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How do I find the perfect garage door opener for me?

We hear it all the time. “I think I need a new garage door opener – How do I find the perfect opener for me?”

A garage door opener typically lasts 10-15 years.  That of course depends on how often you use it.  Do you think your opener might be outdated? Are you’re thinking about replacing it?  Here are the things you need to think about to find the perfect opener for you!


Do you have a bedroom or living area directly beside or above your garage?  If so, a belt drive opener might be right for you.  A belt drive opener is significantly quieter than a chain drive.


Are you interested in an opener with the latest technology?  An opener that has internet connectivity may be for you.  Many openers now have smart phone apps.  These let you control your door from your phone or notify you if your door opens unexpectedly. Many also have technology that will close your door automatically if you forget.

Many new openers also come with a battery back-up.  This means that in the event of a power failure, you can still get in or out of the garage.

If you frequently enter your garage from the house, walking into a dark garage is always a concern.  An important feature for you might be a motion sensor light.  Never walk into a dark garage again.


Older garage door openers were 1/3 to 1/2 horsepower.  Today’s modern openers range from ¾ to 1 ¼ horsepower.  This increase in power means your system can last longer.

If you have an oversized door such as those for RV storage, power will be important.  Often, a side mount or screw drive opener is what we recommend for those oversized doors.


Have you ever left the house to walk the dog or ride your bike, only to find out you forgot your keys? Have you panicked when you got that call from your child that they lost their keys?  If so, a new opener might be the answer to your frustration. New garage door openers have features that can ensure you don’t get locked out of your house again.  A wireless keypad can allow your child to enter the house after school without the possibility of lost keys. It’s also great in the event of an emergency if you need a neighbor to walk or feed your pet.


Whatever features you’re looking for in a new garage door opener, Dave’s Garage Doors has got you covered.  When you’re ready to look at options, give our team a call.  We can help you find the perfect opener for you.  Installation can usually be scheduled in as little as a few days.  We also have Saturday appointments for your convenience.


Call Dave’s Garage Doors today for help with your new opener 503-641-8987.

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