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Different Types of Garage Door Openers

Last updated 5 years ago

If you’re like most homeowners, then you probably don’t care what kind of garage door opener you have—just as long as it opens your door. However, the various garage door openers have a number of subtle differences that make them ideal for different garages and doors. Before you commit to a new garage door opener, you should familiarize yourself with the different types:

Belt drive
When it comes to garage door openers, noise is usually the number one complaint. Luckily, belt drive garage door openers from LiftMaster are smooth and quiet—making them perfect for garages located next to bedrooms. The ¾ horsepower belt drive opener, for example, can open even the heaviest garage doors silently and with impressive precision.

Chain drive
Chain drive openers are some of the oldest and most popular garage door openers around. Though they’ve been noisy in the past, recent advances have made them smoother and quieter than ever. Still, you may not want to get a chain drive opener if there is a bedroom or prominent living space adjacent to your garage.  

Screw drive
The Dallas area is known to have scorching temperatures this time of year. As you’ve probably experienced, these hot temperatures can create a number of problems for homeowners—broken garage door openers, for example. Luckily, screw drive garage door openers are specially designed to withstand severe weather—good news for Dallas residents. 

Many homeowners use their garages chiefly for storage. Some garages are so filled with mementos and camping equipment that there’s barely any room near the ceiling. If this sounds like your garage, then you should consider buying a jackshaft opener, which mounts on the wall beside your garage door. You might even opt for the power standby system, which allows you to open your garage door during power outages.

If you’re interested in purchasing a new garage door opener, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service of Dallas. We have all of the above types of garage door openers, plus dozens of types of garage doors. Call us today at (972) 544-7367 if you have any questions.


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