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How To Pick The Right Garage Door Opener

Updated on April 23, 2010

Many times a shopper inquires which is the best working garage door opener.

The answer is, it depends!

If you were asked which is the best laundry detergent, or which is the best pasta sauce, you wouldn't even think twice about your answer. There are items we purchase and use so often that it's easy for us to try new things and quickly determine what is best, what we like, and what we will continually use. But it's not often that we need to shop for a garage door opener. In fact, you probably will only do it once in your life, maybe twice if you move to a new home. So how can you go about deciding what is best?

There are three styles of garage door openers to evaluate, and each is designed for a type of way of life. It's really up to you to decide.

Which Garage Door Opener is Best?

Don't panic, this brief summary will help you in evaluating the facts about each.

1. Chain Drives - The most frequently used and often the cheapest, chain drives use a metal chain to operate. However the concession is a loud motor. Should you have a not connected to your home garage or perhaps want to hear what hour your teenagers are coming home at night this might be a good choice. But if you'd rather no sound, say because there are bedrooms above the garage, the chain drive might not be for you.

Summary: Most affordable but noisiest. Great if you have a detached garage or don't worry about noise.

2. Belt Drives - Touted as being the best of the three openers. Belt drives run on a rubber belt and are as dependable as chain drives but are virtually silent! Should noise be a worry, maybe because you have an attached garage or hate loud noise, consider choosing this one].Belt drives are more expensive than chain drives so it's a compromise between noise and money. These Garage Door Openers are highly recommended.

Summary: Practically silent but more expensive. Good idea if you have an attached garage or don't like noise.

3. Screw Drives - These use a lifting device that runs along a threaded steel rod. Not recommended because they don't like drastic temperature changes, so if you live in a region with hot summers and cold winters you should consider another option. Screw drives are moderately priced but noisy and slow moving

Summary: Best if you live in a region with constant climate. Noisy and slow moving.

Ok, Just How Loud Are These Things?

You can view these openers all you want, but you have to listen to them for yourself. You can find a nearby showroom to check them out but why go through the hassle.View this short clip that lets you hear the difference between these openers. Youtube Video - What's The Best Garage Door Opener For You? ( )


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