Whether you already have a garage door, or you are having a new door fitted, having it automated is always a good idea.
An automated garage door offers many advantages including being able to open and close the garage door from the car, being able to use a smartphone to operate the door, the door being more secure and much quicker opening and closing of the garage door.
To have a garage door automated, you need to have it fitted with a motor. Different types of garage doors use different types of motors depending on their opening mechanism. When looking for a good garage door motor, you want to consider the following features:
• Energy consumption
• Battery backup
• Wi-Fi connectivity
This guide will help you understand garage door motors a little better so that you know which the best type for you is.
The Different Types of Garage Door Motors
Before considering a garage door motor, it is important to know the type of garage door that you have. There are three main types of residential garage doors which are:
• Roller garage doors
• Sectional garage doors
• Tilt garage doors
Motors for Roller Garage Doors
If you already have a roller door and want to have a motor added to it, then you are in luck. The process for adding a motor to an existing roller garage door is relatively simple for a professional garage door maintenance company. When fitting a new door, you can have the motor fitted along with it and not need to have a lock on the outside of the garage door.
At Doors Direct, we have three types of motors that can open and close roller garage doors. The types of motors are:
Silent Drive Essential MR655MYQ: The NEW SilentDrive Essential is myQ compatible, with bright LED lighting and quiet operation. This proven performer is designed for single or double roller doors up to 16.5m2 and is a smart choice for new or existing doors.
Silent Drive Elite MR855MYQ: The NEW SilentDrive Elite is myQ compatible, Battery Backup compatible with bright LED lighting and quiet operation. The DC motor is quiet and built to last with the strength to open any branded single or double domestic/ residential roller door.
Weatherdrive: With a market leading weather resistant IP34 design, slimline design to fit into the tightest of spaces and LED lighting as standard, makes WeatherDrive the perfect option for powering sheds and carport roller doors.
Silent Drive Essential MR655MYQ
Motors for Sectional Garage Doors
Automated sectional garage doors are much more secure than regular sectional garage doors. These are the best types of motors for a residential sectional garage door.
Commander Essential MS65MYQ: Merlin’s Commander Essential is small in size and big on features. This sectional garage door opener has the latest security and multi frequency technology. The DC motor is quiet and built to last with the strength to open a branded domestic sectional door up to 13.5m2.
Commander Elite MS105MYQ: Australia’s favourite opener, Commander Elite is myQ compatible & Battery Backup compatible, with heavy lifting power of 150kg and new powerful LED lighting. Loaded with Merlin Security+2.0 encryption rolling code technology means perfect operation under all environment conditions and from a greater distance than ever before This opener is suitable for both tilt and sectional doors up to 20m2.
Commander Extreme MS125MYQ: Designed for extreme weather conditions & heavy custom doors, Commander Extreme is myQ compatible, with heavy lifting power of 150kg or 286kg (with beams) plus new powerful LED lighting and Battery Backup.
Commander Essential MS65MYQ
Motors for Tilt Garage Doors
Garage doorways that are not too high can use tilt garage doors. Tilt garage doors work more efficiently and are more secure with a motor/opener. Here is the best option for tilt garage door motors.
Commander Elite MS105MYQ: Australia’s favourite opener, Commander Elite is myQ compatible & Battery Backup compatible, with heavy lifting power of 150kg and new powerful LED lighting. This opener is suitable for both tilt and sectional doors up to 20m2.