When automatic garage doors were first invented, there was only one type of garage door opener. Today, there are three: chain drive, belt drive and screw drive. Chain drive garage door openers rely on a chain to push the trolly that moves the J-arm. It is this action that raises and lowers the garage door. Belt drives replace the chain with a belt, but otherwise operate in the same way. Screw drive garage door openers are different. Before you buy your next garage door opener, here’s what you need to know about screw drive models.
What Is a Screw Drive Garage Door Opener?
Screw drive garage door openers rely on a threaded bar, similar to the threaded bar of a screw, to provide the motion that opens and closes the garage door. The threaded bar rotates in one direction to open the door, and rotates in another direction to close the door.
Benefits of Screw Drive Garage Doors
Screw drive garage door openers provide a lot of power in a compact device. For homeowners who have large, heavy, or oversized garage doors, screw drive garage door openers can handle the weight of the door without burning out early.
Screw drive garage door openers are also quieter than chain drive garage door openers, which are known to be the loudest of the three devices. Homeowners who would buy a belt drive garage door opener because they like the quiet action of the device are generally drawn to screw drive garage door openers for the quiet, smooth operation.
In addition, screw drive garage door openers are more energy efficient. Less energy is needed to operate a screw drive garage door opener because these devices have fewer moving parts.
Maintaining Your Screw Drive Garage Door Opener
Screw drive garage door openers need to be maintained just like types of garage door openers. Much of the noise created by garage door openers can be quieted through periodic applications of lubricant. Work with your garage door contractor to get regular tune ups to keep your screw drive garage door opener in good condition.
Contact Your Garage Door Opener Contractor
At Overhead Door of Oklahoma, we sell quality products like the Destiny 1500 and Odyssey 1200. To find out more about our garage door openers, contact us today to make an appointment for consultation.