Garage door openers with chain drives have been installed in homes since the early days of garage door openers. This granddaddy of openers is by far the most popular.

Since they are noisy, they are not a good choice when the garage is adjacent to or under a bedroom. However, some homeowners prefer the noise of the chain drive since it alerts them when the garage door opens, thereby eliminating the element of surprise when someone returns home.

Chain-drive openers usually cost between $150 and $200; they are the least expensive option.