Garage door openers are a modern day convenience and luxury investment invented in 1926 by C.G. Johnson. Since that time, door openers, as well as garage doors, have undergone many refinements. Originally, garage doors were composed of solid wood and were exceptionally heavy and cumbersome to open or close. It was not until much later that steel doors and fiberglass doors became commonplace. A variety of openers have different horsepower ratings in order to handle the variety of doors on the market today.
Gone are the days of the 1940s and 1950s when a home owner would open their door with the remote, as well as the garage doors of multiple neighbors. Because of this and the use of scanner tools being able to detect the transmitted codes of earlier openers, allowing unscrupulous individuals the ability to program a remote and enter the home, manufacturers developed the use of rolling codes. The purpose of this rolling code technology is to enhance the security and privacy of the home owner by preventing scanners the ability to hi-jack the transmitter codes, thereby leaving occupants protected and the contents of the home safe from being stolen. Rolling codes are now universally found on every garage door opener. For more great garage door openers see our list of top choices.
Today’s garage door openers have a plethora of additional features unheard of in the “good ‘ol days”. Some of the mainstream features found with every opener are photoelectric sensors, or seeing eyes, pressure sensing technology, and a trolley quick release handle. These features were developed for the safety of small children and preventing the door from crushing an object as it descends. While an injury may still be possible, these changes have greatly increased the safety of the automatic door operation.
The main features to be considered are the type of mechanical drive system the door opener utilizes. The three main types are the proven chain drive, screw drive and belt driven openers. If the speed of which the garage door opens is of major concern, only one type needs to be considered. Screw drive openers generally provide the fastest opening of most garage doors. In addition to being the fastest at opening the door, the screw drive opener is one of the most maintenance free of all the openers.