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Different garage door opener types offer advantages for your home.

A Guide to Garage Door Opener Types

If you’re in the market for a new garage door opener, your options can be overwhelming. Even the most common options of chain drive and belt drive openers can be intimidating to compare and select. Each of these types of openers come with distinct differences, advantages, and disadvantages for your home.

Chain Drive

Chain drive garage door openers are the most common option used in homes. These reliable openers use a chain to move the garage door up and down. They are affordable and relatively easy to source replacement parts and maintenance due to their frequent use across the US. However, chain drives are the loudest types of garage door openers, making them a poor choice if your garage is situated near bedrooms or other areas of your home that could be disturbed by the noise. Ultimately, a chain drive is an effective and affordable option for customers that won’t be affected by the sound.

Belt Drive

Belt drive garage door openers operate similarly to chain drives. Their use of a belt greatly reduces noise produced by operation, making these an ideal choice for homes that require quiet use due to living space layout. It is important to note that belt drives can be more costly to purchase, install, and maintain due to their specialization. While more expensive, a belt driver opener’s premium performance and quiet operation make them a solid choice for your home.

Other Considerations

When you buy a garage door opener these days, there are often additional security features worth exploring. Many come with optional security equipment in the form of wifi-connected smartphone apps. These let you monitor your door’s open or closed status, operate it remotely, and more. Others have the capability of plugging into your home security system. Take the time to assess your home’s security and other needs and explore what options are available.

Need help with determining which garage door opener will work best for you? Contact us for a full garage door consultation today. From selection and consultation to installation, Garage Doors of Indianapolis will be there for you.

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I accidentally backed into my (partially) closed garage door. I called Garage Doors of Indianapolis and made an appointment for inspection and repair. The serviceman, Hunter, was great! He arrived when scheduled, analyzed the problems with our garage door, and explained the options for repair completely, I selected the attempt to repair the door instead of replacing the damaged 2 panels. Hunter did a great job on the repairs so that the damage is almost unnoticeable now. Beyond my expectations. Hunter is also friendly and pleasant, but professional. I think he’s an asset to this fine company.Mark Wittleder