If you're installing your first automatic garage door opener or replacing your current opener, you'll find that there are different types of openers to choose from. The two most common types are chain or belt drive openers. Each type has its own set of pros and cons, so to help you choose the right type of garage door opener installation in Champaign, IL, here are some things you need to know about the differences.
Each type of drive works in a similar manner to open and close the door. The motor on a chain drive rotates a threaded steel rod that a trolley rides on. The chain slides the trolley along the track to move the door. A belt drive works the same way, but it uses a large rubber belt to move the trolley instead of a chain. Even though the drives work in much the same way, there are differences that affect factors such as price, noise, convenience, strength, and more.
One benefit of a chain drive over a belt drive opener is that it's stronger and can lift more than a belt drive. This might not be a big factor for most residential doors, but if you're choosing something heavier, such as a steel carriage door, or if you need something for a heavier-duty commercial door, a chain drive may be the best option. Either type of drive can typically be used for most two-car garages unless you have a heavy wooden door or another unusually heavy door.
Another thing to consider is the price difference between the two types. Chain drives tend to be the less expensive option, simply because they're more widely available and are easier and less expensive to manufacture. But since cost alone isn't the only important factor, some homeowners choose the belt drive because of additional benefits.
One of these benefits of a belt drive is that it's much quieter than a chain drive opener when moving. The materials used on the belt drive help cancel out noise, so it's far quieter when it operates. This benefit may be more important for attached garages or for homes that have living spaces above the garage. When installed with a new insulated door, belt drives make hardly any noise when the door opens and closes.
Another thing to consider is the convenience of using your new opener. Each type has options to include good lighting, smartphone capabilities, and video, but when it comes to how quickly the door will open and close, the belt drive has a slight advantage. It often isn't enough difference to be a deciding factor, but it's something homeowners may want to consider.
Ease of installing and maintaining the opener is another factor to think about. Each type of opener lasts many years, but they have different maintenance requirements. Chain drives require periodic lubrication, and they may also require some adjustments at some point. A belt drive doesn't need to be lubricated at all. When it does come time to replace the opener, chain drives are typically more difficult to install than belt drives.
When chain drives are properly maintained, they may be able to outlast belt drives to some extent. Belt openers may be more subject to excessive heat and humidity than chain drives. A garage door repair service can help you choose the right opener for your needs. For any residential or commercial garage door repair in Champaign, IL, contact Midstate Overhead Doors today.