garage door openers

an automatic garage door opener

The Types of Garage Door Openers You Should Consider

Choosing the right door opener for your garage can be a challenge unless you’re equipped with all the information you’ll need to make an informed decision. Here are a few common types of garage door openers to consider before you finalize a purchase.

Chain Drive

Chain-driven door openers are the most common type and use a bicycle-like chain to operate the trolley. This type of opener is known for being noisy due to the metal-on-metal contact that causes significant vibration of the unit. Some newer models, however, are made with DC motors that reduce noise.

Belt Drive

A belt-driven opener is a great choice if you’re looking for a quiet operation, but does come with a price point that’s a bit higher than a standard chain-driven unit. These openers use a belt made of polyurethane, steel-reinforced rubber or fiberglass that smooths the motion of the belt as it pushes or pulls the trolley.

Screw Drive

Screw-driven openers are less quiet than belt-driven units but open at a faster rate by four to six seconds per second. This type of opener has a solid design with fewer moving parts that reduce the need for frequent garage door repairs in Fresno.

Direct Drive

The quietest of all units is the direct-drive opener since it only has one moving part — the motor. These openers are manufactured in Germany and come with a lifetime warranty in addition to being similar in price to belt-driven openers.

Jackshaft-Drive Garage Door Openers

Jackshaft-driven door openers are mounted on the wall rather than overhead and offer quiet operation with consistently smooth functioning. This type of opener works well in garages with high or low ceilings, but it is generally more expensive than the other types of openers because of that quality.


Don’t spend another day with a broken or faulty garage door. Contact Precision Door Service and let one of our trained technicians provide you with a free quote for a new garage door or for a repair.