Walk out into your tract home garage and I guarantee it is a chain drive ½ HP opener. There is a reason why home builders choose the chain drive garage door openers. It is great for your everyday garage door use, it is the least expensive, and is very dependable. However, because of its design, you will hear the opener more than you would with a belt or screw drive system. A standard traditional steel garage door and a chain drive opener is a great match. There are homes we’ve serviced with the same chain drive motor and door combination for nearly 10 years, and sometimes much longer. However, annual maintenance is important to garage door opener longevity, for whatever motor you have.