Here are some of the choices you have for garage door openers:
Chain Drive Openers
Chain drive openers have been around for a long time. They are durable, but not always the quietest openers. We recommend chain drive openers to anyone that is looking for basic function and is not concerned with some noise. If the door is noisy and that issue isn’t being addressed than it doesn’t make sense to install the quietest motor you can get on that door unless there is a function that you require that isn’t available on a chain drive model. In Las Vegas, NV. chain drive openers work well because the air is dry and the chain doesn’t rust which makes the less noisy than most people expect.
Screw Drive Openers
Screw drive openers were designed to be quieter than chain drive openers, but as screw drive openers wear, they can be even nosier than chain drive. They require a lot of maintenance and if done improperly it can make a mess or even damage the unit. We don’t usually recommend this type of opener for most people but in some cases it is the best option, for example a one piece door works best with a screw drive opener as long as it is a professional quality one piece rail.
Belt Drive Openers
Belt drive openers are the smoothest and quietest operating openers you can get. They are durable and quiet at the same time, with very little maintenance. This is the garage door opener that everybody likes the best and for good reason. They have a list of convenience features that just keeps growing as the manufacturers improve their products. Don’t worry about the belt they are reinforced with steal or Kevlar and can handle the pressure without failure. I have never seen one fail except when installed on a one piece door which we would never recommend. Install a belt drive garage door opener on a insulated garage door with good quality rollers and you will have the quietest garage door system around.
Direct Drive Openers
Direct drive openers are designed to operate the door from the torsion tube on the spring system, instead of pushing and pulling on the door itself. There is nothing mounted on the ceiling except the light if you choose which makes for a nice clean look. Since there is no motor mounted to the ceiling there would be no vibration or noise transferred thru the ceiling to the room above.
Call us with any questions or for a recommendation if you’re not sure what type is best for you.