While different garage door openers do their job in making sure your garage door opens and closes properly, each different style provides different pros and cons. Two of the most popular styles of openers are the chain drive and the belt drive openers. Here are some ways they differ and in some ways, they’re the same.
The Difference in The Construction
Both openers are similarly constructed. Chain drive openers use a basic roller chain and pulley system. When prompted, the chain drive system pulls the door up and down along the overhead tracks.
The belt drive system uses a strong belt made out of rubber instead of a chain mechanism. The belt can be reinforced by steel interwoven into the principal material for heavier doors. That’s why a belt drive opener may be the right choice if you have a heavier door.
Which Is More Durable?
When checked for regular maintenance, chain drive openers rarely malfunction without outside damage. Since the parts are mostly made out of metal, frequent lubrication is required to prevent rust. Failing to do so can result in rust and further damage to the system.
Just like the chain drive openers, the belt drive needs regular lubrication to help prevent rust. This is because the malleable nature of the belt drive leaves it susceptible to lubrication discrepancies. If both receive maintenance regularly, they can both be durable and last for a long time.
How Noisy Are They?
Since both openers are made from metal, they can often be pretty noisy. This is because the metal parts clank together when the door is opening and closing. The noise can be made worse if there is rust on the system.
This is why making sure your opener system receives regular maintenance is important for the wellbeing of your garage door. When taken care of, the belt drive systems are basically silent as a whisper. You shouldn’t have to worry about noise if your garage door is regularly checked for maintenance.
Which is Faster?
Both door opener systems raise and close slowly. You want your garage door to close and open slowly because it helps keep you and your family safe. A fast closing door can place you and your valuables in danger.
The speed of the belt drive system is typically more consistent due to its construction. By using a belt and pulley, the belt drive will open and close consistently if properly serviced. Your garage door closing and opening slowly helps the system detect any issues and reverse the door operation.
What Garage Door Opener Is Best For You?
What garage door opener is best for you may come down to personal preference. If you still can’t decide which one to choose, it may be time to give on of our professionals a call. We will help you make the right decision.