Best Types of Garage Door Openers

Best Types of Garage Door Openers

Did you know that there are several alternatives to your standard garage door opener? If you have a home that was built in the last 30 years, you probably have a traditional chain-driven garage door opener that opens and closes your garage door by using a chain and a series of pulleys to lift your garage door open. While this is the standard garage door opener, there are alternatives that might be a better fit for your garage door needs. At Pacific Experts Garage Doors, we’ve installed and maintained garage doors that use every kind of opener. Which of these openers is the best? Well, it depends on a few factors.

Chain Driven Garage Door Opener

Chain-driven garage door openers are your standard garage door openers that you may find in your own garage. These openers use a heavy-duty chain in tandem with several pulley systems to open and close your garage door. These systems are quite durable, lasting up to 7 to 10 years when maintained properly, making them a cost-effective choice for most homes. The drawback of these garage doors is that there are many moving mechanical parts that require tuning up and maintenance in order to last the full expected lifetime. They are also quite noisy while operating due to all of the moving parts.

Belt Driven Garage Door Opener

Belt-driven garage door openers are very similar to chain-driven openers in the way that they operate. With these systems, the garage door opens and closes the same way it would with a chain-driven system, except that instead of chains, the garage door opener uses a belt which cuts back on the noise from the machine. These belts are made of steel;-reinforced rubber, which costs slightly more than chains, but they do open the door quicker and last longer than chains. The trade-off there is apparent.

Screw Driven Garage Door Opener

In contrast to belt and chain-driven motors, screw-driven garage doors operate by pushing and pulling rather than by lifting. Screw-driven garage doors use a series of trolleys to push a threaded steel rod that opens the garage door. These garage door motors have fewer moving parts than traditional garage door openers meaning that maintenance costs are lower. However, these do tend to become misaligned quite easily in regions where temperatures fluctuate. These garage door openers are not very common here in Las Vegas, where summer temperatures soar into the triple digits.

Pacific Experts Garage Doors Las Vegas

Pacific Experts Garage Doors is your trusted Las Vegas garage door company. We specialize in residential and commercial garage door installations, maintenance, and repairs. At Pacific Experts Garage Doors, we service all major brands of garage doors and garage door openers. Contact us today to speak with one of our expert technicians about which garage door opener is best for your needs.