While most Buffalo residents and business owners may think all garage door openers are the same, the fact is they are not. There are actually three main drive types of garage door openers: screw, chain and belt.
This type of garage door opener uses a lifting device that runs along a threaded steel rod. There are fewer moving parts in the screw drive than other opener types, so it requires less maintenance. They are known to be slow moving and noisy, albeit less noisy than chain drive types.
Chain drive types use a metal chain to run the garage door on its track. These are the most commonly used garage door openers in the U.S. They are very cost effective and highly reliable, but they are also the noisiest. If your garage is detached from your business establishment, chain drives make a good option. Meanwhile, if your garage is just adjacent to the places you receive customers then chain drives may not be for you.
These are considered the best garage door opener type. Belt drive openers are operated by a rubber belt and are as reliable as chain drives but are virtually silent. If you don’t like the noise that comes with most garage doors, then this option is for you. However, take note that belt drives are the most expensive of the bunch. To ensure considerably less noise coming from your garage, you’ll have to be willing to expend a little more cash.
Whatever garage door opener type you purchase from your commercial garage door parts supplier, it basically boils down to cost and noise level. If you want a cheap and low-maintenance opener, and a little noise does not bother you at all, then the screw drive is for you. If you want to go real cheap and you do not mind the loud grinding sound one bit, then go with a chain drive. Finally, if money is not a problem and you want your garage door operating quietly, then by all means, buy a belt drive type.
To know how much each type will cost, you can contact a trusted Buffalo garage door contractor like Crawford Door of WNY Inc. for the latest rundown on commercial garage door prices.
Before You Buy a Garage Door Opener, About.com
How It Works: Garage Door Opener, Popular Mechanics