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Chain Drive vs. Belt Drive
vs. Screw Drive

Electric garage door openers were first invented in 1926 by C.G. Johnson. As you can imagine, they’ve come a long way since then. This blog will discuss the three most common types of electric garage door openers and provide a quick rundown of their strengths and weaknesses.

Screw Drive Garage door Openers

What Is a Screw Drive Opener?

A screw drive electric opener is the most mechanically different of the three opener types. It relies on a carriage to ride on a threaded steel rod, which rotates to move the door.  

Strengths: There are fewer moving parts than a belt or chain drive motor. Screw drive openers are typically among the faster moving openers available.

Weaknesses: They don’t do as well in climates where the temperature widely varies, and they’re typically the most expensive of the three motors. Screw drives are also the hardest type to install.

Belt Drive Garage door Openers

What Is a Belt Drive Opener?

A belt drive opener relies on a belt and pulley system to lift and lower the door as it rides along the track. The belts are typically made of fiberglass, polyurethane or steel-enforced rubber. These openers are best for attached garages, especially if there is living space above the garage.

Strengths: Belt drive openers are the quietest of the three opener types. Belt drive openers are also more reliable.

Weaknesses: Belt drive openers cost a little more than a chain drive opener.

Chain Drive Garage Door openers

What Is a Chain Drive Opener?

A chain drive opener relies on a bicycle-like chain and pulley system to lift and lower the door as it rides along the track. These openers are best suited for detached garages.

Strengths: Chain drive openers are the cheapest type. They’re also the most reliable and the easiest to install.

Weaknesses: Chain drive motors are typically the noisiest of all the opener types, but with new DC-style motors, they have quieted down a bit.

When it comes down to it, the screw drive openers are the fastest but most expensive. Belt drive motors are the quietest but not the cheapest. Chain drive openers are the most reliable but also the noisiest.

When deciding which opener is best for your garage, it’s all about personal preference and which features are most important to you.

Share your thoughts and favorite opener types in the comments below!

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