Adding an automatic garage door opener is easier than you might think. Electric garage door openers, although invented in the 1920s, did not become standard equipment until well into the 1970s. While automatic openers are installed on all new homes today, many older and historic homes still have manual garage doors. Adding an electric door opener can be simple and affordable, and provides a variety of benefits to the homeowner.
Will an Electric Garage Door Opener Work for Me?
The most important requirements for adding a garage opener to your home are space, power, and support. The motor housing, depending on brand and size, requires sufficient space between the ceiling and the top of your vehicle for unimpeded operation and a bit of air circulation. An electrical outlet is required, usually within 3’ of the operator’s installed location. Finally, because the operator mechanism is heavy and under load when working, it must be mounted using structural supports (ceiling joists). Additional considerations include a clear location for optic sensors, as well as wiring and installation of keypad(s).
Benefits of Garage Door Openers
Automatic openers can improve the safety, security, and value of your home. Manual garage doors lack the automatic reverse and optic sensors that electric openers have. As a result, manual doors may fall unexpectedly, causing injury, or be inadvertently closed on children or vehicles. Manual doors are easier to force open than automatic doors, leaving your home more vulnerable to burglary or unwanted entry. Experts say that adding an automatic door opener to your garage may also increase the value and salability of your home. Think about it: Who really wants to get out of their car and wrestle with a heavy garage door on a cold, rainy night?
How to Add a Garage Door Opener
Some intrepid homeowners install their automatic openers themselves; however, that’s not always the best course of action. Unless you are comfortable working with structural supports and electrical wiring, it may be best to find a professional garage door company like The Garage Door man for installation. Garage doors vary in size and weight, and automatic openers have specific horsepower and torque requirements. A licensed garage door contractor can explain the different types of openers, and help you determine which one is right for your home. Some older garage doors are not suitable for electronic openers, so always check with an expert before starting a project of this magnitude. Once you do add a garage door opener to your home though, you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it!