What Kind of Garage Door Opener Do You Need03/31/2017 Back To Blog
Different openers have different features and capabilities. You may have a light, heavy, residential or commercial door, and each may require different openers.
Types of Drives
There are various different drives available for the different openers. Read on to learn about the differences, pros and cons.
Belt drives work smoother, they make less noise and theoretically require less maintenance than chain drives. If you want your garage door function as smoothly and quietly as possible the belt drive is likely the option that will suit you best. The other advantage of a belt drive is their affordability. Where a chain and screw drive are made from robust hard metals the belt drive is made from lighter more flexible materials and is typically available at lower prices. Its flexibility is what allows the belt drive to absorb vibrations. This in turn is what effectively dampens the noise it makes, while also meaning it deals with strain more efficiently than a chain drive will. One of the core disadvantages of a belt drive on other machinery can be the accumulation of excess heat. On a garage door system however, this is less of an issue as the device is not likely going to be used continuously for hours throughout the day.
Chain drives are the traditional option for opener systems. They are perceived as the strong, reliable and safe option in terms of durability and getting the job done. They are also widely available which makes them easy and affordable to procure and replace. One of the most important factors to consider is noise. The chains used on these drives are not typically very effective at absorbing vibrations and this means they often make some noise. It is common for this noise to increase as the system ages. For this reason chain drives are usually more popular for those with a detached garage. If you garage is attached, a belt drive might prove a less disruptive option to consider.
Screw drives function quite differently to the above two alternatives. Their design incorporates a trolley that runs along a threaded steel pole which provides the rotations to maneuver the door. These drives are designed to fit perfectly to the door so that the scope for loosening over time is vastly reduced. They are the priciest of the three drives mentioned but often require the least basic maintenance as they have fewer moving parts. They are typically built to be extremely robust and compact which means they last for long periods of time without needing repair or replacement. It is common for a screw drives to make more noise than a belt drive but offer motion that is equally as smooth. If you want a simple drive that will offer smooth function for a long time and will require little care and maintenance attention in the near future, this is the drive to aim for.
What to Consider When Buying an Opener
It is important to always ensure you buy the correct opener system for your door design. Every opener package will have specifications for its height, weight and power limits. You must check these to ensure you are fitting the correct opener to your door. One of the key consideration is how you want the door to be activated on a daily basis. A remote controller is not the only option available. You can have a clicker that is mounted on a wall. This can be a good idea if you have infants and want to place the controls out of their reach. Smart openers are available now that allow you to open the door from your smartphone or tablet. If you are a fan of mobile technology and enjoy having your daily routine controllable from apps on your phone, this is a very suitable option. Installation of modern openers can be tricky. The sensors, mains supply, pressure configuration and drive system must all be assembled and installed perfectly for the device to function smoothly and safely. Most of the time this process is best handled by a trained expert from a professional garage door company. They will be able to ensure your door is up and running in an efficient time frame, as well as ensure all components and parts are fitted correctly.