You probably don’t often find yourself contemplating garage door openers. That being said, the time may come when you need to replace yours or have one installed for the first time. Automatic garage door openers used to be a novel luxury. Today, we now take their rudimentary convenience for granted. Should you ever need to purchase or replace one, it’s worth it to be familiar with the best type of garage door opener for your house.
There are four main types of garage door openers:
Chain Drive Openers
Chain drive openers use a chain pulley system to bring up your garage door. It’s the oldest type of garage door opener, but it remains a popular choice for its ability to lift a variety of garage door types, including the heavier ones. That being said, they make a lot of noise so they’re not the best option for people whose bedroom or home office is directly above or adjacent to the garage. However, if cost is a factor, chain drive models are generally the most inexpensive.
Belt Drive Openers
Belt drive openers are often the best type of garage door opener for most people. They work off the same concept of the chain drive opener, but the chain is replaced with rubber reinforced with metal wires, like a tire. They are much quieter than chain drive openers, and therefore more desirable. In addition, they operate much more quickly than the chain drive doors, but they cannot support the same amount of weight. Thus, they’re better for people with lightweight garage doors that want their garage door to open quietly.
Screw Drive Opener
On the spectrums of cost and noise, screw drive openers fall in between chain and belt drives. Here, a long metal rod is threaded like a screw. The rod turns in the mechanism, and that’s what opens and closes the door. Because screw drive openers have comparatively fewer moving parts, they hold up better throughout the years. That being said, this type of opener is not good for heavier doors, as the weight will cause the threading to wear more quickly than normal.
Jackshaft openers are unique in that they mount to the side of the garage door, as opposed to over the top of it. They work quickly, and quietly, however, they are the most expensive of the four types. They’re ideal for people who want the overhead storage in their garage, or for garages that have ceilings which greatly exceed the door height (i.e. cathedral or sloped roofs).
So, What’s the Best Type of Garage Door Opener?
The best type of garage door opener really comes down to a matter of personal preference and circumstance. If your garage door is on the hefty side, you’ll want to opt for a chain drive. Maybe you have a home office right over the garage, so a belt drive might be more your style. Is garage storage is at a premium? You need as much space as you can get, so you may want to spend a little more and invest in a jackshaft opener. It’s all about what’s most important to you.
In addition to these, some openers also provide app connectivity through your smartphone. Long gone are the days when you would have to get out of your car and manually open the garage door. Now, with a simple press of a button on your smartphone, you can open your garage from your car. You don’t even have to worry about losing the remote; your phone is your remote!
If this ultimate convenience sounds desirable to you, Liberty Door and Awning offers a residential model of garage door opener that allows you to control light and door functions from anywhere in the world. You can check out this and other models in our inventory, or stop by our showroom.