Why does my retail garage door opener cost less?
Price is also somewhat deceiving overhead door operators are discounted on the amount of openers you buy a once. An example is 1-25 cost A 25-50 cost B. The difference is usually not a lot 10-15$ per opener and of course the shipping is less expensive. The big operation’s HD or Lows for example buy a lot of openers. And their cost is reduced.
I have noticed in the last year or so the main problem with the store chain openers is that they can afford to sell a consumer a less sturdy opener then an overhead door company would carry. Warranty it for a year or two and if it quits well buyer beware right. Don’t get me wrong not all the openers these folks sell are the cheaper models they sell the good ones too, minus the rail. The one piece rail for a 7’-8’ high door is going to run you about $80 give or take, on top of the opener cost. Say you bought a sale model opener from HD and you clicked the have it professionally installed link. This cost of the rail would be added to $129.00 sale price with another additional cost of the installation. (HD has overhead door companies they use to install. The orange shirts never show up at you residence.) An overhead door company in most cases will not do this. If they sell you an opener and it fails to function properly in a year or two, you would be upset with the phone number handy to get this resolved. This is an out of pocket cost to the overhead door company to fix this issue. A good garage door opener is going to run you around $300 - $350 for a standard 7’-8’ installation. All this being said if you are installing the opener yourself on a professionally installed, balanced, and maintained garage door. If you have the time to balance and maintain the door yourself. You will save some cash. Even at that I would not recommend the 129 dollar sale opener.
What is the problem with the multi part rail system?
The problem with a multi-piece designed rail is the lack of strength. The pro model rails are far superior in strength and rigidity. The multi-piece rail system has joints which cause wear. The rail flexes quite a bit with operation opening these joints after time, decreasing the life span of the opener.
My recommendation is.
In most cases for about the same retail vs. pro price, a professionally installed garage door opener will be a superior product with an overall better value. Also the garage door itself should be balanced, safe and operate properly. The best garage door opener will not last as long and will not be safe, on a garage door that is not operating properly.