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Garage Door Opener, Sales & Installation
From our years of experience we see what openers are the best and which ones are full of problems. We can install any opener you have, however, if we provide the opener the only brand we recommend is LiftMaster®.
There are 3 basic types of openers
- Belt Drive
- Screw Drive
- Chain Drive
As with any opener, there are pros and cons of each. The biggest pro of a belt drive is that it is the quietest. They are the best for you if noise is an issue because you have a room above or nearby the garage. The only real con of a belt drive is that the actual belt itself can eventually wear out (12-20 years down the road). Screw drives traditionally had the pro of being very low maintenance, however, in recent years screw drive openers are now among the higher maintenance openers available and they are the loudest. Chain drives are full of pros! They are the most commonly installed openers. As far as the noise level, in general, chain drives are not quite as quiet as belt drives but they are considerably quieter than screw drives. Furthermore the actual chain itself does not break.
There are 4 openers in particular from LiftMaster® that we like best.
LiftMaster® 8165 ½ HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener
Rugged, reliable performance is what you’ll get with the LiftMaster® 8165 1/2 HP Chain Drive Garage Door Opener. Its durable 1/2 HP motor combined with an industrial-strength chain drive provide smooth, steady performance year after year. Part of the Contractor Series, it is the choice for value and reliability. This is the most commonly installed opener and the one I recommend most often.
LiftMaster® 8360 Premium Series DC Battery Backup Chain Drive (equivalent of 3/4HP)
The LiftMaster® 8360 is rugged, reliable, and features an integrated Battery Backup System that ensures your garage door opener, as well as the safety and security features, will continue to work even when the power is out. The 8360 is also extremely quiet – almost as quiet as the belt drive openers. I recommend this opener for people who have larger than normal garage doors. The chain is the strongest for heavy doors and this opener is equivalent to a ¾ HP which is best for heavy doors. Furthermore, the battery backup pays for itself the first time you lose power in a thunderstorm!
LiftMaster ® 8550 Elite Series DC Battery Backup Belt Drive (equivalent of 3/4HP)
Take convenience and safety to a whole new level with the LiftMaster® 8550. The reliable, integrated Battery Backup System guarantees access in and out of your garage, even when the power is out. The safety and security features will continue to operate as well, ensuring your family is protected in a power failure. And because it features soft start and slow stop to reduce noise when it operates, it is perfect for homes with a room above the garage. I recommend this opener to somebody who needs the quietest possible opener and they value having a battery backup. Its not so bad if you lose power on a beautiful day but we usually lose power when its storming outside. And having a battery backup when its storming is awesome! For my family and I, we love having the battery backup – it is worth every penny.
LiftMaster ® 8587 Elite Series Carriage House Opener 3/4 Hp Chain Drive
LiftMaster 8587 3/4 HP Heavy-Duty Chain Drive Garage Door Opener is designed for the heaviest carriage house and oversize wood garage doors where standard openers tend to struggle. Heavy duty I-beam rail ensures years of trouble free use.