Garage Door Openers

Everything you need to know about garage door openers

Garage Door Openers

A Garage door consists of many parts. One of the main parts of a garage door system is the garage door opener, which is basically a motorized device that is used to open and close the garage door.

Types of garage door openers

In this article, we will discuss the several types of garage door openers, and their characteristics. Each of those types has their pros and cons, just like everything else in this world!

Types of Garage Door Openers

Chain-drive opener

The chain-drive opener was the standard type of garage door openers and is still the most common and popular. A lot of people prefer this type because they are known to be cheap and reliable.  

Cost: low-cost

Noise: They are loud.

Pros and cons: The chain-drive openers are known to be strong and reliable. The chain is less likely to snap because it is made of strong material. They are also the cheapest type of garage door openers. of course, There are advanced features that you can install on chain-drive, and that would increase their price. Some of the cons of chain-drive opener is that it is not very smooth and quiet like belt-drive opener.

Belt-drive opener

Cost: more expensive than chain-drive opener.

Noise: smooth, Quiet, and they open and close faster

Pros and cons: The pros of belt-drive garage door opener is that they are quiet and reliable. If your garage door is located near bedrooms, it’s probably a good idea to install belt-drive garage door opener because they are quiet and make less noise than chain-drives. They also open and close faster than chain drives. The cons of belt-drives are that they are more expensive than their competitor, chain drives. They are also weaker than chain drives, the belt-drive “belt” is more likely to break or snap overtime.

Screw-drive opener

Unlike other garage door openers, screw drive garage door openers are known to have a more complex mechanism. Instead of pulling up the door, it uses a threaded metal rod and the garage door track to glide the garage door over the track

Cost: expensive

Noise: loud

Pros and cons. The pros of screw-drive is that they are very reliable and heavy duty.  The cons of screw-drive openers are that they need regular tune-up, and lubrication to keep them operating safely, and to keep them last longer.

Wall mount garage door openers

From their name, Wall-mounted garage door openers are installed, or attached on either side of the garage door, left or right, and they are typically used in garage doors with low-ceiling and minimal garage door space. On the other hand, the cons of wall-mount openers is that they can’t lift heavy-weight garage doors.

Cost: more expensive than other garage door openers

Noise: quiet

Pros and cons: The pros of wall-mount openers is that if you have irregularly shaped ceiling, that is high, then this is the best option for you. It allows you to make use of your ceiling space for storage purposes. that if you don’t have much space, or low ceiling in your garage door, you can install wall-mounted, sometimes called Jackshaft, garage door openers.

Smart Garage Door Openers

Some people like to have latest technology installed, as well as a more modernized garage door system. Smart garage door openers are Wi-Fi enabled and can be controlled from your phone through an app. This app will allow you to control your garage door, and check the status of it, to see whether it is open, or closed.

Cost: expensive

Noise: quiet

Pros and con: Wi-Fi enabled garage door openers like LifeMaster myQ has many smart features, and high security. Many smart openers come installed with cameras to allow you to see who is coming in and out of your garage door. If you are someone who likes modern technology, and ready to make the investment, then the LiftMaster myQ is what we recommend.

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