Belt-driven openers are just as reliable as chain drive garage door openers. The belt replaces the chain and is much quieter due to the absence of metal-on-metal contact a chain unit produces. If your bedroom or living space is above your garage then a belt drive motor is the way to go! We recommend an opener with a battery backup that will allow you to still operate your opener in the event of a power failure.
Chain-driven garage door openers are the most common and most affordable type on the market.
The opener is operated by a chain that pushes and pulls a carriage that connects to a metal bar (J-Arm) that is attached to the garage door.
Direct-drive openers are unlike chain, belt and screw type openers because it only has one moving part, the motor. The motor itself rides along a stationary chain that is embedded in an overhead rail making for a quieter ride compared to chain and belt drive motors.
Jackshaft garage door openers, unlike ceiling units, mount vertically on the wall beside the garage door. They are powered by a DC motor which drives cables that turn the torsion bar to raise and lower the garage door. Jackshaft openers are quieter than both chain and belt openers and are highly recommended if your living space is above or next to your garage. This type of opener is also great for garages with high ceilings or those who want more storage room.