Electric garage doors were invented and became popular for one undeniable reason: they are convenient! Let's face it, garage doors are heavy, and no one wants to get out of their vehicle every time to open and close their garage doors by hand. This is especially true if you have to go from your nice warm, dry car into the cold or wet to manually open the garage door. Luckily, garage door openers are available at very reasonable prices. Buyers can have the door opener installed or can even make it a DIY project. However you intend to install it, you should consider a few facts before you make your final choice of garage door opener.
Your garage has to be big enough to accept a garage door opener. In the vast majority of cases, this is not a major concern -- it seems that garages keep getting bigger over time. But perhaps you've noticed that your door rubs on the ceiling when you open it by hand. If that is the case, you don't need a new garage, but you may need special low-clearance tracks or perhaps quick-turning top fixtures that require less overhead space. On the other hand, if you have a very high garage, you will need to install hanging brackets from which to suspend your door opener. Remember, these aren't included when you buy an opener for DIY installation, so it's imperative you know how to install the hanging angles correctly or you could jeopardize the safety of your entire garage door assembly.
Another consideration is the space in the rear of the garage, just beyond the point where the door stops when fully open. Openers need about three feet of additional rear space, which can be a problem if a ceiling beam or wall sits right behind the opened door. If that beam is structural (and it probably is), you must be an expert at renovation or else you are going to have to hire one. You'll need the sign-off of an engineer if an obstructing beam is structural. Improper removal of structural elements can result in the collapse of your garage and possible injury to family, friends or pets. We suggest you leave these details to a professional garage door installer. These technicians have the training and expertise to figure out the lowest-cost way to accommodate your garage to a new opener.
That's Heavy, Man
Modern garage doors can be massive and weighty, especially if clad by solid wood and heavily insulated against temperature and weather extremes. If you have trouble lifting a garage door by hand, so may your opener. These devices are given enough power to lift a door that can be manually operated. If you have trouble opening your garage door, or if the door has tendency to close on its own, it would be a good idea to have a professional see to all of the installation details. Putting a new electric opener on a poorly working garage door is worse than putting lipstick on a pig - it's more like performing brain surgery on yourself -- a dangerous proposition. Avoid the inevitable trouble and expense you'll encounter and let a professional do the installation for you. They have been thoroughly trained to make sure the door is properly aligned and balanced to the opener, and that the opener is securely and correctly attached to your garage door ceiling. The cost of a professional installation is relatively modest, but it will provide you years of reassurance that your door and opener are correctly configured for the safest operation. Your Overhead Door distributor will be happy to provide you with a professional, certified installer who will make speedy work of this job.