Your garage door receives a good workout everyday, as you open and close it several times in a day while going to places and coming back. Thanks to the technological advancements being made in almost all aspects of life, garage door motors have also become electric. For example, if you have a sectional garage door, you will be able to operate it right with a remote control, without the need to manually operate it. So, if you have an old fashioned manually operated sectional garage door, and if you are considering replacing it with a new garage door motor, then it is important to know how sectional and sliding gate motors work, what makes them open or close, and what you can do to keep them in their best working condition.
Benefits of installing a new garage door motor: Automated sliding gate motors make your garage door very convenient to operate. Whether it is sleeting chilled weather or unusually hot heat outside, you do not need to get out of your car and open or close your garage door. There are many other positive points of using sliding gate motors, but this particular feature makes your life much easier, safer and more convenient than before.
Options available: There can be different types of sliding gate motors, including chain driven, belt driven and screw driven.
Belt driven is the best option, but it is usually the most expensive too. These motors offer smooth, and very quite garage door operation, causing most of the users to believe that benefits are actually worth the cost.
Chain driven motors offer simple benefits under an affordable price tag. Noise may be an issue for some, but there is a multitude of varieties available, and many people may like to overlook the noise due to its reasonable cost.
Screw driven motors are the cheapest options, but they are described to be inefficient and slow moving, despite their low noise output.
The type of new garage door motors that you choose depends on the type of your garage door, the material of your door, and of course your budget. For example, if you have a sectional garage door, then sliding gate motors will not work for it. You will have to choose a motor that is designed for a sectional door only. If you have a wooden door, you will have to buy an extra-sturdy motor for it, as wood is heavier than most other materials. You can consult a garage door company to ensure that you are buying the perfect garage door motor as per your requirements, preferences and budget.
Once you have installed the right new garage door motor, you have to take care of it, and maintain it too. Heed to it as soon as you hear any abnormal sounds from it. Also look for any noticeable cracks, frayed cords, burning etc., probably caused due to lighting, system stress, improper use, rodent infestation etc.