When you invest in a new garage door, security and durability are two important elements to consider. Two types of drives can be used for door openers — belts and chains – and they each have benefits and drawbacks. American Garage Door Co., Inc. offers a wide variety of strong, durable openers of each type by the world’s most reliable manufacturers. Let’s look at how they compare.

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How do belt and chain drives work?

It’s simple: Chain garage doors operate via a metal chain to lift and lower the door and a belt drive uses a belt to move the door up and down. Read more on what they’re made of and how they work.

What does each cost?

One big difference between chain and belt drives is the price. While both operate well, belt drives are built to last for many years, making them cost more up front, but become less expensive in the long run. Chain drives, on the other hand, require less initial investment, but might require repair and maintenance over the years. If you’re looking for something affordable and you are not worried about repair bills, a chain opener is a good option. If you’re willing to spend a bit more and invest in a more durable door, belt drives might be the best choice.

Which one is better at heavy lifting?

While belt openers might win when it comes to longevity, chain openers are stronger. If you have a large garage or bulky door, you might want to pick a chain drive based on its pure strength alone. Belt drives are good for the long run, but chain drives are best to reliably lift even the heaviest of doors.

Are you interested in learning more about the difference between chain and belt drives? Reach out to our team today for more information!

As a distributor of garage doors and related products since 1959, Phoenix-based American Garage Door Co., Inc. offers a broad selection of high-quality garage doors with the functionality, designs and accessories to complement your home. For more information contact us toll free at 866-541-3300, locally at 602-437-3300, or by email at americangaragedoor@garagedoors.net