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Is It Time to Replace Your Garage Door Chain?

So how often should a garage door chain be replaced? As Indiana Jones would say, “It’s not the years, honey. It’s the mileage.” Most garage door chains can last between 10 and 15 years, but there are a lot of variables to consider. How often do you open your garage door? Some families use it […]

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Different Types of Ways to Connect a Garage Door Trolley

There are several different types of garage door openers, but all connect to a trolley that lifts and raises your garage door. The trolley is essentially what connects the door to the motor. The cheapest type of garage door opener is a chain drive opener. The door is connected to the opener by a heavy metal chain. The catch is this kind of opener tends to be very noisy. Belt driven openers are a little more common but much quieter. If you are installing an opener near a bedroom, living room or other common living space, you might want to go with a belt drive. A screw drive opener connects the opener to the door via a threaded steel rod that connects to the opener via screws. This option is also quiet and fairly low maintenance.