Belt driven garage door openers are very quiet. They are able to operate at low noises because the drive runs on a rubber belt. This type of garage door opener is recommended to any light sleeper whos bedroom is in close proximity to their garage. If you can't sleep due to your current garage door opener going off late at night, look into getting one of these belt driven openers.
By far the most comment type used. You might want what everyone else is getting when purchasing something, as it is usually a sign of a product that tried and tested with no faults, but in this case if you are sensitive to noises, this may not be the best option. The way this drive works is that it runs the garage door on a track by using a metal chain. This drive is not too expensive, and comes out to be very cost effective, but like mentioned earlier, can be noisy. It is recommended if you don't mind the noise and if your garage is somewhat detached from your living spaces.
These type of garage door openers run on a threaded steel rod. They can be relatively slow when moving and more noisy (compared to other openers), but are by far the most value priced. It is not recommended for areas where the climate wildy fluctuates. If climate is pretty much constant where you live, this garage door type will have a long life span.
Now that you have a general idea of the different drive technologies that power garage door openers, it is time to consider what is important to you. A good price? Long lifespan? Noise level? From there you can move on to thinking about brand names, and finally (if applicable and upgrading your garage door itself too) looking into garage door designs. For general information about the garage doors openers we carry, please have a look here ».