Are you thinking of buying a new garage door opener? Here, we share with you the different types of garage door openers on the market today, so that you can make an informed decision.
Chain-Drive Garage Door Openers
What They Are: Chain-drive openers are found in most garages. This is mostly attributed to the fact that they are the oldest type of opener at there. These openers include a chain – very similar to a bicycle chain – that pushes or pulls a trolley, which is connected to a metal bar (aka a J-arm), that is then affixed to the door itself.
The Advantages: Chain-drive openers are considered to be the most dependable and most economical openers on the market today. Points to consider, however, is that because these openers rely on a chain and metal trolley system they can cause quite a bit of noise. This is something you’ll definitely want to think about especially if your garage is adjacent or beneath a bedroom.
Belt-Drive Garage Door Openers
What Are They: Similar in design to chain-drive openers, with the exception that belt-drive openers utilize a reinforced belt to push or pull the trolley, thus reducing the amount of noise produced during operation. Depending on make and model, the belts can be manufactured using fiberglass, polyurethane, or steel-reinforced materials.
The Advantages: Like we mentioned previously, belt-drive openers afford homeowners with quiet operation, as well as reliable performance. These types of openers do tend to cost a bit more than chain-drive openers, but still remain less expensive than screw-drive openers.
Screw-Drive Garage Door Openers
What They Are: With screw-drive openers, the trolley ride on a threaded-steel rod as a motor rotates the rod, thus making it possible to raise and lower the heaviness of your garage door quite efficiently. Mechanically speaking, these openers are different from other available openers because they have fewer moving parts, which makes for less maintenance.
The Advantages: Screw-drive openers require very little movement to work therefore allowing them to efficiently raise and lower your garage door with extreme smoothness. While not as quiet as belt drive openers, these openers are a popular choice among homeowners. However, they are a bit more expensive than other types of openers, so this is something you’ll need to consider.
Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the pros at Tucson Garage Door Service for all of your garage door or garage door opener related questions, by calling us at (520) 423-4104.