You may not have paid much attention to the inner mechanisms of your garage door before, but if a problem arises, it should be remedied immediately with a little DIY maintenance. We’ve put together a quick list of basics about the components of garage doors and how to keep them functioning at their best.
The hinges work by connecting the door’s sections and allowing it to bend. If you hear a little noise from the hinges, it means they require lubrication otherwise they may crack or break. The smooth movement between the rollers and panels is made easy thanks to hinges. If you find it difficult to roll up your garage door, it might be due to dirt accumulation in the components. A good cleaning with some wire wool and kerosene is all that’s needed to free up the movement.
The tracks are located on either side of the garage door and serve as guides for rollers. These components facilitate smooth movement of the door and also require lubrication. A good set of tracks allow you to open and close the door without any difficulty. If one or both tracks get knocked out of place, they may cause damage to the rollers. As soon as you notice a problem with opening or closing your garage door, you will need to adjust the tracks before they end up costing you a lot of money. This can be done by tightening the screws and bolts that keep the bracket to the track. In case the problem is complicated, contact an experienced door repair engineer.
Rollers are available in various materials, sizes, and shapes. To determine the most suitable type of door roller for your garage tracks, you may need to contact a technician. To choose the right roller, you should be aware of two primary factors: the dimensions of the roller and the purpose of your door. Most roller sizes come in standard sizes in the garage door industry. These are usually 1 inch, 2 inch, or 3 inches in diameter. Use a ruler to measure the face of the roller. Once you know the diameter, you will also have to find out the full length of the stem. This can be done by measuring the stem from where it meets the roller. Once you get all the measurements done, you will be able to choose the right product size.
Springs and cables
Almost all garage doors depend on tightly wound metal cables and springs in order to operate correctly. The opening and closing mechanisms heavily rely on springs and cables. You can choose from two types of springs: the extension springs that are installed alongside the track and the torsion type which is mounted above the opening of the door. Metal cables are most commonly used to connect the springs to the bottom corner of the door. The cables and springs should be inspected every so often for signs of wear and tear. If you hear squeaking noises, just apply a layer of lubricant to stop the noise. But if you have problems with opening and closing the door, or the springs become loose, you must contact a professional garage door repairman right away.