Our company repairs garage doors that come off their tracks. Keeping your garage door in working order ensures security of your home and of course the full functionality of your garage door.
Garage door tracks are simple and efficient. They help guide the rollers when the door is being raised or lowered. When the tracks and rollers are in good shape, the door moves easily and reasonably quietly. When the tracks or rollers are no longer in good shape, the door may become difficult and noisy to operate. Garage door tracks are available in many lengths and a few different widths. Length differences allow for use with different size doors. The same is true for width differences, although for most residential purposes the tracks are the same. Tracks on older doors are often much thicker and heavier than those used on newer doors. That's because the garage doors themselves are often considerably lighter than they used to be.
A typical garage door track is actually composed of two or three parts on each side of the door. A vertical track runs straight up from the floor. This part attaches to the curved track that shifts the door from its vertical to a horizontal path. Sometimes the curved section connects with a separate, straight horizontal section. Other types of track have the curved section integrated with the horizontal section.
Galvanized garage door tracks really should not rust, but they can get clogged with dirt and debris. And in some parts of the country road salt can undermine the galvanization and cause the metal to corrode.
The rollers that run up and down the tracks are also prone to wearing down. Replacing rollers is an easy job as long as you get the right size. The two-inch wide track uses what are usually called 2-in. rollers, but the diameter of those rollers will likely be less than 2 in. When shopping for replacement rollers, you will find both steel and nylon products. Steel rollers tend to last longer and cost less, but they are also considerably noisier than nylon. A faulty garage door can also cause problems with the operation of it being opened and closed. In addition, to the previously mentioned problems, the cables on the garage door can become worn and even break, which can lead to more serious problems if the cables aren't replaced right away.
With the above in mind, it is a good idea to periodically closely inspect the garage door, paying special attention to the tracks and rollers. Another way garage door tracks can be damaged is if you bump into them (with a car, motorcycle or some other heavy object). The newer, thinner tracks in particular can be bent with such contact. When that happens, it is usually best simply to replace the track.
Garage Door Maintenance and Inspection
Our 17-point biannual Inspection service can keep your maintenance costs low and make the overhead garage doors working smoothly and efficiently.
We provide a comprehensive maintenance services that ensures your garage doors and garage openers systems run smoothly and efficiently throughout the years. In fact the annual inspection can extend the life of Garage Doors by up to 70%! The following is a list of our maintenance services:
- Inspection and alignment of track
- Inspection/ maintenance of drums
- Inspection/ maintenance of cables
- Adjustment and lubrication of springs
- Inspection and replacement of panels
- Roller lubrication and inspection
- Inspection and lubrication of bearings
- Inspection and securing all hardware
- Inspection and setting all operator limits
- Testing and setting of up and down force
- Inspection of dock leveler welds and mounts
- Testing and maintaining leveler pumps and fluids
- Inspection of dock bumpers
- Maintenance of truck restraint systems