What Type Of Garage Door Opener Should I Choose?


There are a couple of commonly used garage door systems. The one you choose will depend on your biggest needs. Here are some of the pros and cons of the common garage door opener types.

Belt Drive

A belt drive opener uses a rubber belt to raise the garage door. The biggest pro of this type of door is that it's very quiet; it can easily operate the garage door without waking residents who are directly above the garage. One of the biggest drawbacks is that the parts can be more delicate and need replacing quicker than other garage door openers; for instance, the rubber belt may wear thin or snap after several years of use. Also, be sure that your garage door opener has enough horsepower to support your door; belt drives tend to be one of the more underpowered opener types.

Direct Drive

A direct drive garage door opener is great for those who want a very reliable opener and can afford to pay a bit more. The direct drive has a motor that operates directly on the garage door track; the motor pulls the garage door along the track. Since there are fewer moving parts, there is often less breakage.

Screw Drive

Screw drive garage door openers use a screw-like metal rod; as the garage door opens, the cords attached to the garage door thread around the rod. These garage doors are one of the most long-lasting options for garage door openers, since they have sturdy parts. The opener excels at distributing the weight of the garage door while opening it, so that no one point has more tension than the others.

Chain Drive

Finally, chain drive openers can be a good option if you want something that's affordable but also heavy duty. This is the type of garage door opener that would be useful if you had an exceptionally heavy garage door, such as a steel or aluminum door with storm bracing attached. Chain drives are a bit noisy, however, so they are perfect for garage doors that are more detached from the main house.

Choosing between garage door openers can be difficult, since each system has its unique perks. It's often a good idea to consult your garage door repair and installation specialist on garage door materials, styles, and opener options to ensure that your system's components are in harmony and that the system is affordable for you. For more information, contact local professionals like Aladdin Doors of Raleigh.


30 November 2016

Buying a Dream Home

One of the most exciting, memorable, and rewarding events in someone’s life is searching for his or her dream home. I certainly remember my days of house hunting fondly. If you’re currently searching for a new place, you need to consider several factors when touring potential homes. One important characteristic is garage doors. Since you’ll likely be opening and closing these doors almost every day for the next several years, you need to like them. When looking at a prospective home, pay close attention to the size, style, and functionality of its garage doors. On this blog, I hope you will discover some of the most popular styles of garage doors installed in homes today. Enjoy!