Garage door operator type

Types of garage openers

If you live in Rockland County New York, and you own a garage door which work manually – Without an electric garage opener, or if your electric opener need to be replaced, you are probably asking yourself: what type of garage operator will be the best for you. It easy to get confused by the many garage operators that can be found in Rockland County, when each garage opener manufacture say that they offer the best garage operators in the American market.  You can find Liftmaster garage operators, Genie garage operators, Craftsman openers, belt drive openers, screw drive garage openers and more. In this article we will try to provide you with some information and tips on how to choose a garage opener, which are the leading brands of garage openers, and what type of opener will be the right for you. Although we specialize in garage door services in Rockland County, the information we provide here can help you even if you are located someplace else, and you are wondering: Which garage opener should I get?

During our garage door services in Rockland County, we usually deal with three types of garage openers:

  • Chain Drive.
  • Belt Drive Opener.
  • Screw drive opener.

If you already own a garage opener, it is probably one the 3 types we just described. We would like to go over the differences between the types, and how to choose between them. This article will be helpful for people who already own a garage opener and thinking about replacing it, or someone who look to install a new garage door opener.

Chain Drive Garage Operator

Chain drive garage opener

The chain drive opener is our best seller in Rockland County New York, and we consider it as one of the strongest openers. When it is from a known brand name, the chain drive garage openers in Rockland County are reliable, relatively quiet, do not require high maintenance, and can easily work for more than years. The chain drive opener is opening and closing the garage using a steel chain that connected to the opener on one side, and to the rail on the other side, opening and closing the garage door. We mostly aim for our customers in Rockland County, but the truth is that it doesn’t matter if it is a garage opener in Monsey, garage opener in Nyack, or even garage opener in White Plains, the chain drive opener will be a wise decision if you are looking for a garage operator that will last for many years, and that will rarely need any repairs.
But if how noisy the garage operator is does matter to you, you should also consider the next garage operator on our list, and that is the Belt Drive opener.

The Belt Drive Operator

Belt drive garage operator

The belt drive opener is the quietest opener of the three types. Just like the chain drive opener, it is quiet, strong and reliable. With this opener, the steel chain is replaced with a rubber belt which make it extremely quiet.
You may be asking yourself: So why would someone choose the chain drive opener over the belt drive opener, if they are both strong and reliable, but the belt is quitter? We are glad that you asked that. First, the belt drive opener cost more than the chain drive opener. We believe that the investment truly worth it, since you get a quiet opener that will work for many years, but some people choose not to invest since the noise level doesn’t bother them, or their garage may be detached from their house.
The second is the noise level. Some people do prefer to hear and know every time their garage is opening and closing. And since the chain drive opener is noisier, they prefer the chain drive opener. Think about it, the belt drive is so quiet that someone can actually open your garage door using the opener, and you won’t even notice.

The Screw Drive Opener

In the past, the screw drive garage operator used to be much more popular, but lately we do not see it as much as we used to, and we rarely install this type of operator, since today you can find better alternatives. But this type of opener will work best for people who prefer to install the opener by DIY, instead of using the services of a garage door technician in Rockland County, since it relatively easy to install, and will open and close your garage when you will need it to.

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Which opener should I install in my garage?

It really doesn’t matter if you own a garage door in Rockland County, or a garage door in Maryland, what matter is that you will choose the opener that will serve you well, since it is something that you shouldn’t do more than once every 20 years or more. The important thing is that you will choose between the chain and the belt drive, and that you will choose a reliable brand, since like everything else in life, quality matter. And if you wonder which brand to choose, you can find the answer in the next paragraph about our proffered garage operator brand.

Which garage operator brand do you recommend?

There are many brands and manufactures of garage openers. The most important thing is to choose a high quality garage operator manufacture, so you will get the best opener for your garage. After many years in the industry, we have learned that Liftmaster operators are the kind that you can trust to keep working for many years, and that will rarely need any service as long as your garage door is in good condition, and as long as it is maintained in time.
It doesn’t mean that we do not repair and install other brands of openers like Genie openers, but when we are asked about a good garage opener, Lift Master will be out first recommendation. And when we install a new garage door operator in Rockland County New York, it is probably a Liftmaster opener.

Garage operators types

Are there safety instructions?

When it comes to safety, there is no question. Every garage opener, whether it is a Lift Master belt drive opener, or a Genie chain drive opener, or a screw driver motor, must include a safety feature which will stop the closing garage in case something is in the way. The safety feature is there to protect you, and it should be installed for any type of garage door operator, belt or drive, residential or commercial, in Nyack or in Pomona.
The federal law require it, and there is also common sense that should tell you to use a safe garage. If you own an automated garage in Rockland County which is not equipped with safety sensors, you should get them installed ASAP, even if it mean to completely replace the electric opener and install a new one, that include safety sensors.
The safety sensors are there in order to protect you, your family, you pet, your car, or any object which may be at the doors way when it closing. They may also be the reason for many garage issues (Which are relatively easy to repair if the safety sensors are the issue), but the one time that they will protect someone or something from getting hurt by the garage, is enough to make sure they are installed the right way. If your garage is not equipped with safety sensors, we recommend you to contact a garage door supplier in Rockland County to install them for you.

Operator’s accessories

The accessories that come with the garage opener depend on what you need and the way you are planning to use the garage. You may need one remote or few, battery backup, MYQ connection (connect the new operator to a smartphone) and more. Here is a list of garage opener accessories, and their description:

Safety Sensors: As we explained earlier, the safety sensors are inseparable part of the garage opener installation, and installing a garage opener without them is both dangerous and illegal. Today most openers are being sold with safety sensors, just make sure when you purchase the operator that they are included in the kit.

Remote Control: You can synchronize many remotes controls. There is also an option to connect the opener to the car (Not all cars), and to be able to open and close the door from the car.


Key Pad: This is a keyless entry way to open the garage just by using a security passcode that you will determine. It is not a must in every installation, but most people add them to the installation.
Wall Switch: Also known as “push button” Installed inside the garage, in a place that will be unreachable for little kids, and that will allow the user to see the door itself when using it. The new wall switched come with many more options. Ask the garage door technician about the different options.

MYQ garage operator

Battery backup: In case there will be no electricity in the garage, but you would still like to use the door automatically. This is not a replacement for power outlet, and it is good only for backup.

Emergency release: If you garage has no access beside the garage door itself (detached garage door), installing the emergency release will allow you to open the garage in case there is no electricity, or if there will be a problem with the opener or the remote control.


The important thing when purchasing a new garage opener is to aim for quality. There are different openers types for different prices, but when you think that if you will think that purchasing a high quality opener can be something that you will not have to do again in the next twenty years, you can see why it is important to invest in high quality garage opener. We offer garage openers from all types in Rockland County New York, and we will gladly assist you making the right decision when planning to purchase a new garage opener.
You may choose a belt drive garage opener, or a chain drive opener, you can choose the Liftmaster MYQ opener that can be connected to your smartphone, or use a clicker to open and close the door remotely. It may be a commercial overhead door, or even a residential roll up door, there are things that you should not ignore:

  • Purchase a high quality operator.
  • Install safety sensors.
  • Only install the new operator if the door is working perfectly when you use it manually.
  • Fit the right opener for your door. It can be a ½ Horse power, ¾ or more.
  • Avoid using the opener if the door is broken.
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