What Every Houston Homeowner Should Know About Garage Doors

[Posted on October 23rd, 2013 by Matt Davis]


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Houston garage doors play a large part in home security and exterior appearance. Garage doors are large and often face the street, easily catching the eye of casual passers-by. Because they are such as large aspect of the home that is easily visible to the public, it is necessary that it is always in attractive in appearance and in good working condition.

Understanding the Parts of its Sum

When wondering why the garage door is malfunctioning, it helps to consider the individual parts of a garage door. Typical Houston garage doors consist of a door opener, often appearing as a pod or box on the ceiling with wires and runners attached to it for electronically controlling and mechanically guiding the actual door up and down the vertical tracks. Springs attach to the top of the door and the upper tracks. Pulleys and cables keep the movement straight and smooth on rollers along tracks. Door panels, remote openers, tracks, and weather seal strip are the final parts of a garage door; any one or all of these parts could be the culprit in a garage door malfunction. Understanding how these parts can break or warning signs that signal a potential malfunction will assist homeowners with performing the proper repair in maintenance procedures.

More complex issues may be more difficult to discover, but require professional attention to prevent possible injury; these include bent tracks, broken springs, and snapped cables.

Bent Tracks

Bent tracks can cause the door to jam while opening or closing. During normal operation, aligned tracks and rails help to keep the door’s motion straight and targeted. Tracks can be bent by impacts to the door, tracks, or rails. Failure to fix this problem could result in further damage to additional essential parts of the garage door, such as the tearing of cables, breaking of rollers or cables, or wrenching of door panels. To ensure accurate and quick repair without further harm to garage door operation or owner, a professional should be consulted.

Broken Springs

Springs provide balance through torsion and extension; they support most of the weight of the door through up and down movement. Since they ease the lifting of the door both in motorized and manual operation, broken springs could result in jerky, difficult movement of the door. Proper sizing and positioning of springs, as well as care with handling parts under pressure, are critical considerations during the replacement of broken springs and this should be handled by a professional garage door company.

Snapped Cables

Snapped cables can leave a garage door completely inoperable. Along with springs, cables help to ensure smooth operation of the door, supporting most of the door’s weight as that door moves up or down; when a spring breaks, the cable often snaps, too. Cables are typically under a lot of pressure, making repair a hazardous prospect; damaged cables should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent complete snapping which can result in damage to items and people near the garage. Professionals should be consulted for this type of repair.

The garage door is an essential part of a building, protecting and facilitating entry to the garage. A broken garage door can be frustrating for an owner; it can also pose a tempting target to burglars, or lead to further damage if not repaired promptly. However, the garage door is a complex system that often requires professional attention to be repaired properly.