Should I get a Chain or Belt Driven Garage Door

Your home is your castle, and that means it needs to be safe and secure, but also practical. One aspect you should not overlook is your garage. It’s a point of egress, it’s the place that makes it bearable to get into your car on a freezing January morning, and it provides extra storage. It goes without saying that your garage space needs to be practical and safe.

Today, River City Doors & Windows discusses the differences between a chain and a belt driven garage door, and helps you understand which one is best for your home.

Chain Driven Garage Doors

The most common type of garage door is chain driven. It’s a practical, affordable solution that is very straightforward to install. Chain driven garage doors are also very reliable. If installed and maintained properly (the chain must be lubricated), they will last for many years.

When activated, the chain runs along a trolley system, moving the door up or down. The downside to this is that the chain can be noisy. This is not a problem for detached or side attached garages, but the noise can be an issue if the garage is directly below a bedroom, guestroom, or upstairs family den.

Belt Driven Garage Doors

Belt driven garage doors are the much quieter counterpart to chain driven. They also work on a trolley or push/pull system, and usually come with a robust warranty.

While a belt driven garage door is durable and strong, the belt does not operate optimally in high heat or humidity, and a belt wears out faster than a chain. While prolonged periods of excessive heat are not what Edmonton is known for, the belt should be checked during the hottest days of summer, and be replaced according to the manufacturer’s advised schedule.

Belt drives lift single doors quickly and effortlessly, but are a bit slower to lift double garage doors. They are not generally recommended for heavy wooden doors.

While belt driven garage doors are more expensive than chain doors, they do not need to be lubricated, which cuts down on maintenance costs.

Which Garage Door is Right for You?

It comes down to your noise tolerance and your budget. If budget is your driving factor, choose a chain driven door. If noise is the deciding factor, choose belt driven. Both types of garage doors have their pros and cons, but both will give you excellent value for your money.

Safety First

No matter which door you choose, the most important step is to consult with a knowledgeable technician and installer.

Here at River City Doors & Windows, we are garage door experts. We will help you find the best type of garage door for your needs and your budget. Most importantly, we do the install with safety in mind so there is no danger of the door falling while you, your car, or a family member is underneath. We will make sure the sensor is working properly to prevent the door from closing if something is in its path, and we will also test the manual release and backup functions to ensure that you can still exit the garage if the power is not on.

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