Garage Door OpenersAt AAA Door Guys Inc., we know that the average garage door opens and closes 1,500 times a year, so it’s not that much of a mystery when one day it stops functioning properly. Most garage door openers give out around their 13,000th operation, and they often die with very little notice or indication that they were going to fail. Either way, if you find yourself in the market for new garage door openers for your garage, you may be surprised at the amount of options you have available to you. When picking your garage door opener, it’s important to keep in mind how much you intend to use it and what features you wish to have. Here is a guide to buying your garage door opener to help you make the choice easy before you contact us. 

Drive Mechanisms 

There are three options for drive mechanisms for your garage door openers:

  • Chain: Despite being the cheapest and oldest technology, chain garage door openers continue to be popular because of their good value. Keep in mind, however, that because of its loudness, a chain-style drive mechanism is not an ideal choice if your garage is located underneath or next to rooms you would like to keep quiet, like your bedroom or a nursery.
  • Screw: In the middle-ground in term of cost and noisiness are screw drive mechanism garage door openers. These openers require little maintenance and are operated by a continuous threaded shaft that is connected to the trolley operator. Because of this, they tend to wear out the trolley more quickly than the other drive mechanism options.
  • Belt: The quietest of all of the garage door openers, the belt drive mechanism operates with a rubber belt that rotates through a gear to pull the trolley. Since it’s the quietest option, it is ideal for garages located next to or under living spaces you want to keep quiet.


All garage door openers since the mid-1990s have been required to have a mechanism that stops the garage door from opening if there is something impeding it from closing. If the mechanism detects something in the path of the garage door, it reverses the closing door to prevent injury or harm to people, pets, and belongings. However, this safety feature should still be checked regularly, and it is good to read online reviews about specific garage door opener safety features tested by other users. 

Battery Backup

Battery backup is not available on all models of garage door openers, but when you have it available, you’ll find it especially useful in the event of a power outage. 

Remote Control

Two remotes are standard with garage door openers; however, depending on the model of opener you choose, your remote may have different options available to you that can open one or multiple doors.


Most garage door openers have security features built in, but the best are ones with rolling codes. Rolling codes make it harder for burglars to hack into the system and enter your home.

If your garage door openers have stopped working or if you are in the market for a whole new garage door system for your Barrie, ON home, give us a call today. We have been consulting on new garage door installation and repair for 25 years, and all of our work is guaranteed. Call us for a free estimate and talk to us about how new garage door openers can mean all the difference to your garage!

A Buyer’s Guide to Garage Door Openers