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What to Consider When Choosing a Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers in Calgary are often taken for granted. Homeowners don't usually give them much thought until the day something goes wrong! That's why, if you're in the market for a new garage door opener, it's important to find one that's reliable and suitable for your needs.

The Calgary garage door experts at General Door Services are here to let you know what sorts of garage door openers are available and which ones might be best for you.

Types of Garage Door Openers

There are three main types of garage door openers available in Calgary when differentiating by drive type, which is the mechanism that opens and closes the door.

The most common type of garage door opener is a chain drive. Chain drives tend to be the least expensive, but, as a trade off, they are also the noisiest and often require the most maintenance. Nevertheless, chain drives are capable of lifting a variety of differently sized Calgary garage doors.

Belt drives are the quietest drive system, but are also slightly more expensive. Belt drive systems are durable, require almost no maintenance, and are a preferred choice when a home's living space is directly above the garage.

Side Mount operators have become very popular. They mount on the wall instead of the ceiling and work great in garages that have limited back room or for high lift track applications. These machines are also very useful in garages that have vehicle stackers installed.

Built In Safety Features

When looking for new garage door openers in Calgary, it is crucial to choose one that comes equipped with strong safety features, especially if you have small children and pets. All modern garage door openers are equipped with two types of safety features. The first line of defense is the infrared Photo Eye system. This device shines a beam of light across the door opening. If any person, pet, or vehicle breaks this beam while the door is closing it will stop and return to the open position to avoid a collision. The second device is a contact type safety device. If while closing, the garage doors comes into contact with any obstruction it will immediately stop and return to the open position.

Motor Strength

Finally, you should ask yourself how strong you need your garage door opener to be. Garage door openers in Calgary generally range from 1/2 horsepower to one horsepower. Most standard doors require only 1/2 horsepower, but you'll need to consider a 3/4 or a one horsepower motor if your door is oversized or made of heavy materials.

Garage Door Openers in Calgary for All Your Needs

At General Door Services we are proud to provide garage doors and garage door openers in Calgary. Our skilled and highly trained garage door experts can also be counted on for quick and affordable repair and maintenance services to help keep your garage door opener running in top shape.

If you're looking for a quality and durable new garage door opener, then simply get in touch with General Door Services today.

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Choosing a garage door opener felt overwhelming until I came across this guide. The Locksmith Gastonia NC company did an excellent job of explaining the importance of durability and maintenance requirements for each type of opener.


Contact a garage door repair specialist or a locksmith as they know which opener is suitable for the particular garage door.


I know a garage door repair company that offers the best services in our area but last week i called a locksmith to help me with the garage door opener issue and they also have resolved the issue with great ease.

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