Types of Garage Door Openers

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Many homeowners don’t realize that there are a few different types of garage door openers. Depending on the size and weight of the door, the space available in the garage, and your budget, you have several to choose from. Keep reading to learn more about each type and its benefits.

Chain Drive

A chain drive is one of the most common types of garage door openers. It is also the most affordable and very dependable which makes it a popular choice among homeowners. The metal chain and gear are reliable even for heavy doors but they can be noisy.

Belt Drive

Belt drive openers have a similar mechanical function to chain drives which makes them just as reliable but a belt drive is much quieter. These openers are a bit more expensive but with the added benefit of less noise, they can be less disruptive if the door is opened at night when the family might be sleeping.

Screw Drive

Screw drive garage door openers are quiet and fast but best for lightweight or single-car garage doors. The screw and gears can wear down quickly with heavier doors and constant use. You’ll also need to make sure you lubricate the gears and screw regularly to prevent premature wear. These are also recommended for homes that have separate one-car sized garage doors for a larger garage space.

Wall Mount

Wall-mounted garage door openers are also called jackshaft or direct drive openers. These are ideal when there is little space for a traditional, overhead garage door opener. They use a system of pulleys and cables to effectively raise and lower the door. Wall-mounted openers are dependable and some of the quietest openers available. Depending on your needs, they may be similar in price to a belt drive option so if you’re upgrading, be sure to consider a wall mount as well.

Smart Garage Door Openers

These days, technology is everywhere, and it’s even reached your garage door. New smart systems can alert you if your garage door has been left open, let you open and close it from your smartphone, and even connect it to the rest of your smart home upgrades via your hub. Smart garage door openers sometimes come with optional add-ons like carbon-monoxide sensors or a parking-assist feature.

If you are replacing your garage door opener, thinking of upgrading it, or installing one for the first time, you should consider all your options. Call or text the Garage Door Doctor today at (281) 855-9300 or (281) 578-7659 to schedule an appointment.