Most Popular Garage Door Opener Brands01/24/2015 Back To Blog
If you are on this site, chances are you have a garage door opener. They are pretty convenient, aren't they? No more going out into the wind, rain and snow to manually open the door for you! Yet maybe you don't have one yet, and are thinking of obtaining one for your home. In this article, we will look at some popular garage door opener brands. Just as there are a variety of houses, there are a variety of openers, ranging from Genie to LiftMaster. Many of these companies have long and storied histories in the field, and some are responsible for great innovations in the field. Others are just starting to make a name for themselves, and almost all do business in multiple countries.
Genie and LiftMaster
One of the most popular brands of door openers is Genie. The company began life in 1923 as Alliance Manufacturing Company, producing a wide variety of goods for personal, business and military use. During World War Two, the company produced goods mostly for the military, and in 1954 produced its first garage door opener unit. In the 1970's, they were able to put their products in the hands of mass retailers. They have since led the way in innovation in this field, and have branched out into other home products as well. The company was acquired by the Overhead Door Corporation (more on them later) in 1994. Another popular brand is LiftMaster. The company's history is warp and woof with the garage door opener's history. The product was once considered a luxury good, and innovations allowed it into the homes of more people. The company is now ranked number one in the field, and boasts many positive testimonials.
The Overhead Door Corporation and Guardian
Perhaps one of the most innovative companies in the field, Overhead Door Corporation's history, much like LiftMaster, is bound to the history of the product it sells. Founded in the 1920s by C.G. Johnson, the company can boast the creation of the first upward-lifting door, and also the first electric garage door opener. The Guardian corporation is another popular door opener brand, and has been in business for over thirty years. They manufacture a number of products, including die-casts and stampers. Their reach is global too, with facilities not only in America, but China and other countries as well.
Sommer and Napoleon/Lynx
With operations in both the United States and Europe, Sommer is another popular brand of garage door openers. They produce a wide range of related products, including radio controls and gate operators, and are ISO 9001 certified. The Napoleon/Lynx Corporation finds itself in a unique position within the field, as they were one of the first such companies in Canada. There they became an innovator, and entered the American market in the 1980's, and they now have a global reach, doing business in over forty countries.