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Belt, Chain or Screw Drive?

Which is the best way to go when it comes to your garage door?

So, it’s time for a new garage door. so many options, so many prices. Don’t worry! Integrity Garage Doors is here for the rescue. 

This time we’ll discuss the type of drive you want to use in your new garage door. there are three types of drives out there. Belt, Chain and Screw. Let’s explain a bit on each one.

Chain Drive

This is the most common drive in use today. It’s cheap and reliable and it’s pretty much the same chain you’ll find in motorcycle and such. The major downside is that it’s noisy. Very noisy. If your garage is attached to your home, we recommend not using it.

Another drawback is its maintenance. It requires oiling twice a year or more if live in cold or humid places. You should also consider that your garage is a part of your house and when it comes to selling it, the garage is as just important as the rest of the house.

Belt Drive

This works the same as a chain drive, but it uses a belt instead. The belt itself is normally made from composite materials such as steel reinforced rubber. This makes the drive much quitter and faster. It doesn’t require any special attention and they are very reliable.

The only downside is that they are a bit more expansive but considering the overall price of a new garage door, it’s a minor difference. Also, they can lift heavier weights if you require to lift a door such as glass garage door.

Screw Drive

This type of drive is working a bit differently. the opener motor is connected to a rod which in turn is attached to a screw mounted on the door. the rotational forces of the screw make the door open or close.

Because this system requires fewer moving parts, it’s very easy to maintain and relatively quiet. One flaw of this system is that it can’t be used in extreme temperature locations and the system is the most expensive out of the three and they require frequent maintenance.


You can’t really go wrong with any of drive systems. It’s all a matter of preferences and budget. All major garage openers manufacture offers all three. If noise, durability and cost are a concern, we recommend consulting an expert and hire a professional garage door supplier.

As always Integrity Garage Door and Gates are here to help.

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