Tired of getting out of your car to manually open the garage? An automatic garage door opener makes life easier, while also enhancing your home's safety and providing secure access and lighting to your garage. Install a garage door opener and enjoy the comfort and safety of automatic access to a safe, well-lit garage.

Secure Your Garage with the Best Opener

When shopping for a new opener for your garage door, take the time to browse through all the features to find which one suits your needs best. From the drive system to speed and power, discover which garage door opener is right for you.

Once you've settled on the perfect opener, book an in-home consultation to have our pros install it for you.

Garage Door Opener Drive Systems

Since most standard openers run on similar designs — a trolley connected to the garage door moves on a rail powered by a motor, opening or closing the door — the biggest difference between models is the drive system. The motor that moves the trolley on garage doors can operate on a chain-drive, belt-drive, screw-drive, or computer-controlled drive.

  • Screw drive pulley for garage door opener

    Screw-Drive

    With this system, a lifting mechanism that moves along a threaded steel rod. These units are powerful and, because they have few moving parts, they require the least maintenance. The body of the opener rests in the centre of the garage ceiling.

  • Belt-drive garage door opener with various accessories

    Belt-Drive

    Functioning similarly to the chain-drive system, this system uses a belt rather than a chain to move the trolley. This belt provides quieter, smoother operation, making it a good choice for homes with living or sleeping spaces above or adjacent to the garage. Because belt-drive systems have fewer moving parts, they're simpler to maintain.

  • Chain-drive garage door opener with various accessories

    Chain-Drive

    This system uses a metal chain to lift the door up and down along its tracks. Chain-drive systems are the most common and usually the least expensive, but they sometimes make more noise than screw-drive units. Like screw drives, chain drives sit in the centre of the garage ceiling.

  • Computer controlled drive garage door opener with various accessories

    Computer-Controlled Driee

    No chain, screw, or belt drives this type of system. The body of the unit sits directly above the door, rather than in the middle of the ceiling. This is particularly helpful in garages that have limited headroom, and it leaves more garage ceiling space open for storage.

Power

Choose a motor with power adequate to lift your door. If you have double doors, look for at least a half-horsepower motor. Even on a single door, a larger motor is likely to last longer.

Also look for a unit with soft starting and stopping that operates more quietly, with less wear and tear on the door. Higher-end openers operate more quickly, reducing the time you have to wait in the driveway. For safety's sake, the faster-opening models still close at a standard, slower speed.

Electricity

Garage door openers have motors that run on either alternating current (AC) or direct current (DC). Both plug into a standard home power outlet, but DC-powered openers convert AC to DC power.

The advantages of a DC motor include smaller size, quieter operation, and softer starts and stops, while the advantages of an AC motor include better safety, more efficiency in power transmission, and better lighting.

Look for a system that comes with a back-up battery in case there's an electrical outage.

Security

All garage door openers produced today use "rolling codes" for the greatest security. Each time the door is opened, a new, random code is generated. This prevents code theft and ensures that a neighbour's remote control will not open your garage.

All models also include a manual release that will allow you to open the door if the power is out. Some higher-end models include a function that opens the door just a little bit so the cat or dog can get out.

Lighting

Most openers include a security light that comes on as you activate the system and stays on long enough for you to get out of the car and go into the house. Many remotes include buttons that turn on the light without activating the door.

Garage Door Opener Controls

Most garage door openers come with a remote control, whether it's a one-button, two-button, or three-button remote. You can also gain entry to your garage with a wall-mounted keypad, which can be programmed to lock the door for a set amount of time — a handy feature if you'll be away and want peace of mind.

Woman in a blue shirt pointing a remote at a garage door

Remote Controls

Some garage door openers use a one-button remote, while other models include a remote with two or more buttons that can control multiple openers. Multiple buttons are useful if you have more than one garage bay, each with a separate door. Mini remotes are small enough to fit on keychains.

A hand pressing a keypad wall-mounted by a garage door

Keypads

Doorbell-like buttons or keypads can be mounted to the wall — interior or exterior — near the door to allow it to be opened without a remote. Look for this as an accessory if it doesn't come as part of the standard opener kit.

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