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November 27, 2017

Garage Door Opener Installation

Planning to buy a new garage door opener or considering garage door opener installation?

Regardless of the case, you need to prepare yourself by knowing the different types of garage door openers available. There are basically 3 main types: chain drive, screw drive, and belt drive. But, there are also direct drive and Jackshaft models in the market.

The kind of garage door opener you need depends on the type of garage door you currently have .

Let's get to know each of these types.

Chain Drive

Considered as the most commonly used and the least expensive, chain drive door opener involves the use of chain for pulling or pushing a trolley that moves the door up and down. Not just cheaper in price, but reliable when used as well. This makes a good option to those who want to make their residential property look nicely without breaking the bank.

Raising and lowering the garage door is done smoothly with chain drive. An extension kit is included for eight- to ten-foot doors. Though it doesn't have the drawback of requiring adjustment, it should be done once or twice throughout its lifetime. For most types of chain drive door openers, adjustment only takes ten minutes.

The Good

  • Cheap and reliable option
  • Durable, can lift up two garage doors at a single time
  • Available almost in any store
  • Tend to last long since it is made of quality, strong materials

The Bad

  • Noisy, can be a problem for noise-sensitive individuals
  • Causes a slight vibration
  • Challenging to install - up to 4 to 6 hours needed for the installation process

Belt Drive

For many homeowners, belt drive door openers are regarded as the most luxurious option due to their sleekness and low noise level. Similar to chain drive, belt drive uses similar mechanisms. Although, it makes use of a belt instead of a chain.