Dodds Garage Doors has been selling garage door openers for over 60 years in the Toronto area. Like any product, not all overhead garage door openers are created equal. It is up to you, the consumer, to decide which automatic garage door opener best suits your needs and the level of quality which you desire.
Dodds has built our reputation on quality. This is why we carry only the most reliable, safe and burglar resistant garage door openers available. You get the best garage door opener and installation at very competitive pricing.
WiFi Garage Door Openers
When considering which garage door opener to purchase, we have written extensively about your garage door electric opener options.
Garage Door Opener Types
Belt drive electric openers are the quietest electric openers available. When noise is a concern, customers should install belt driven garage door openers. Dodds carries and services a variety of electric openers including LiftMaster garage door openers (same company as Chamberlain), Skylink and the Dodds electric opener.
Chain drive electric openers are the traditional style of trolley garage door opener. They are reliable, long-lasting and affordable. Dodds sells LiftMaster garage door openers, Skylink electric openers and the Dodds chain drive electric opener.
Side-mount or Jackshaft garage door openers are a great way to save space in a garage. Jackshaft electric openers are mounted to the side of the garage door and require around 12 inches of sideroom to be installed. See our article on the pros and cons of side-mount garage door openers.
Garage Door Opener Brands
We carry a variety of garage door opener brands. LiftMaster garage door openers are sold through garage door dealers. They are manufactured by the same company as Chamberlain garage door openers. The key difference is that LiftMaster garage door openers come with a one-piece rail system connecting the electric opener with your garage door. This makes for a safer and more durable installation.
Garage Door Opener Safety
Every garage door opener that we sell is equipped with a photo eye; a light beam that goes across the opening of the door. If the light beam is broken by a person, car, pet or any object the door will not close. An overhead garage door opener will not operate if the photo eyes are not working properly.
Here are a few questions that we are commonly asked!
What is the best garage door opener on the market?
There is no single best garage door opener on the market. In reality, the better question is, what garage door features do I need? If you don’t need a WiFi garage door opener, ask for a machine that comes without it and save a little money. If you have a bedroom above the garage, consider purchasing a belt drive electric opener. If you are looking to save space and you have enough room to the side of your garage door, install a side-mount electric opener.
Do I need more than 1/2HP or 3/4HP garage door opener?
Garage door electric opener horsepower can be a tricky subject. In reality, a 1/2HP or 3/4HP electric opener should be more than sufficient power to lift your garage door. Balancing of your garage door spring is the key element in making sure your garage door operates smoothly. The garage door opener merely completes the opening and closing of your garage door and should not need to work too hard to get your door opened and closed.
Do I need a chain drive garage door opener or belt drive garage door opener?
Chain drive electric openers have stood the test of time and are very reliable option. Belt drive electric openers have become a very popular choice when a customer has living space adjacent to the garage. It is important to check the warranty differences between these options when purchasing.
Why buy garage door openers from a dealer and not the box stores?
While Dodds garage door opener prices are competitive, we pride ourselves on our installation capabilities and after sales service. A Dodds technician will ensure the safe installation of your garage door opener. Dodds always offers an installed price while box stores sell garage door openers without installation. Further, Dodds is always available should you have questions or issues after installation and provides a service warranty one-year after the installation of your garage door opener. Finally, Dodds installs a one-piece rail system on all garage door openers which are safer and more durable.
What other features might I consider when buying a garage door opener?
Battery Backup. California recently enacted a law requiring that all garage door openers have battery backup. This means in the event of power failure, the garage door will continue to operate for a limited number of cycles. Dodds sells battery backup options on all electric openers.
WiFi. WiFi Electric Openers have become commonplace in customers garages. WiFi electric openers enable customers to access their garage from anywhere in the world increasing security and safety of your home. Dodds sells WiFi electric openers or accessories that make your electric opener WiFi capable.
Keypad. Adding a garage door keypad to the outside of your garage door will enable you to access your garage without use of a remote control. This is a great option when the garage is used to access your home.