Garage door openers come in a variety of different models. Each name brand has its own set of different series that are each designed to fit various needs. The three most common drive systems residential garage door openers use are the chain, belt, and screw.
The Different Brands
Before we explain more about each drive system, we'd first like to let you know something else. While each manufacturer has its own different features to add to each of their models, the basis remains similar. The differences come from the added upgrades, the quality of the units and the specific intent they were designed for. Companys like Liftmaster and Genie, as well as Sears and Windsor, are known for their high quality and reliable products.
Chain Drive OpenersAutomatic units that use chains as their main drive system are generally the most inexpensive ones. However, they are also the noisiest. The rattling and clunking the chain will make each time you'll open or close your door can become annoying if you are susceptible to such nuisances. The maintenance needs of units of this type are also relatively high. If you can deal with the noise and more frequent maintenance work, the economical chain-driven opener is a good option to have.
Screw Drive UnitsThese automatic door openers are usually more expensive than the chain-drive models, but they offer the advantages of strength and durability, fewer maintenance requirements, as well as lower noise output. These openers use a worm screw that moves a grooved carriage as it turns. They are similar to chain-driven units but instead of using a chain, the grooved carriage attached to the garage door is directly moved up or down by the motion of its eponymous screw. Because of their setup, the spring will no longer be the most essential support component of the door. The grooved carriage and screw will also provide solid support to prevent the door from abruptly falling.
Belt Drive OpenersThese units are very similar to chain-drive units in their operation, with the main difference being that they use a steel-reinforced rubber belt instead. This makes their operation considerably quieter than any other type. However, that also makes openers of this type more expensive than other ones. They also require relatively a lot of maintenance but can be well worth the money and effort if your garage is near a bedroom.
Consult With Our Experts
Our team at Garage Door Repair Highland Park can help you find the perfect opener for your door. We'll advise you on which safety and security features are worth considering, and, once you've made an informed decision, we'll install your new opener quickly and safely. Call us today for more information.