Differences Between Garage Door Opener Styles and Models
The three most common garage door openers are driven by belt, chain, or side-mount. Factors such as price, durability, and technological advances have each contributed to the garage door openers on the market today. Let’s take a look at each type of garage door opener.
Belt Driven Garage Door Openers
These are the most popular garage door opener in today’s market for several reasons. The belt is reinforced with steel just like the belts in your vehicle. The belt is able to be both quiet and durable. Belt driven garage door openers also brought wireless control from anywhere in the world using our phones and laptops, automatic self-adjusting limits, lifetime warranties on major drive components, DC motors with self-lubricating gears encased in steel housings, automatic closing features, cameras and more.
Chain Driven Garage Door Openers
Most consumers are choosing not to have chain driven garage door openers installed, which has led to a change in retail sales focus for large corporations. Chain drives are rarely available even at your typical home improvement stores. There are models that account for the growing demand for wood faced, or “overlay” garage doors. These garage doors are much heavier- up to twice as heavy. For this reason, a heavy-duty chain drive can be quite practical for such applications.
Jackshaft “Side-Mount” Garage Door Openers
The jackshaft garage door openers are applied to the side of a garage door, rather than along the ceiling. Side-mount openers use a shaft collar that attaches the opener to the end of the garage door shaft. When installed properly, the jackshaft is much more useful for situations that call for high lift garage doors, or homes with ceiling clearance issues. These openers are handy to free up storage space above the garage door.