When it comes to garage door openers, there are 3 primary types currently available: chain drives, belt drives, and screw drives. None of them are necessarily better than the other. They each have their own set of distinct advantages and disadvantages. Which one you choose will depend on your preferences.
Garage Door Opener Comparison
1) Belt Drives
A garage door belt drive is going to be a slightly more expensive option when compared to your standard chain drive belt. These drives are essentially identical except that belt drives allow for much quieter and smoother operation thanks to the use of a belt instead of chain. In addition, they can operate the door slightly quicker than chain. The only downside is they may not be able to lift heavy doors, so be sure to check the specifications before you purchase one.
2) Chain Drives
A garage door chain drive is one of the most common types of automatic garage door openers. They utilize a chain which raises and lowers the door. They are the most affordable but the chain can generate noise and vibration. This may not be a bad thing if you’re wanting to know when someone opens your garage door. Recent technological advances have led to quieter chain drives, so they shouldn’t be overly noisy.
3) Screw Drives
In general, a garage door screw drive is the most expensive option when it comes to an opener. They use a completely different mechanism than the pushing and pulling on chain and belt drives. The primary benefit is that there are less moving parts which mean less maintenance. Your garage door will open smoothly due to how it operates but it does generate some noise like a chain drive.
If you’re not sure what option works best for you, consider discussing it with your garage door repair company for guidance in choosing the best one.