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Which Door Opener Do I have?

Chain Drive

By far the most common type of garage door opener, chain drive openers are at the lower end of the price spectrum and will last a very long time under normal circumstances. Chain drive openers utilize a chain similar to the one that you would find on your bicycle and push the trolley that is connected to the garage door which pulls or pushes the door in the track. They do have the disadvantage of requiring adjustment, but this only needs to be done once or twice during the lifetime of a chain drive opener. For most chain drive garage door openers, adjustment is relatively easy and only takes 10 minutes.

Advantages: Cheap and reliable, these are the most economical option. However, if your garage door is connected to your house, these units can be very loud (which can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it).

Belt Drive

A belt-drive garage door opener functions similarly to the chain-drive system but uses a belt rather than a chain to move the trolley. This belt provides quieter, smoother operation, making it a good choice for homes with living or sleeping spaces above or adjacent to the garage. Belt-drive systems have fewer moving parts, resulting in lower maintenance needs.


Advantages: Belt drive garage door openers are by far the quietest openers out of chain drive and screw drive openers. Belt drive garage door openers tend to be only slightly more expensive than chain drive openers. Most garage door openers tend to lift a garage door at a rate of 7 to 8 inches per second. The belt drive because of its smooth operation does it slightly faster, if that matters to you.

Speciality Drive

Screw drive garage door openers work a little bit differently than belt drive or chain drive garage door openers. A trolley is used along with a threaded-steel rod to rotate the motor to move the door. The pushing and pulling forces are much different compared to chain drive and belt drive openers.

Advantages: Screw drive garage door openers tend to be easier to maintain because there are less moving pieces. There is no need for adjustment as there is with chain drive garage door openers. Additionally, they tend to be quieter than chain drive garage door openers, especially after prolonged usage. Because there is few moving parts and little play, the door also rises and falls very smoothly. It’s recommended that screw drive openers not be used in regions that experience major fluctuations in temperature as the units are sensitive to temperature. Apples to apples, screw drive garage door openers tend to cost slightly more than belt or chain drive openers.

Liftmaster Quality Installations

Ideal Garage Doors exclusively installs LiftMaster ® brand openers. We chose LiftMaster® as our preferred garage door and gate opener for installation because we only want to deliver the best for your home! Choose from Chain Drive, Screw Drive and Belt Drive openers with a variety of options to match your lifestyle needs and budget. With LiftMaster’s guarantees on their motors and Ideal Garage Door’s long guarantees on parts, you can rest assured we are stocking and installing the best brand opener for your home.

Why Liftmaster Openers?

For almost half a century LiftMaster® has exceeded expectations by providing peace of mind through innovative solutions for both residential and commercial customers. Liftmaster® is the #1 Brand of professionally installed residential Garage Door Openers, as well as a major manufacturer of Commercial Door Operators, Residential and Commercial Gate Operators. Their expansive line of products are designed to fit any lifestyle or application, providing the latest technology and breakthroughs in safety and security, performance and connectivity.

LiftMaster 'My Q Technology'

Confidently know what’s going on at home with MyQ® Technology. From Garage Door Openers, Commercial Door Operators, Gate Operators, and Accessories, LiftMaster® has a full range of products that can help you monitor and control your garage door or gate. By connecting with your smartphone, tablet or computer, staying connected and in control has never been easier. Call us today to learn more about MyQ® in your home or business.