Archives for January 2016

Chain Drive vs. Belt Drive Garage Doors: Which is Best for Me?

A garage door is an integral part of a home.  Most people don’t stop to think about how many times they go in and out of their garage and the effort that it would take if they had to get out of their vehicle each time to manually open that big door.  Thank goodness for automated garage door openers!  When making the decision to install or upgrade a garage door opener, consumers have several choices.  Here are the features and differences between a chain drive garage door opener and a belt drive garage door opener so that you can make the right decision for your needs.

Chain Drive Garage Door Opener

These are the most common type of garage door openers in the U.S.  They have been around for many years and have a wide availability.  Chain drive door openers use a metal chain, like a bicycle chain, to open the garage door.  While these are the more affordable option, they do come with a few downsides.  This type of garage door opener is also the loudest.   The system involves moving gears and metal parts that result in clicking and a bit of noise as the garage is opened and lowered.  If your garage is detached or away from the home living areas, this may not be an issue.  If there is a bedroom above the garage, however, expect to be woken up when someone activates the door while you sleep.  Also, chain drives may not last quite as long as belt drive systems due to the metal on metal parts.

Belt Drive Garage Door Opener

Most experts consider belt drive systems to be superior, and there are many quality products in this line.  A belt drive garage door opener uses a rubber belt instead of a metal chain to open the garage door.  Because of this, the system is much quieter than a chain drive system.  These systems do tend to cost a bit more than the alternative, however.  Finally, belt drive systems tend to last longer than any other garage door opener on the market, which could make up for the extra cost upfront.

Making the Choice

Making the choice between the two garage door openers depends on both personal preference and your particular needs.  It will be up to you how much you wish to invest in a garage door opener and the level of noise that you can tolerate from the system.  While the speed with which your door operates will be fairly consistent between the two systems, you will want to consider the weight of your garage door when making your choice.  Some very large, customized, garage doors are better served with a stronger chain drive system than a belt drive system.  If you are unsure about what sort of garage door opener is right for you, be sure to consult an expert to help you make the right choice.


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Want a Smart Home? Consider Installing Liftmaster MyQ Smartphone Control

Technology is a wonderful thing, and the pace of technological advancement has never before been so rapid. The resulting tools and applications are also far more available to the average person than in decades past. Gone are the days when computers took up an entire room, or when only the wealthy could afford the newest gadgets. Today, most of us have Smartphones that can make just about any aspect of daily life easier, and new applications are presented on a daily basis. While many of the first Smartphone apps were geared toward personal entertainment and productivity, the power of those tiny computers in our pockets and bags is now being put to use within the home. An example is found in the Liftmaster MyQ Garage Door Controller.

Control Your Garage Door Anywhere, Anytime

Being able to remotely control your garage door is impressive, considering how recently Smartphone technology has become widely available. However, MyQ Smartphone Control goes beyond the ability to simply raise and lower a garage door from a remote location. It also gives homeowners information about the safety and security of their home while they are away. Users can sign up to receive garage door activity alerts, which will send information about any changes that take place while the owner is away. For example, if the garage door remained open after the owner drives away, he or she will be alerted and can then close the door using the same phone app.

Reduce Worries, Increase Security

There is nothing worse than sitting at work and wondering if you closed the garage door as you left the driveway. An exception would be driving across town wondering if your teenager closed the garage door after coming home from school and leaving again with friends. With the MyQ technology, you can check to make sure that your home is secure, and make any necessary adjustments. This is also a great tool for families with children, as it is possible to remotely open the garage door to give kids access to the house in the event that their keys are lost or they have locked themselves out. Remote entry is also helpful when a homeowner is expecting a dog-walker, babysitter or cleaning staff. Having the ability to remotely allow these service providers to enter and exit your home eliminates the need to provide them with a key, which can lead to security issues. Expecting an important delivery? With a Liftmaster MyQ connected home, it is possible to leave a note for the delivery driver to call or text you, at which point you can raise the garage door to allow your package to be placed ina  secure location, then close the door before the truck has pulled out of the driveway.

Contact AR-BE Garage Doors, Inc. to learn more or with any questions about our products and services. We take pride in having served the Chicago area since 1947. We are a family company, and we hope to become a trusted and valuable resource for your own family.

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