Garage Doors | What type is right for you?


Today there are many choices when it comes to garage door openers. But it basically comes down to three different type; Belt Drive, Chain Drive and Screw Drive. Now it my be hard to choose, like standing at an all you can eat Chinese buffet and not knowing the foods in front of you. The best thing to do is to educate yourself, then you can find you can find the right dish…ummm…garage door for you.

Chain Drive Garage Door

Chain Drive Garage Door

A chain drive overhead garage door opener is the least expensive and most common of all garage door openers. If your criteria for is a cheap price and you like to hear when someone opens the garage door…well… you found your match. Buying a chain drive overhead garage door opener is a good choice if you want a powerful, reliable opener that isn’t terribly difficult to install. They tend to be on the lower end of the pricing scale but they are typically the noisiest option. For about the same or a little more money, you should also consider the latest screw drive garage door opener models.

How does it work?

Chain Drive garage door uses a shaft and sprocket-driven chain to lift the garage door. If you had an garage door opener as a kid, it was probably a chain drive model.

Screw Drive Garage Door

Screw Drive Garage Door

A screw drive garage door opener is a great option for wider, heavier garage doors. As an alternative to the more common chain drive garage door opener, the screw drive garage door opener can lift heavier doors than a belt drive opener, and does not typically cost as much as the chain drive, so it won’t take a gauge out of your wallet.

Not Entirely Noiseless

The screw drive garage door opener is not as noisy as the chain drive type of garage door opener. However, it is not as quiet as a belt drive model. The screw mechanism will begin to make some noise as it is threaded through if it is very dry. A simple coating of machine oil will remedy a lot of the noise made.

Belt Drive Garage Door

Energizer Bunny

Now if you have a living space above the garage door then you might want to take a look at a belt drive garage door opener. It’s really quiet with long lasting performance. It’s like the energizer bunny but without the drums.

It’s very similar to a chain drive garage door opener, but it uses a very strong, smooth-running rubber belt instead of a noisy steel chain. Now you might think …ummm… rubber is that going to last? The Belt has a fiber reinforcement or flexible steel cords running through the belt.

Are belt drive garage door openers easy to install?

Belt Drive Garage Door

If you are a do-it-yourself person, many top rated belt drive models are available for direct purchase. Genie, Chamberlain and Liftmaster all offer very good installation manuals with step-by-step instructions. If you have never attempted a garage door opener installation, two ladders and a helper will make the job much easier. Time to call your buddy from work that owes you that favor.

For a pro, a new installation will likely take less than 2 hours. For someone who has never done it before, it may take more than 4 hours, depending on your skill level.

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