Chain Drive vs Belt Drive Garage Door Openers

Updated: July 7th, 2019

If you are in the market for a new garage door opener you will have to make the decision between a chain drive opener and a belt drive opener. Here are a few points to review to help make that decision easier.

Chain vs Belt Drive Openers

  • Strength
    • Both chain and belt drive garage door openers are perfectly capable of handling the load of most residential garage doors. A ½ HP opener is plenty of power for most doors. If you have an extra-large garage door or it has many layers, upgrading to ¾ HP is worth the extra dollars.
  • Noise
    • One of the biggest differences between a chain and belt drive garage door opener is the noise level. Some people like being able to hear their door opening and closing, a chain drive opener will definitely make more noise. The belt drive openers are almost silent, so depending on your door, you won’t be able to hear it opening and closing. This is great for people with bedrooms above the garage who may not want to disturb people sleeping.
  • Maintenance
    • Because the belt on a belt drive is made of rubber there is no need to regularly lubricate it. When it comes to the maintenance required for optimal performance the chain drive will require a little extra time and money throughout the years. The chain itself will need regular lubrication and adjustments.
  • Cost
    • Chain drive openers are generally less expensive than the belt drive openers. The chain will require more maintenance but if properly cared for, the chain itself will likely outlast a belt. So replacement parts will be needed less often.

Please call DistribuDoors with any other questions you may have about the installation of a garage door opener in the Puget Sound area. (206) 443-1640

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