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How to Choose the Best Garage Door Opener for Your Home

There are lots of little gadgets around your home that you probably don’t give a second thought about — until something goes wrong. Then you really appreciate how much those gadgets improve your everyday life and add to the convenience and ease of even the simplest activities.

Your garage door opener probably falls into this category. Every day, your opener works tirelessly to open and close your garage door for you with just the simple click of a button or switch. Then one day — nothing. The good news is, choosing the best garage door opener to replace your old one isn’t rocket science — but it does require a little research.

Chain vs. Screw vs. Belt Drives

Most garage door openers use one of three mechanisms: Chain drives, screw drives or belt drives. Chain-drive openers tend to be the least costly option, and they’re also among the most popular. In a chain-drive opener, a metal chain and sprocket work together to raise and lower your garage door.

Chain drives can be a really good option for very heavy doors and wind-rated doors, as well as traditional one-piece wooden doors. However, as popular and dependable as they are, chain-drive options can also be noisy, which may be a consideration depending on where your garage is located.

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Screw-drive openers use a metal rod that’s threaded like a screw. When you open or close your garage door, the screw lengthens or shortens to raise it or lower it. Screw drives use fewer moving parts than a chain-drive option, and they tend to be quieter. However, they also generally need more maintenance to ensure they operate smoothly. Typically, that means lubricating the screw and the teeth that “catch” the screw and hold it in place.

Belt-drive garage door openers are very quiet. These openers use a special belt-and-cog system to raise and lower the door. The belt itself is made of a durable, flexible material, cutting down on noise during operation. Belt-drive options might be a bit more costly, but the unit’s smooth operation means many homeowners find the added expense worth the cost.

Think About Horsepower

Most garage door openers use ½ horsepower, and for standard doors, it’s generally plenty of power. However, depending on what drive you’re using and whether you have a heavy wooden door, a wind-rated door or a door with plenty of insulation, it might not be enough for routine operation.

In those cases, a ¾-HP opener might make more sense. These larger motors are generally more durable and longer-lasting than ½-HP openers, but they’re also more costly.

Get a Pro’s Opinion

Not sure which opener to choose? No worries. Give our team a call and we can help you choose the best garage door opener for your needs, so you can get back to enjoying a garage door that works how and when you need it to.

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FAQs

What are the main types of garage door opener mechanisms?

Chain drives, screw drives, and belt drives.

Are chain-drive openers noisy?

Yes, they can be noisy, which may be a concern depending on the garage’s location.

Are screw-drive openers quiet?

Generally, yes, they tend to be quieter than chain-drive openers.

What maintenance is required for screw-drive openers?

They need regular lubrication of the screw and teeth for smooth operation.

What horsepower is typically used for standard garage doors?

Most use ½ horsepower, which is sufficient for standard doors.

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Kristen Mangum
Kristen Mangum
2022-12-21
Friendly customer service. Bought a hard to find remote for an old garage door opener. Opener has 3 buttons so I can program both doors to it. Easy to find location right off 29th St.
Robert Ballinger
Robert Ballinger
2022-12-12
Great people
Betsy Chronister
Betsy Chronister
2022-09-13
I was given a very fair quote. A week later a tech came and installed. Then came back to install lock. Tech was very professional and polite. Spen time with me making adjustments to my liking. I totally recommend Overhead door to my fellow Okies.
Hendrix Morrow
Hendrix Morrow
2022-06-29
Overhead Door did a great job. They got me on the schedule the next day and fixed my spring in 30 minutes or less. Joe was great, professional, and courteous. Awesome service, and he didn't tell me I needed extra materials like the previous garage door people that quoted me $575. Overhead Door told me a price over the phone and it didn't change. I'd recommend them every time.
Sandy Molleda Molleda
Sandy Molleda Molleda
2022-03-22
A very good place for a new garage door and a new remote.
John Ehrhardt
John Ehrhardt
2022-01-28
Pleased with their services. Coil spring broke and door stopped working. Spoke to Ron, and less than 24 hrs later the technician had us up n running again. These guys did exactly what they promised to do, with no nonsense. I like that.

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