Types of Garage Door Openers

When choosing the best garage door opener for your home, the two major things to consider are drive type and brand. At Precision Door, we service just about all major brands of garage door openers, including GenieLiftmasterCraftsmanLinear, and Chamberlain as well as all drive types.

These are the most common garage door opener drive types:

  • Belt Drive Openers Uses a fiberglass, polyurethane, or steel-reinforced rubber belt to guide the trolley, opening or closing the door. They are very reliable and incredibly quiet. An ideal choice for attached garages where noise is an issue.
  • Chain Drive Openers The most common garage door opener and operate similar to belt drives but with a chain pushing or pulling the trolley. The metal to metal function can cause these drives to be a bit more noisy than their belt driven cousins, but they do tend to be more affordable.
  • Screw Drive Openers Said to be the most maintenance free opener as they have less moving pieces. The motor rotates a threaded steel rod which move the trolley allowing for quick and reliable function. In the past these openers were considered the loudest choice, but recent innovations have improved this.
  • Jackshaft Openers An ideal choice when overhead clearance or high ceilings are an issue, as mount on the wall next to your door as opposed to above it. They run quiet and are very durable but do tend to be more expensive than other types of drives.
  • Direct Drive Openers Moves the door up and down using only the motor. The motor itself moves along a stationary chain opening and closing the door. With only one moving part these openers are the most quiet choice and very dependable.

New Garage Door Openers & Opener Replacement

If your garage door opener is noisy, slow, or just worn out, that’s a definite reason for replacement. We also recommend replacing your garage door opener if it can’t be repaired due to safety standards. These include:

  • Openers made before 1993
  • Openers that do not have photo electric eyes
  • Openers that have been recalled
  • Openers that have been discontinued where parts are not available

When you need a new opener, Precision Garage Door of Columbia carries our own supremely reliable and feature-rich PDS-370 opener systems. These energy efficient, DC-powered openers guarantees ultra smooth and quiet operation with soft-start and soft-stop for the ultimate in performance. With one of the quietest motor on the market and an amazing lifetime warranty, this opener will provide years of trouble free operation.

We offer FREE new garage door opener consultation and estimates at your home.

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