There’s no denying that installing a new garage door can be a costly investment. Keeping it operating as efficiently and effectively as possible depends on the type of garage door opener that it is coupled with. From chain to belt to direct drive openers, the process of choosing just the right opener can be confusing. Here’s a closer look at some of the most common garage door opener options.
The Common Types of Garage Door Openers
To make the most appropriate decision when choosing a garage door opener for your home, it is first important to understand the different styles. At TGS, we have a selection of top brands and models to choose from, which fall into the following categories:
Belt Drive Openers
These are the most popular type of garage door openers as they tend to be most affordable. They are also the quietest option available, ideal for non-detached garages that are close to bedrooms or living areas. Direct Current openers, as opposed to those which operate on Alternating Currents, don’t jerk into movement; rather they offer soft starts and stops which not only reduces noise further, but also reduces wear and tear. These ultra-quiet, ultra-dependable openers can even come equipped with Wi-Fi control and an abundance of security features.
Direct Driver Openers
Direct driver openers work similarly to belt drive openers as they, too, operate on an overhead rail with a chain. However, their motors move along a track and since the motor moves instead of the chain, these models are more powerful than a belt drive opener, perfect for lifting medium-heavy garage doors. Also, because the only real moving part of a direct drive opener is the motor, they typically come with extremely good warranties. They’re also quiet to operate, so this type of opener is beneficial for residents who may use their garage as the main entrance to their home or who may use their garage as a separate living space.
Chain openers are ideal for NJ residents who are planning to install a heavy and durable garage door at their property, such as may be the case for those living in areas where harsh weather conditions are frequent. This type of opener is incredibly powerful and reliable, as they come with a reinforced chassis that provides maximum support and cannot only cope with constant daily use but can also withstand heavy winds. Like the other types of garage door opener, they can be operated via smartphone and come with fail-safe security measures; however, they are noisy and do require regular maintenance to make sure they run efficiently.
So Which Garage Door Opener is Best for You?
- How frequently will you use your garage door? If you’re planning to use your garage door as the primary entry point to your home, it’s a good idea to invest in either a chain or direct driver garage door opener, as they are typically able to withstand more frequent daily use.
- How heavy is your garage door? The larger, heavier and more durable a garage door, the more powerful its garage door opener has to be to lift it. The strongest is the chain opener, followed by the direct driver and lastly the belt drive.
- Do you live in an area which has regular power outages? If you do, you’ll want to choose an opener that has a DC battery back-up. That way, if the power does go out, you don’t have to worry about carrying out often cumbersome manual methods of entry. While many garage door openers offer battery back-up, it may come as an optional extra.
- Is there a bedroom or living space near or above the garage? If this is the case, you’ll need to choose the type of garage door opener that offers minimal disturbance. A direct drive or belt garage door opener is most ideal product for these kinds of instances.
Contact us today for a no-obligation consultation about which garage door opener is best suited to your home and lifestyle. We also invite you to browse current garage door coupons and rebates, designed to help you save!