How Much Horsepower Should Your Garage Door Have?

How Much Horsepower Should Your Garage Door Have?

When you hear the word horsepower (HP), you may think of cars. However, garage door openers are everyday essentials that also run on horsepower. It’s important to consider whether or not the HP of your garage door opener properly fits the size of your door. 

The team at the Garage Door Specialists has put together this quick start guide to horsepower for garage door openers so you can learn more.

Different Levels of Garage Door Opener Horsepower

It’s easy to find the horsepower you need to fit your garage door. Manufacturers make premium options to fit every model based on the size of the door, the weight and the material like wood or steel. 

Lighter models ranging from 1/2 horsepower to 1 1/2 horsepower are typically ideal for your home garage door and come at a reasonable price. If you have a double-car garage door, 1/2 HP will work. Models with more power, like 3/4 HP, are perfect for larger doors.

The general rule of thumb for large doors is that the higher the HP,  the lower the strain on the door when opening and closing over time. 

Other Features and Factors to Consider 

It’s also key to consider other factors for high-powered openers beyond horsepower. Several helpful bonus features can make your everyday life easier, including: 

  • Lighting: An LED system can help you see when backing in and out of your garage, especially at night. 
  • Mobile app: Garage door openers with built-in Wi-Fi allow you to open and close the door remotely from your smartphone using an app. 
  • Battery backup: Battery backup keeps your door opener working even if your home loses power. 
  • Smart home: High-tech garage door openers integrate with Amazon Alexa for voice recognition and Amazon Prime for package delivery.
  • Security: Security features can safeguard access to your garage door opener, such as requiring a customized code to open. 

Find Your Perfect Garage Door Solution

At Garage Door Specialists, we sell and install residential garage doors and garage door openers with powerful durability and outstanding convenience. We’re an authorized Clopay® dealer serving homeowners located in the north and northwestern suburbs of Chicago. 

Have questions about horsepower or want to make a purchase? You can stop by our showroom in Wheeling, Illinois, to speak with our team. You can also contact us online or request a quote to get started on your journey toward a new garage door opener solution. 


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