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    opener installation

    There have been many updates and added features to garage door openers in the last few years. If your garage door opener is even 5 years old, you might be missing out on some great new security and tech features you might enjoy.

    Despite the cool features, there are some basic things everyone should know about a garage door opener before choosing the right fit for their garage door. Below are some factors to know about and consider.

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Horsepower

    There are 3 kinds of horsepower options for a garage door opener: 1/3, 1/2, and 1.

    A professional installer will know best what opener matches your door best.

    1/3 HP openers are the best choice for light garage doors.

    1/2 HP is perfect for heavier doors like wood and steel, or for a double garage door. These types of doors need at least 1/2 HP, if not 1 HP.

    If you are in between 1/3 or 1/2 or 1/2 and 1 HP, going to a higher HP is always the better option. If the price difference isn’t that great, it makes even more sense to go with a bigger HP. The price is usually not a big gap, so having more power never hurts.

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Mechanisms

    Again, there are 3 types of mechanisms you can choose with a new opener: screw drive, belt drive and chain drive.

    Screw drive openers is the middle of the road option, quieter than a chain drive but not as quiet as a belt.

    Belt drive openers are the most expensive, but require little to no maintenance, so some feel its worth the extra cost.

    Chain drive openers are the cheapest and most commonly used. The only negatives is the noise and the regular maintenance needed.

     

     

    Choosing Garage Door Opener Security Options

    There are some great new security features that come standard on many new garage door openers. These include:

    Motion detector lights. 

    Your garage door opener light will turn on if motion is detected. This is great for security and can deter intruders similar to motion detection lights around your property.

    Auto Reverse Feature 

    If your opener was made before 1993, this feature does not exist. This feature basically means that if an object is detected in the garage door path, it will immediately reverse the garage door from closing to open. This is essential for safety for children, pets and belongings.

    Rolling Code Tech 

    This is an awesome way to deter would be intruders from gaining access to your garage door. The code changes on the remote every time you open or close your door. This makes it difficult for thieves to crack your code and clone your garage door opener remote to use when you aren’t home.

    Fancy Features

    There are even features these days that use a fingerprint to open your garage door! Or openers that allow you to control the door from a smartphone or tablet app. You’d be surprised at how inexpensive these features are in a new garage door opener.

     

    Choosing a great opener that is the right size and horsepower for your specific door, and meets your needs and your budget can be tricky. A professional and highly rated garage door company can ensure you make the right choice, and install the opener for you correctly! Give M&L Garage Door Repair a call today if you’re in the Sugar Land, Texas area!

     

    Our latest job was a big switcheroo with some garage door openers.

    Our customer, Steve, has a 3 car garage, so one two car garage door and one one car garage door. The opener that was installed on Steve’s 2 car garage door was a 1/3 HP. This is too small for this size door, and would be better for his one car garage door. So, that’s what we did!

     

    Now that his one car garage door has a perfect opener, we needed to give Steve an opener that is the right size and power for his two car garage door. Steve ended up choosing a new LiftMaster 1/2 HP chain drive opener.

    It’s very important that you have the right opener for your garage door.

    There are 3 kinds of openers:

    1. Chain drive opener: This is the most common opener and uses a chain to pull or push the trolley on your garage door when opening or closing. Chain drive openers are the most affordable, but also the noisiest on the market.
    2. Belt drive opener: Belt openers use a belt, instead of a chain, to open or close your garage door. They are more expensive than chain drive, but much quieter.
    3. Screw drive opener: These are noisier than a belt drive, but less than a chain drive. They use a threaded steel rod to move the trolley. Because there are less parts on a screw drive opener as compared to chain or belt. They also require less maintenance overall, which can cut down on costs over the lifetime of the opener as compared to the other opener types.

    Openers also come with different horsepower speeds, and a professional garage door company can safely choose opener options that meet the needs of your garage door. The opener needed must be a good match for the weight and size of your garage door. In Steve’s case, 1/3 wasn’t enough for his larger two car garage door, but a great match for his one car garage door.

    Our latest project was a doozy! Our client wanted to finally use his garage and be able to access it easily. His old doors did not operate at all, and the doors were wood, and rotted. The job included removing the old rotted doors, reframing the opening, and then installing a new door and opener.

    These are the doors before we got started. It looks PRETTY rough!

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    Once we removed the old rotting doors, we framed openings for a walk through door, and a new garage door. This not only gave our client access through the garage to park a car and have one side open for working, but also a regular door to access the garage as well.

    Below you can see the doors mid-framing.

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    And now we have the walk through door installed.

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    Next step was installing the new garage doors. We also insulated the door, to ensure a comfortable place in extreme temps.

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    Once everything was in place, our last job was to install a new opener to get this door opening and closing easily! We went with the LiftMaster 8550W opener and it works great! The door comes with some great features, including WiFi so you can control the doors with your smartphone or tablet, and top of the line security features.

    This door went from old and rotting away, to new and high tech!