We often get asked by our customers what are the differences between a belt drive garage door opener and a screw drive garage door opener. This question is a good one and deserves an answer. When the time comes to choose a new garage door opener, one of the biggest decisions you’ll make is based on the type of drive system. Belt drive systems are quieter than chain drives and screw drive systems, but they’re also more expensive.


First, both garages door openers are made by Chamberlain and Liftmaster. They are both very well made and will last for years to come. Both offer the same warranty, and both work with MyQ technology which allows you to monitor your garage door from anywhere in the world.

The main difference between the belt drive and screw drive is the noise level when operating. A belt drive garage door opener will be much quieter when opening and closing your garage door. If you have a room above your garage or live in an area where noise can be a problem, then you might want to consider a belt drive opener.

Chain-drive systems offer an affordable solution if your garage is detached from your home, but they can be noisy and vibrate, which might bother you or your neighbors if your garage is attached or near a bedroom or living room.

Screw-drive systems are durable and reliable, but they tend to be noisier than belt-drive models because the motor moves up and down as the trolley travels along the threaded steel rod.

If noise is a top concern for you (or your homeowners association), then a belt-drive system may be worth considering, even though it costs more. If noise isn’t a concern, then you might want to consider a chain-drive model because it’s less expensive or a screw-drive model because it has fewer moving parts for less potential wear and tear over time.