The Different Types of Garage Door Drive Openers

Empty double garage with automatic doorA garage provides a safe place to park your car, adds storage space to your home, and gives inventors and builders a place to practice their craft. Your garage door has a great responsibility to protect what’s in your garage and keep you and your family safe by being able to open and close at a moment’s notice.

When you are looking to install a new garage door or get a replacement, understanding what type of garage door drive opener is best for your needs can make all the difference. Here is a detailed analysis of the different types of garage door drive openers so that you can determine which one is right for you:

Chain Drive Openers

Chain drive openers are the most recognizable and widely used garage door opener on the market. With simple mechanics, they are an economical option for any garage door. These systems provide high-powered, reliable service with an impressive lifespan, especially with proper and routine maintenance.

Chain drive openers use a metal chain to operate a trolley, which raises and closes your garage door. This type of garage door opener is extremely popular with homeowners, due to its lower cost but endurability. For more modern conveniences, you may look into investing in a garage door that has wifi capability to allow you to open or close your garage door with your phone. If you are looking for a garage door opener that can work under any budget or in any situation, a chain drive opener may be the right option for you.

Belt Drives

Belt drives are the strongest garage door openers on the market. They are made up of a flexible loop of rubber or other similar material (depending on the manufacturer) and are used to run two or more pulleys. These belts transfer power from the crank or camshaft to the garage door, allowing it to open smoothly. Belt drive garage door openers can be equipped with a wireless control panel that allows you to open your garage door with a remote, a button on your car, or even from your smartphone. Belt drives also have automatic self-adjusting limits, allowing your garage door to gauge how much force or power it needs to use. This helps reduce strain on the opener, improving its energy efficiency and lifespan.

One of the other biggest benefits of belt drives is a warranty, which can, depending on the manufacturer, last up to the drive’s lifetime. This warranty can give any homeowner peace of mind knowing that, on the off-chance, the belt drive breaks down, it can be covered. Other unique features that can be added to the belt drive include DC motors with self-lubricating gears encased in steel housings and an automatic closing feature.

When it comes to garage door openers, no one knows them better than the experts at Action Garage Door Repair Specialists. Our team is always going through ongoing training to keep us up to date with the newest innovations in garage door opener technology. Whether you are looking to get repairs or a brand new installation, there is no one better to call than Action Garage Door. Contact us today for more information.

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