Choices Abound in the World of Garage Doors
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Choices Abound in the World of Garage Doors

At its core, a garage door is a functional element of your home. It turns your garage into a sealed indoor space, and it keeps intruders from simply wandering in. But most homeowners want a little more from their garage door than that. They want a door that is easy to operate, and one that actually looks nice. Thankfully, there are many, many options in the garage door world. You can choose your material from options like aluminum, wood, and steel. You can choose a classic opener or a smart opener — and the list goes on. Read a few of the articles on this website to get a better idea of what your options are and what you really need in a garage door. This site is dedicated to garage doors and readers like you.


Choices Abound in the World of Garage Doors

Things To Consider When Installing A Garage Door Opener In Your Garage

Ruben Pena

When you are considering a new garage door opener for your garage doors, there are some things you need to consider. Not every door opener is the same, and selecting the right opener for your door is critical and can play a significant role in how the door works once it is installed.

Headroom Above the Door

Before you start looking at garage door openers for your garage, take a look at the space or headroom over the door when it is open. There needs to be enough space above the door for the track and mechanism to travel, or the opener will not fit. 

Measure the space above the door and take that information with you when you are looking for garage door openers. Talk to the associate at the store about what you need, and they can often point you in the right direction. 

Weight of the Door

The garage door openers you are considering must be strong enough to open your garage door. If you have overly large doors or wooden doors, the opener will need to have an oversized motor, or you may need to consider commercially rate garage door openers for your doors. 

These garage door openers are often available through a garage door company, but you may also find them at a local home center that deals with commercial goods. Some home centers can order the heavy-duty garage door openers for you, so check with them about what information they need to get the right door opener for your situation.

Professional Installation

If you are not sure what to buy or where to start when considering garage door openers for your home, you may want to hire a professional from a door company to inspect your door and determine which openers will work best for you. 

Most garage door companies will install garage door openers for you, even if they didn't put the door in. The company may need to make adjustments to the door before installing the door opener, but only if the door is not operating correctly, or if the opener would cause something to bind as a result of the original door installation. 

The door company that did the original door installation may have already allowed for a door opener to be added later, making it much easier to add the opener to the existing door. The door company will often try and upsell the job with an opener, but if the customer does not buy it, they want to make it easy to come and add it in a few months if the customer changes their mind.