Garage door opening systems work in similar ways; however, systems use different materials. For example, you can install a garage door with a chain or belt opening system.
While chain-drive openers work efficiently, belt-drive openers have additional advantages. What are they?
Belt-Drive Systems Are Quieter
Chain-drive garage door opening systems can be noisy. They typically use metal chains.
These chains rattle as they open and close a door. They also make noises when they come into contact with other metal parts in the system.
While this noise might not bother some homeowners, it is a problem for others. For example, if you have a living room or bedroom above or next to your garage, then the noise might be loud enough to disturb you. It can even be loud enough to bother your neighbors, especially if you use your garage in the early morning, evening, or at night.
Belt-drive openers run more quietly. These belts are made from softer and more pliable materials such as rubber, polyurethane, or fiberglass.
These materials don't make noise when the belt opens and closes the door. They won't make friction sounds when they run against metal parts in the system. So, your garage door will operate virtually silently.
Belts Last Longer Than Chains
The chains in a garage door opening system have a limited life. Their metal can rust. It can also start to wear down as it rubs against other metal parts.
If a chain rusts or wears, then it loses some of its integrity. This damage will get worse, and the chain is more likely to break. However, signs of wear and damage aren't always obvious on a metal chain.
If a chain breaks, then your garage door won't work until you replace it. If it breaks mid-operation, then it could damage your garage door if it loses its drive and slams shut. This could also damage your car and hurt anyone standing under the door.
You don't have these problems with belt-drive systems. Their materials are extremely robust, so they last longer.
These belts won't rust. They also run more smoothly and easily. They won't have friction problems with other parts of the system.
Plus, a regular visual check of the belt will tell you if it is in good shape or not. So, you can spot damage early and work out if you need to replace the belt before it fails and causes any damage.
To learn more about garage door openers, contact a professional.