Chain-drive openers are the oldest style, and they continue to be very popular but are not the best value. They can be noisy and may not be a good choice if the garage is under a bedroom or adjacent to a room where quiet is appreciated.
Belt-drive openers are identical to chain-drive openers except that they operate with a rubber belt. They are the quietest type of garage door opener and they tend to require less maintenance than the others. They are about the same price which is why we recommend them and have been very happy with their value.
The third choice is screw-drive openers. There a very few moving parts on these units, and they require periodic lubrication that can be messy to apply. If they are not lubricated, the screw is very noisy.
At Door Doctor, we specialize in garage doors and garage door openers. Door Doctor, Inc. has been in the garage door business for over twenty years and we serve Northern Virginia, Maryland and Washington DC. We can meet all your garage door and garage door opener repair, service, and installation needs with the professional quality, craftsmanship, and personal service you deserve. Call us today for an estimate on replacing or repairing your garage door or garage door opener at 703 709 7933