Garage Doors: Breaking Down The Basics

Garage Doors: Breaking Down The Basics

At Pacific Garage Experts our mission is to help our customers so they can make the best decision when it comes to choosing a garage opener. With that responsibility, we also take pride in providing the best info. We know shopping for a garage opener can be difficult, so we’re providing you with the tools you need to make the best-educated decision for your home or business.

Types Of Garage Door Openers

When it comes to garage doors there are really 3 main types that are available in the market. Each type varies in cost and maintenance so it depends on your budget.

Chain Driven Garages

This type of garage door opener is the most commonly found within homes. It’s operated by a heavy-duty chain that works together with a pulley system. The two work side by side to open and close your garage door. Although this is commonly found in garages, some people dislike them because of the loud noises the machine makes when opening and closing your garage door. There are alternatives to a noisy garage door opener.

Belt Driven Garage

The belt-driven garage door opener works similarly to the chain-driven garage door opener. However, the difference is that this type uses a belt instead of a chain to open and close your garage door. The belt itself is made of reinforced steel rubber. Since it uses a rubber belt instead of a chain, it significantly reduces the amount of noise produced. Making it a quicker and quieter experience when opening and closing your garage door.

Screw Driven Garage

This last type is the screw-driven garage door opener. This type of opener is used for garages that are heavy, wide or double in size. It uses a chain-driven motor that pushes the chain to open and close. It is best to have this type of opener since its durability lasts longer since it’s meant for those bigger garage doors. Using a different opener can end up in costly damages.

Maintenance On Your Garage Door

Now that you’re familiar with the types of garage openers, it’s time to break down the maintenance and repairs.

The chain-driven garage door opener has a lot of working parts. Meaning, that it will require a tune-up from time to time for it to fully last its full lifetime. These types of garage openers last about 7 to 10 years if properly taken care of. This is a cost-effective choice for anyone looking for a simple opener.

The belt-driven opener is a little more expensive than the chain-driven garage opener. Although it is more expensive to maintain, it is important to note it is more durable than the chain-driven opener. The belt-driven opener is also significantly quieter and faster than the chain-driven opener.

Lastly, a screw-driven opener is by far the most expensive. However, that’s because it is meant for heavier and wider garage doors. Thus, requiring heavier materials to withstand the wear and tear. Since it is heavier it is also the most durable compared to the others because it runs on fewer parts. Thus, making maintenance a bit more cost-effective. Note, be aware these openers do get impacted by the heat from to time. So, it is not commonly found in Las Vegas since it is a desert.

Common Mistakes

Now that you’re a master of all things in the garage world it is now time to dig deep into common mistakes. A few things to keep in mind when getting a new garage opener is to maintain its tracks. This will allow the garage to open and close evenly and won’t have one side higher than the other. Also, if your garage door sensor is malfunctioning then inspect what’s around it. These sensors alert the motor to stop closing if an object is near. It’s best to install these sensors two feet above the ground. This will ensure that nothing is blocking it. Lastly, if your garage door remote isn’t working then try a new set of batteries. If that fails then clean the keypad with alcohol. If all else fails then contact a professional for help.

Finding The Right Service For Your Garage

Pacific Garage Experts takes pride in offering 24/7 customer service in the Las Vegas Valley. Call us at (702) 660-4499 for your broken spring, garage drum repair and general garage repair needs.

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