Which Garage Door Opener Is Right for Me?

Posted on Monday 2nd November 2020

Whether you’re thinking of a first-time install or looking for a replacement garage door opener, you’ll be spoilt for choice. So, which is the best garage door opener for you?

Factors to Consider Beforehand

automatic garage door opener electric engine gear mounted on ceiling with emergency cord Before you go on the hunt for the best garage door opener, here are a few things to consider before you make your choice:
  • Budget
  • Features
  • Horsepower
These three factors will help you determine which garage door opener is best suited to your needs.

Types of Garage Door Openers

Now that you know what to look out for as you look for your next garage door opener, let’s quickly look at the different types of garage door openers on the market.

Chain-driven

This type of garage door opener uses a chain to pull the trolley that lifts or lowers the garage door when the garage door opener remote is pressed. Because of the metal to metal contact in the system, they tend to be noisy and require the most maintenance.

Belt-driven

Belt-driven garage door openers use a belt instead of a chain. Because of this, they tend to be quieter than chain-drive models and require less maintenance.

Screw-driven

Screw-driven garage door openers use a threaded rod to lift or lower the garage door. As the rod rotates, it moves the trolley along the track, resulting in the door going up or down. These are quiet and also require less maintenance.

Direct-driven

With this type of garage door opener, the motor itself acts as the trolley and moves along the track as it raises or lowers the garage door. Because there’s only one moving part—the motor—these are the quietest garage openers.

Jack-shaft

These are unique in that the system is mounted on the wall beside the garage door and connected to the garage door’s torsion bar to lift or lower the garage door.

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