close itself automatically, with no need for a remote opener.
If you live in an area that regularly loses power, or even if you just want to take basic precautions, consider an opener with a battery backup system. This will allow you to open and close the garage door even if your power is out.
For those who want a daylight-like feel in their garage, even during the evenings, consider LED lighting options that come with your opener.
Finally, did you realize that many modern garage door openers can be connected to using Wi-Fi connections? This allows you to control door opening and closing from your smartphone, meaning even if you forgot to close it one morning, you can do so from miles away without having to drive yourself back home.
For more on choosing the right garage door opener, or to learn about any of our garage door repair or other services, speak to the staff at Overhead Door Company today.