What Garage Door Motor Do You Need?

Chain Driven Motors

Chain drives are typically the most commonly used and a very reliable type of Motor. This drive runs the garage door on its track by using a metal chain. Chain drives are slightly cheaper than belt drives. Chain drive Motors 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 Motor. We typically don’t recommend these types of Motors 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. See this list of BBB accredited Houston Garage Door Companies & check out our A+ Rating.

Belt Driven Motors

Belt drives are regarded in the residential garage doors industry as the best type of Motor. 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 Motors. If your garage is attached to your home and has surrounding bedrooms, you’ll never be bothered by the noise of your garage door.

Screw Driven Motors

Screw drive Motors use a lifting device that runs on a threaded steel rod, rather than a chain or a rubber belt. These Motors tend to work best in locations where the weather and temperature is constant throughout the year. In areas with a wide range of temperature throughout the year, a screw drive Motor is not recommended. They also are the slowest moving and noisiest of all three Motors, but are the least expensive.