Learn What the Best Opener is For You05/30/2016 Back To Blog
Opener Drive Options
You should decide on the right kind of drive for your needs before you go on and compare different electric operator models for your residential garage door. The chain drive units are quite tough. The steel chain is quite similar to that of a bicycle and is extremely reliable. At the same time, it tends to be noisy and requires lubrication maintenance to work smoothly and make less noise. The belt drive units have the same design as their counterparts, but use a belt made from steel-reinforced rubber or polyurethane to run. This drive is the least noisy, but it also comes at the highest price, all other things being equal. The screw drive openers are fast and require little maintenance. They fall in between the other two types when it comes to noise production.
Comparing Motor Types
Traditionally, all openers have been equipped with AC motors. They offer dependable performance and tend to be quite durable. Recently, manufacturers have started to introduce garage door operators with DC motors. These have a smoother start compared to their counterparts. This is a great advantage, especially when you are in a hurry for work. They are also less noisy and this makes them a fine choice for garages which have living space above them. No matter which type of motor you select, you have to ensure that it will have enough horsepower to lift your door along with the spring system. The horsepower must correspond to the door’s size and weight.