We are willing to make a good bet you have heard about the new screw drive garage door openers. A lot of big manufacturers are making a big deal out of them. Obviously, they really want to sell them. This raises a lot of important questions;
- Are they really better?
- Are they safer?
- Are they worth the money?
That may only be three generalized questions, but they are still very important questions. You do not want to buy something just because a big company is pushing it. That tends to be a waste of your hard earned dollar, or in this case, dollars. Thankfully, we can help you decide.
How The Two Stack Up In Comparison
Taking the good with the bad is something we have had to do with everything over the years. This will be no different. The older chain drive garage door openers make a lot of noise, don’t work all that smoothly, and can break. Whereas the new screw drive openers are almost silent, run very smoothly, and are almost bulletproof. At least, that is how they are advertised. To be honest, that is generally true. What isn’t is that your old chain is stretching. Yes, chains do break, eventually. It is plain obvious when they are going to, though. Stretching is not a sign of that. As a matter of fact, garage door chains do not stretch. They loosen as your garage door rollers and springs wear out.
So how can you tell when it is time to replace a chain? When it starts to rust away! It really is that simple. If your garage door opener’s chain is in bad shape, it really looks like it. They both last a good long time, though the screw drive opener may last a tick or two longer. Obviously, it is quieter. This isn’t always a good thing, either. Your teenage kids may actually be able to sneak the car back into the garage in the wee morning hours. You just have to consider things like that.
Which Should You Choose Between A Screw Drive & A Chain Drive Garage Door Opener?
That really does depend on your preference. Well, that and how much money you want to spend. I’m not going to say that all screw drive garage door openers are more expensive, because typically, they’re not. If it is slightly more expensive, then one would still be worth it. However, if you find a great deal on the older chain drive garage door opener, go for it. It is entirely your choice and you are the one who has to stick with that choice.