The Neighborhood Garage Door repair team gets questions from customers asking if they should consider buying a belt drive garage door opener. Today we are going to take a look at the types of garage door openers and the advantages of getting a belt drive opener.
What Types of Garage Door Openers are Available?
There are three types of garage door openers commonly used for residential purposes. Chain drive and belt drive openers are used by 95% of homeowners. The three types available are:
- Chain Drive – This is the most commonly used garage door opener. A chain operates the trolley that pulls the garage door up and down.
- Belt Drive – These use a reinforced steel belt instead of a chain to open your garage door.
- Screw Drive – Uses a threaded steel screw to operate the garage door trolley.
What are the Advantages of a Belt Drive Opener?
Many new homeowners are putting belt-driven garage door openers in their homes. There are several reasons homeowners prefer a belt drive garage door opener. The reasons they prefer the belt drive are:
Belt-driven garage door openers are the quietest of three types of openers. Chain and screw drives have a lot of metal parts operating every time the door is used. This creates a lot of noise. A belt-driven opener uses a reinforced steel belt made of polyurethane, fiberglass or rubber belt. This makes the operation of a belt-driven opener so quiet it’s almost silent. A belt-driven door openers quiet operation is especially appreciated if your home has a room above your garage or a room next to your garage.
A belt-driven garage door opener is smooth and steady. This makes the door itself open smoothly, with less chatter and vibration. The steady operation makes it faster than other styles of garage door openers.
Have More Power
The weight of the garage door is applied evenly across the belt-driven garage door opener. That is not the case with a chain drive where the weight is carried by a few links at a time. A belt-driven opener can pick up a heavy single door and all but the heaviest double doors.
Easy to Install
Belt drive garage door openers are available at nearly all home improvement stores. Once you know what measurements are needed the system is fairly easy to install. Just install the mounting brackets and put the opener in, and you’re all set.
Belt drives do not need lubrication as chain drives do. Also, when the belt needs replacement the belt is easier to replace than a chain drive.
Give Us A Call
If you have questions about which garage door opener is best for you, give your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team a call. We sell all types of garage door types made by several different manufacturers. We are here to answer any questions you might have so give us a call. We are here to help you in any way we can.