How to Choose the Right Automatic Garage Door Opener

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Garage door openers are often unnoticed since your home likely came with one pre-installed when purchased. When shopping for a new garage door opener, the process may be overwhelming considering so many products available.

Modern systems have many features and add-ons, and there are now numerous types of garage door openers available in a wide range of prices. In most cases, garage door openers aren’t too expensive considering what features are available, but you’ll want to make sure you choose one that will last and has the features you are looking for.

Although there are a few different types of openers, their core functionality is the same. Every unit features a motor that moves a trolley that is connected to the door. When the trolley is engaged, it moves the garage door up or down and the main difference between the types is the driving utility.

Lets look deeper into the different types of garage door openers, features to look for, and how to choose the right one for your home

The top 3 leading manufacturers with a wide assortment of garage door openers.

With that, come many different features, look and styles




  • Battery BackUp Requirement:

Most important is the SB-969 in California. In 2018, the bill was approved that ALL new garage door openers installed, or when a new garage door is installed, your automatic garage door opener must come with a battery backup in case of an electrical outage. A few years back, CA had major fires which caused electrical outages. Unfortunately, people ran to their garage to try and escape the fire but were trapped in their garage. Thus, now the battery backup kicks in automatically and the garage door will still work without the electricity.

Genie, LiftMaster and Chamberlain all provide the battery backup as an automatic feature. No automatic openers being sold in California comply unless equipped with the battery backup feature

  • MyQ WiFi Enabled Smart Garage Door Feature

Kids coming home and forgot the key? Open the garage door from your smartphone and ensure their safety. Be in charge of your garage door even when you aren’t home. Monitor and control your garage door from anywhere. Get real time notifications, set schedules and share the app with family members. Never wonder if you left the garage door open again. 

  • Belt Drive or Chain Drive

What’s the difference between the two? Chain Driven garage door openers Use a heavy-duty, bicycle-like chain. Not as quiet, but just as durable, as the beltdrive. The chaindrive is also more budget friendly. Belt driven openers uses a steel-reinforced rubber belt. Both are reliable, no doubt, but the belt drive is quieter and runs much smoother. Highly suggested if your garage is under a bedroom or office. 

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  • Overhead or Sidemount

No question about it, the Sidemount garage door opener looks much better without all the thin wires running across your ceiling from your garage door to the opener.

Depending on the weight of your garage door, the Sidemount isn’t always the best choice and may not have the horsepower your garage door requires. The overhead garage door is the most common in homes and may have features the Sidemount doesn’t offer. In most cases, the overhead garage door opener is also more budget friendly.

Always best to consult with a professional garage door technician who can show and explain the difference so that you can make the best decision. Reach out today 747-261-0570 and schedule a free consultation – we are happy to show you all we have to offer.

ALL Garage Doors and Gates is family owned in the heart of North Hollywood, CA with years of experience in the garage door and gate industry. Taking the experience and knowledge with each year that passes, our company has one goal: building our client long term relationships ethically and professionally. 

Trust in our professionals that we will go above and beyond to manufacture the perfect new garage door or gate for your home. All our repair services come with warranties and you can be sure you are in good hands. We will do all we can to make sure you are fully satisfied with our garage door and gate services.

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Maya RozovMaya Rozov
19:22 25 Mar 22
We absolutely love our garage door! We’re slowly updating and remodeling our house and this is by far one of the best experiences we’ve had with a vendor! They provided not only the best price, but the team was so professional, nice, easy to work with, accommodating and also funny and enjoyable to work with! We will definitely be using them again for when we replace our gate and I will highly recommend them to anyone who needs a garage door or gate in the future!!
sharon kaufmansharon kaufman
23:52 24 Mar 22
I had the most amazing experience with All Garage Doors and Gates!!! I had an emergency with my garage door where it almost dropped down on my car. A part was loose and the emergency lever was loose. I called them right away and Aidan was at my home within the hour. I can't believe how quickly he was able to help and fix the broken part. He is kind, compassion and a pleasure to be around. I will be calling him right away when I have any other issues going forward. I highly recommend this Garage Door company. Amazing service and super caring people!!!!
Marian EmmaMarian Emma
01:46 01 Mar 22
Best company to call for help when the garage door is stuck. Eli came out within an hour in the evening time and changed out the broken springs. He also checked out the other parts of the door and the opener to make sure everything was working fine. Gave me tips on caring for the springs in the future. Very honest and great pricing.
Paige ParkerPaige Parker
15:54 25 Jan 22
The whole experience was great. They arrived came up with a plan to work with my low ceiling Garage door and provided the quote quickly. Once I gave the go ahead the door arrived sooner than expected and installation was great. I would definitely use them again. As a plus, more professional and less expensive than the other quote I got.I will use them agai.
Eran HEran H
22:21 11 Jan 22
Thank you ALL Garage Doors and Gates. I live out of state and Dana and her crew have always taken care of my garage door repair issues on my properties. Never had a worry and always a perfect job! Best garage door repair company in North Hollywood - highly recommend them on.. very reliable and professional 👍
MJ MadisonMJ Madison
19:27 03 Jan 22
My experience with ALL Garage has been fantastic. Dana was very responsive and easy to work with. She was very understanding with all my changes. I really had a hard time just getting a quote from other companies. I don't understand why some companies would take the trouble to send someone out and not just send a quote. I was super happy with this company. They were happy to clarify things with me about the project and made sure I understood the scope of work. Thank You ALL GARAGE DOORS and GATES!!