Superior Overhead Door
6998 South 145th East Ave
Broken Arrow, OK 74012


Your garage door opener options

December 30, 2018


Finding a garage door  opener for your overhead door Tulsa can be quite confusing. There are many models out there, and that will confuse you to no end. Sure, lots of modern garages can be remote controlled, but there is always a need for some manual kind of back up at all times, which is why you need to think about what is out there and whether it fits in with your needs. The three types of residential garage door openers listed below give you lots of flexibility when it comes to choice.

Chain Drive

This is the most common door in the market, and you will find it in use in many residential places. It makes use of a chain to push a trolley, which is responsible for moving your garage door either upwards or downwards. One of the reasons chain drives are a beloved choice for homeowners is that they are quite affordable and do not leave the homeowner out of pocket. They are also quite reliable and do not have a history of jamming or snapping. One of the biggest criticisms leveled against them, however, is that they tend to be quite loud, and will therefore work well in a garage that is some distance from your living quarters.

Belt Drive

Here, you use a belt to either open or close your garage door Tulsa. This is distinctive because the former type uses a chain. Because of the use of this belt, the garage opens and closes pretty smoothly, eliminating the noise that comes with chain drive varieties. This makes them an ideal choice for attached garages. The downside is that if you are looking for these types of openers, then you best be prepared to pay a little more than you would for a chain drive.

Screw Drive

Screw drive openers work on the mechanism of a threaded steel rod that is rotated to initiate movement in the trolley, and this momentum ends with the door being either opened or closed. This opener is usually very compact and is made of fewer components than you would find in any of the two other choices. This makes them easy to handle, operate and maintain. One problem you will have to contend with is the fact that a screw drive is noisier than a belt drive.

Garage door opener safety

Your garage door sensor needs to be installed by a qualified professional. After installation, make sure that the sensor actually works smoothly. Generally, sensors throw an invisible beam in your doorway, and this prevents the door from slamming shut on anything that blocks the beam’s path.



The battery backup and manual release also need to be tested for efficiency. These are key because they will allow you to open the garage doors even when the motor is jammed and the power gone.

 If you are looking for a professional to help you with garage door opener installation or even overhead door repair, contact us at Superior Overhead Doors, and our team of professionals will be on hand to assist you.

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