The Advantages of a Garage Door Opener

Garage door openers use mechanical technology and are powered by electricity. They will allow you to open and close your garage door without much effort. Having to do this manually can be exhausting, and an inconvenience when you are trying to juggle getting children and groceries in and out of the house.  Read on for further insight as to why a garage door opener might be a great addition to your home.

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Variety of Garage Door Openers

There are three main types of garage door openers, all of which have their advantages and disadvantages.

  • Chain Driven Opener – A Chain drive uses a metallic chain a bit like a bike chain. These are capable of handling heavier doors, are usually low priced when new and parts are cheap to replace. However, they do need a little maintenance and can get very noisy if the chain is not lubricated.
  • Belt Drive Opener – The belts for a belt driven opener are made of a high-quality rubber. These are generally the quietest and most maintenance free. However, the belts do need replacing occasionally and they can be on the expensive side.
  • Screw Drive Opener – This type uses a long metal rod that has a thread, just like screws. Although it is often noisier than the belt driven opener, it is quieter than the chain driven one, and comparatively cheap. It does require frequent maintenance and repair to keep it in good working order.

Which one you decide on is probably down to the type of garage door you have and your budget.  There is much more detail and information about them all to help you make a decision at Garagedooropenersystem.Net.

Convenience and Ease of Use

A garage door opener is so much more convenient than having to pull up on your drive, stop the car, get out to manually open the garage door, drive in and then close it after you. Garage door openers are very easy to use, and with a remote control, or an app on your smartphone, you do not have to leave your car to drive into your garage. A simple push of a button is all it takes.

This can be particularly useful if the person operating the garage opener does not have the strength to handle a heavy door. There could be various reasons for this, such as age or illness.

Choosing a Brand

The garage door opener market is like any other. There is a lot of competition, and they all want you to buy their product. Shop around for somewhere that offers a wide range of garage door openers so that you can choose the right fit for your home.

It is probably best to compare several brands and to look closely at the specifications.  Each maker will have their recommendations as to what type of garage door is best for and will tell you if you can install it yourself or if you will need a professional to do it for you.

Whichever type and brand you decide on, budget is another important consideration. But when you have found the right one for you, you will wish you had installed a garage door opener a long time ago.

5 Factors to Consider When Ordering a Concrete Garage

Concrete Garage

If you have finally decided to treat your car to some much needed shelter, concrete is the ideal material for a garage, mainly due to its durability and strength. If you happen to live in the UK, the harsh UK climate is certainly not car friendly, and security is also an issue, which is why most UK homeowners opt for a pre-fabricated unit that can be easily assembled. If you are soon to order a concrete garage, you need to consider the following points.

Create a Concrete Base 

The ideal foundation for concrete garages is a concrete base that is at least 6 inches thick. Unless specified, the base would be the responsibility of the customer, and it is recommended to insert some steel mesh reinforcement, which will give the concrete added tensile strength. Ideally, the base should be at least 6 inches wider and longer than the proposed garage, and should also be level. You should ask an electrician to run a cable out to the area and this can be hooked up after the unit is in place.

Timber or Brick 

While the garage would likely have pebbled concrete panels, this can be combined with either brickwork or timber, to give you an appealing look that blends in with the rest of the property. Typically, the supplier would have a wide range of standard sizes, and if you search online, there would be many examples to view, helping you make the right choice.

Roof Type

One can opt for a flat roof that either slopes to the rear or to one side, or perhaps a small gabled roof, which could be either a front or side elevation, depending on your preferences. The roofing materials could be traditional roofing tiles, which would match your existing roof, or possibly corrugated sheets, which offer you an opportunity to add a skylight or two. There is an informative article that examines the many benefits of a flat roof, which might help you to make a decision.

Door Opening Styles 

Some people prefer the tried and trusted up and over garage doors, which take up little space, yet there are also side opening options if you prefer. If there are obstacles at the front of the garage, side opening might not be suitable, and if you are in any doubt, you can always ask the supplier for their considered opinion.

The Type of Vehicle 

With some of the modern SUVs, height could well be an issue, and the best thing to do is measure the height, length and width of your vehicle, to be sure the garage is suitable. The owner’s manual would contain the vehicle dimensions if you don’t fancy getting the tape measure out, and once you have the dimensions, you can look for a suitable garage unit.

There are online suppliers of concrete garages, and with pre-fabrication, self-installation will certainly keep the cost down, although most suppliers would offer an installation service, should it be required.