The garage is a part of the house which is sometimes taken for granted since it’s not an actual area for doing home living. But let us not forget that this is a place we mostly use for storage—storage of important stuff like our car and power tools, and old keepsakes. This is why it is also the reason why we need to pay attention to the type of garage door that we have and also, to know which part of the garage door to repair when necessary.
The most important thing to know when you need some garage door repairs done is your garage facelift. The existing garage facelift is necessary for you to choose the style, shape, size, and parts of the garage door. It will also give you an idea of the garage door installation process ahead.
A common garage door part that needs replacement or repair is the springs. Garage door springs provide the necessary support to the entire door every time you open and close it. Without the garage door springs, your door would crash every time it’s opened or closed. Garage door springs are vital to the counterbalancing of the doors so it can smoothly roll up and down. Your garage door springs may be one of two types of springs: torsion springs or a pair of extension springs. Garage door repair vendors take into consideration 4 measurements: wire size, inside diameter, length of spring, and wind of spring (right or left-wound).
Garage door hinges support the springs and the door panels. They need to be checked at least once a year to make sure it hasn’t rotted away or is still aligned together with the other garage door hinges.
Rollers are essential garage door parts. Without it, the entire door wouldn’t work. Garage door rollers enable the door to move upwards and fold to the ceiling. Roll-up garage doors are probably the easiest to install, according to most garage door repair vendors. Also, garage door rollers work only with steel, aluminum, and vinyl doors. They are durable and relatively more inexpensive. Garage door rollers are classified according to diameter, size, and weight capacity.
The balance of the door should be checked monthly also. One should be able to raise and lower the door without any resistance and it should smoothly roll along the tracks and should remain in line as it is going up or down. Usually, a door that does not pass these tests is out of balance and should be adjusted. It is usually recommended that only a trained garage door repair technician with the proper instructions or a mechanically experienced person adjust or replace the garage door springs and rollers.
All moving parts of the door should be lubricated monthly also, especially the garage door rollers and springs. The door tracks should never be lubricated since the lubricant will only create a sticky surface on the track that can attract more dirt and grime, resulting in a door that is really difficult to operate. The bearings, hinges, and rollers should be lubricated for proper and safe operation. Torsion springs should also be lubricated with a light coat of oil to reduce the friction between the coils and to eliminate any noises and to even increase the life of the springs.