The kind of garage door opener you need depends not only on the type of door you have, but your lifestyle. Noise sensitivity, number of cars, and door weight are all factors to consider before choosing a garage door opener.
Belt Drive Opener
If your garage door is beneath or near your bedroom, then you may want to invest in a quieter drive mechanism. Belt drives are typically quieter than chain drives. They usually come with a lifetime warranty, but may cost a bit more. Longevity is average.
Chain Drive Openers
If you have a larger than average door or a door made of heavy material such as wood, then a chain drive opener may be the one for you. Chain drive openers are rugged and reliable, requiring little maintenance. Some chain drive openers also come with a backup battery, which can be a huge benefit in the event of a power outage. Chain drives, on average, have better longevity than belt drives. Belt drives are prone to snapping or breaking apart over time. A chain drive, on the other hand, is virtually guaranteed never to break.
Direct Drive Openers
Direct drive openers are quickly gaining a reputation as the best, most technologically advanced garage door opener available today. Other openers operate with a stationary motor that pulls a chain or belt. With a direct drive opener, the motor moves along a stationary chain, providing virtually silent operation. This kind of opener is good for families with infant children or pets sensitive to noise.
Screw Drive Openers
Screw drive openers operate on a trolley, riding on a threaded-steel rod. As the rod turns, the lifting mechanism travels along, raising or lowering the garage door. Unlike chain and belt drive openers, it doesn’t work by pushing or pulling. This type of garage door opener is good for wide or heavy doors. The noise level on this machine is medium, not quite as noisy as a chain drive, but not as quiet as a direct drive opener.
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