Are you thinking of replacing your garage door motor? Or perhaps you will be installing a new garage door and will be ordering a new motor at the same time. How do you decide what is right for your door? There are many options to choose from.
Types of Garage Door Motors
While many people choose a garage door motor based on price, it is important to consider how long you want the motor to last. At Acadiana Garage Doors, we sell professional line garage door motors, which is the LiftMaster brand. This line of garage door motors, we have found, often get more than double the life of other types of motors.
The Difference Between Chain Drive, Screw Drive and Belt Drive Motors
There are three main types of garage door motors: chain drive, screw drive and belt drive. Chain Drives are the original type of garage door motors, and have been around the longest. The main benefit of this type of motor is that it lasts forever. The downside is that you have to keep it lubricated. Over time, it also has the tendency to get very loud.
The Screw Drive was the next type of motor to be produced, and it is very quiet. There is also less maintenance with this type of motor. The disadvantage is that over time, the screw can get warped. This is especially true in Louisiana, due to the heat.
The Belt Drive is really the best of both the chain drive and the screw drive. It is quiet like the screw drive and has the longevity of the chain drive. There is also a lifetime warranty on the belt, so if it should happen to break, the manufacturer will replace it.
If you have questions about your garage door motor, or are thinking of replacing it, give us a call to learn about your options.