Professionals in the garage door business hear lots of stories from customers about old garage door openers and doors that are so noisy that whenever the opener starts, the neighbors wake up. Parents of newborns also complain about loud garage door openers, especially after just having got their colicky baby to sleep.
In nearly all the stories, the guilty homeowners had old garage door openers that needed replacement. If yours is more than 15 years old, it can probably be heard by all the neighbors every time you press the remote button, causing a loud start when the opening cycle begins – a rattling, shuddering sound as the opener moves the door up and down. Then, when the cycle is complete, it comes to a jolting stop. You’re no doubt aware that these noises can also be heard in rooms in your own house near the garage.
Old garage door openers often make a noise because of underpowered motors that strain to open heavy doors with obsolete chain-driven systems. Luckily, today’s products have advanced dramatically compared to those made a couple of decades ago. Options include a quieter chain-drive, a screw-drive or a belt drive – all powered by motors that are suitably matched to the type of garage door.
Convenience, security and safety features are other reasons to consider a new opener. While many older ones require you to open the garage door to switch on a light, modern garage door openers have motion-activated lights that switch on when you enter the garage. This is not only a great safety feature (no more tripping in the dark!), but also a great convenience and security feature.
For garage door openers in Charleston SC, contact us at Overhead Door Company of Charleston. We offer high-quality garage door products and services, and are proud members of both the Better Business Bureau and the International Door Association. Give us a call today.