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If you’re planning to have a new garage door installed or have your opener system replaced, one thing you’ll want to consider is the differences between overhead and wall-mount openers. Here’s a little about both of these garage door opener styles.

Overhead garage door openers

Overhead openers are attached to the ceiling of the garage and include a rail track and lift that can be operated with 3 different driving systems:

1. Chain openers: With a chain assembly, the garage door is opened by chain ropes that run on tracks. Chain drives are common in garages across Florida and are strong enough to last 10+ years. However, they require a little more maintenance than other styles and are louder.

2. Belt openers: This style is growing in popularity because belt systems are quieter than chain systems and do essentially the same job. Belts typically are made of durable fiberglass, polyurethane or rubber reinforced with steel.

3. Screw-drive openers: Screw-drive openers lift the garage door with a metal rod that glides on the track. These are ideal for heavy wear and tear applications. To maintain a long life, screw-drive garage door openers must be lubricated regularly.

Overhead door opener advantages

  • Installation and repair of overhead systems are generally less expensive than for wall-mount systems.
  • All styles of overhead garage door openers are quieter these days than in years past. Quiet DC motors are included with many chain and screw-drive openers.
  • Will hold up under the heaviest loads.
  • Available timers, rolling door codes, battery backup and MyQ can enhance overhead garage door openers’ performance.

Wall-mount garage door openers

Wall-mount openers are installed on the wall next to the garage door. This type of opener is connected to the door’s torsion bar to raise and lower the door. Wall-mount openers are ideally suited for standard, vertical and high-lift garage doors.

Jackshaft wall-mount openers are showing up in more and more residential garage door systems. Years of dependable service, advanced security and smooth operation have made them popular in commercial applications for years. These openers are perfect when space is at a premium.

Wall-mount door opener advantages

  • Long-term top performance with jackshaft opener systems.
  • Great for garages with low ceilings or tall stacks of stored items. By contrast, overhead door openers need about 48 inches of ceiling space.
  • No emergency release cord that separates the door from the opener system. This design can be convenient, but it also can be controlled from outside the garage, giving burglars easy access. Wall-mount systems therefore offer added security.
  • Jackshaft openers can feature reversal systems and sensors for increased safety performance.

There’s a lot to know about the different styles of garage door opener systems and their features. When consulting with a company to have a new door installed or a garage door repair service to replace your opener, get all the details to help you make the best decision for your specific needs and budget.

Safe Way Garage Door Repair & Service of Lakeland, FL, can guide you in all your options for garage door opener systems as well as all the repair and maintenance needs your door may require. Call Florida’s trusted garage door experts at (863) 701–9779.

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