Installing and maintaining garage doors includes a lot of variables: lubrication, cleaning it regularly, replacing springs and cables when worn, etc. One of the most important aspects of garage door maintenance is your garage door opener.
Your garage door opener is what makes your garage door move automatically. There are many different kinds, styles, and types so making a choice on what garage door opener to get can take some thinking.
Let’s look at the 3 types of openers. Often understanding the difference is all you need to make a choice for your own home and garage.
Garage Door Opener Type #1: Chain Drive
Chain drive openers are the cheapest on the market. They are great for those on a budget as they work well without a high cost. The downside is that they are the noisiest garage door opener on the market as well.
Chain drive openers also require some annual maintenance to work properly.
Garage Door Opener Type #2: Screw Drive
The screw drive opener doesn’t have as many moving parts as the chain drive, so it’s a little bit quieter. It is the middle of the road option as it’s less noisy but a little more expensive than a chain drive.
A screw drive opener also has plastic lined tracks, which is what helps control the noise. Screw drive openers are reliable and requires little maintenance.
Garage Door Opener Type #3: Belt Drive
The belt drive opener is the most expensive, but it’s also the quietest opener you can buy and requires NO maintenance.
Belt drive openers use a rubber belt to opener your garage door, and there is no contact between metals, which is how it stays so quiet.
There are also few moving parts, so it doesn’t vibrate as much as they other two types.
So, while the belt drive opener has a higher upfront cost, you won’t pay for maintenance and you will enjoy a much quieter garage door.
As you can see, there are pros and cons to each garage door opener. All of them will serve the purpose of reliably opening and closing your garage door. Some openers also have cool “features” you might want to consider, including battery backup, WiFi to control the door from a smartphone or tablet, security lights and more.
Figure out your budget and then you can choose the opener that makes the most sense for your needs. A professional garage door company can help you make this decision and give you the best options for needs and budget.