Your garage is one of your home’s most heavily used entry points, so choosing the right garage door opener for your needs is critical. There are several different factors to consider when deciding. In this article, Automatic Garage Door Company highlights the different types of garage door openers on the market along with their features.
Chain drives are the most popular garage door opener drive system. They are very cost-effective and durable. Chain drives use a metal chain on a sprocket to lift the door up and down its tracks. This garage door opener can lift the even the heaviest Ohio garage doors, so they’re an excellent choice if you have a custom wood garage door.
Screw drives use a long metal rod threaded like a screw as a lifting mechanism. They’re very reliable and easy to maintain because they have relatively few moving parts compared to other options. Screw drives are most effective with single-car garage doors or steel doors because the thinner materials don’t put as much strain on the inner works of the drive. Screw drives offer fast opening speeds, with newer models opening at 10”-12” per second.
Belt drives feature extremely quiet and smooth operation, so they’re ideal for garages near living spaces. They are as strong as chain drives and can handle all kinds of OH garage doors. The current of your belt drive opener is important, so consider it. Alternating current belt drives start and stop at full power, which can cause the door to jerk into movement. Direct current belt drives on the other hand start and stop gently.
Hopefully you’ll have some idea of which garage door openers are the best fit for your home. If you need more advice, Automatic Garage Door Company is here to help. We’ve served Northeast Ohio for over 30 years, providing first-class garage door services and high quality garage doors and accessories.
Our factory-trained technicians have experience handling and installing virtually any type or brand of garage door opener. Call us at (330) 626-3311 if you would like to learn more about garage door openers or to get a free no-obligation estimate.