If your garage door opener is past its prime and you’re in need of a replacement, there are many things to consider before you commit to a new one. Should you install it yourself or hire a professional? Will it have the latest safety and security features? Will it have batter back up in case of a power outage or emergency? How much should you pay? Brand name or lesser known brand? Will the garage door opener be covered by warrantee? How big is your door, and what kind of garage door opener will accommodate it? Each of these questions is worth considering. However, the first feature you’ll want to to pay attention to is the kind of drive your prefer.
It’s likely that your garage door will go up and down several times each day, and it’s worth keeping that in mind when you pick out a type of drive. A garage door opener will either be a chain, a belt, or a screw system. The difference between each one comes down to price and noise level. Chain-drive garage door openers are the oldest style, and still the most popular due to their generally good price value, and despite the fact that they are usually very noisy.
On the other hand, a belt drive garage door opener is the same as a chain drive opener except that they use a rubber belt instead of a chain, making them the quietest type of garage door opener available. Although a rubber belt opener is also the most expensive option, many homeowners prefer them — especially if they are underneath a bedroom or otherwise adjacent to a room where the constant clanging of the garage door opener chain won’t be appreciated. Then again, some home owners like that the noise the garage door opener makes will alert them to the comings and goings in the house.
Lastly, screw drive openers are slightly more costly, but also the easiest to install yourself. Another benefit of screw drive openers is that they require very little maintenance because they have so few moving parts