Deciding which type of garage door opener is right for your home can be tricky if it’s something you’ve never thought about before. The fact that there are different types further complicates things and deciding which is best can feel like a shot in the dark unless you know the differences between them.
Below, we’ve compiled some information about each different type of garage door opener to help you decide which one suits your needs.
Three Types of Openers
There are three different types of garage door openers on the market, and each one comes with its own pros and cons:
Chain Drive: The most common type of opener on the market, a chain drive opener uses a chain to pull and push a trolley that connects to the door to open and close it. Chain drive openers are very cost effective and extremely reliable, but their drawback is that they tend to be noisier than other types. These come in many new construction homes and are well suited for detached garages or places where noise is not a concern.
Belt Drive: Belt drive openers work in a similar way to a chain drive, except they use a belt in lieu of a chain. This difference makes them much quieter than their chain driven counterparts and as such, are a perfect option for attached garages. With that decreased noise comes an increase in price, however.
Screw Drive: This type of opener uses a rotating steel threaded rod to move the trolley that opens and closes the door. Screw drive openers have fewer moving parts than other types, often resulting in less maintenance over their lifetime. They fall somewhere in between a chain drive and belt drive in terms of noise level.
Choosing the right opener for you is only half the battle. Ensuring it is properly installed is critical to ensure years of trouble-free operation. Installing a garage door opener can be hazardous for the inexperienced, which is why we always recommend using a professional installer like Absolute Overhead Door. Call us today at (502) 221-7241 with any questions, or to schedule a consultation!