Normally when you think of garage door openers, you think they are placed overhead in terms of where they are in your garage. Yet there has become a trend of wall mounted garage door openers, also known as side-mounted openers and Jackshaft openers. These openers are mounted to the wall instead of overhead, and their placement, as well as construction, offers some real key benefits. Here are some benefits of a wall Mounted garage door opener.
First, lets’ look at the obvious, space. The jackshaft garage door opener is mounted to the wall. This frees up a good amount of space in your garage. For one, you do not have to worry about clearance. That clearance means less vertical space for stacking storage boxes. If you have a large vehicle parked in the garage, the fact you have to worry less about clearance is a huge benefit. You also do not have to worry about excess or leaking lubricant dripping on your vehicle. Also, many homeowners like to use the space a traditional garage door opener would take for storage or shelving. With a side mount, you don’t need rails to hang your opener from.
A wall-mounted garage door opener has fewer malfunctions than an overhead garage door opener. This is partly due to the fact there is no chain or belt to worry about or maintain. This also makes the wall-mounted garage door opener easier to maintain. Without a chain or belt, you do not have to lubricate the opener. Also without a belt or chain, the garage door opener is quieter than it’s overhead counterpart.
There are also some great security features to a wall mount opener. The LiftMaster 8500 Model is equipped with Security+ 2.0 technology, which ensures greater security for remote control codes. This model can also be operated remotely using a smartphone, tablet or computer. The Jackshaft openers are equipped with the same safety reversal systems (mechanical and photo‑cell) as overhead garage door openers. Traditional overhead garage doors have a red emergency release cord that can be pulled to detach the door from the opener, so homeowners can manually lift the door during emergency situations. While this serves it’s purpose, with a coat hanger, a potential burglar could grab the cord after slightly bending the top of the garage door, making your garage unsafe. Wall-mounted garage door openers don’t have these cords and can’t be manipulated by potential burglars.
There are a few things you do need to know though before choosing a wall-mounted garage door opener. They do work the best in homes with garage ceiling heights much higher than those of the garage doors. It cannot be used on low headroom doors. This type of door opener can only be used with a torsion spring system since the opener is connected to the shaft (tube) on which the springs are installed. Your garage also needs to have an outlet at the head of the garage near the door. Lastly, you must have space on the sides of the door to install side mount garage door openers.
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