What horsepower is needed to lift a residential garage door?

Any Overhead Door 1/2HP garage door opener can lift a balanced residential garage door. These motors can raise heavy double-wide (18’ by 8’) doors…metal, fiberglass and wood doors, etc. The key is to ensure that a garage door system…the door rollers, hinges, and most importantly, the springs, are in proper working order. Otherwise, the garage door opener will be required to lift more weight…which can lead to costly operator repairs and possible injury to a homeowner.