Garage Door Openers
Quickly Learn Which Garage Door Opener Is Best For You...
There are 3 Main Types of Openers:
Chain Driven Openers - Chain drives are typically the most commonly used and a very reliable type of opener. This drive runs the garage door on its track by using a metal chain. Chain drives are slightly cheaper than belt drives. Chain drive openers tend to be noisy, so if your garage is located below or adjacent to the main rooms in your home, you don't want this opener. We typically don't recommend these types of openers because the small saving isn't worth it. Liftmaster® does not warranty the chain for life like it does the belt on the belt drives and the motor is much noisier.
Belt Driven Openers - Belt drives are regarded in the garage door industry as the best type of overhead opener. Not only are belt drives as reliable as chain drives, but they are also virtually silent. This drive runs on a steel-reinforced belt and typically costs a few dollars more than chain & screw drive openers. If your garage is attached to your home and has surrounding bedrooms, you'll never be bothered by the noise of your garage door.
Side Mount Openers - The design of the side mount garage door opener is one that is rather hard to ignore. Unlike the overhead models, this garage door opener was designed for garages that do not follow the traditional sizing or ones that will not allow you to install an overhead garage door opener. If you have a garage that features sectional doors or has a high ceiling, then the side mount opener would be a great addition to it. The side mount opener works with garage doors that measure up to 14 feet high or 180 square feet. Also, what makes this garage door opener great is the fact that it does not require any railings overhead, you will still have plenty of space over your garage door that can be used for additional storage. Lastly, any garage is that has low and obstructed ceilings or even cathedral ceilings would benefit from having the side mount garage door opener installed.