When to Choose Chain Drive Openers02/13/2017 Back To Blog
A chain drive opener is an automatic device which can be operated via, for example, a remote control. It is convenient to be able to open your garage door with the click of a button, but it is important to take everything into account when choosing your next opener.
Consider Why You are Changing
Why are you changing your automatic door opener? Answering this question will be your first step towards figuring out whether to install this particular type of opener. Most changes will be due to noise, age or malfunction. If your opener has malfunctioned, you may be inclined to install a new type or brand, but do not make any quick decisions on this matter. Many reasons can lie behind a malfunction, and it may not have anything to do with the type or brand at all. Make sure that you know all the details of the incident, and make an informed decision based on that.
Advantages and Disadvantages
There are several sides of the same coin, and all sides must be factored into the decision. A metal chain is used to raise or lower the door—that is how these openers operate. These types of openers are the most economical to install. Budget is a factor in the vast majority of cases, but should never be the only consideration. Chain drive is noisier and causes more vibration than other types of openers. This will not be much of an issue if the garage door is not linked with the house. If, however, residential areas are located directly adjacent to or above the opener, the noise can become a nuisance.
If you are in doubt, asking a professional is a good way to put your decision on the right track. There is nothing worse than having a device installed only to find out a week later that you are not happy with it. Getting it right the first time is paramount to a good experience—anything else can cause increased costs and maintenance at a later stage.
The increased vibrations of this type can make it necessary to perform basic garage door maintenance on a more regular basis than if another type was installed, but not so frequently that it becomes a burden. Always make sure to choose a quality product, as doing so will increase the lifespan of it, reduce noise, and decrease the likelihood of malfunctions. Do yourself and your family a favor, and be assured that your chosen model will last a very long time. Most quality openers will last 10 – 12 years, making the initial investment worthwhile, even if it is higher than first anticipated.