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When it comes time to choose a new garage door opener, the options can be overwhelming and seemingly endless. Last month, we wrote a guide to garage door openers, and now we are diving deeper into one of the more popular options for garage door openers: the belt drive.

Belt drives are appealing because of their quiet operation. Instead of the noisy chain drive openers, belt drives use a rubber belt so your garage door opener won’t wake your spouse when one of you needs to leave the house for an early morning gym run. Or bagel run. Or both.

Additionally, a quality belt drive opener does not require regular maintenance. Marantec garage door openers last for about 10 to 15 years. Of course, for safety reasons, it is still important to inspect your garage door and garage door opener regularly just in case. (If you do need a repair, call a professional — tinkering with a heavy object like a garage door opener is not the time to DIY). Marantec’s Synergy 200 and 300 series offer a limited lifetime warranty on the motor, gears, and rail assembly. The experts at Marantec recommend their Synergy 370 garage door opener for a high-power design that works quietly and reliably with most garage doors.

Belt drives also offer a large variety of options and upgrades for you to choose from. If you have an especially heavy garage door, you can opt for a stronger motor in your belt drive garage door opener. In some states (like California), the option to have a battery backup is mandatory. Marantec opener models all include the option to add a battery backup. Plus, you can upgrade to other cool features as well. LED lights offer better visibility in the dark without straining the eyes, and wifi-connectivity capabilities allow for easy access to your garage from your cell phone.

There’s a reason our experts recommend a belt drive when a client is interested in any features beyond the most basic chain drive model. For a quieter, long-lasting, easily enhanced product, ask your garage door technician about a belt-drive model.

When you work with ProLift Garage Doors, you can trust a quality product. We install and repair doors and openers from reputable manufacturers like Marantec, Chamberlain, and LiftMaster. For a free estimate, call (888) 824-9947.