Our companu also repair the garage doors that come off their tracks. This repair that is required for house security and functionality of the area serviced by 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 widths. Length differences allow for use with different size doors. The same is true for width differences, although for most residential purposes the tracks measure 2 in. wide. 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 garaged door track is actually composed of two or three parts on each side of the door. A 2-in. vertical track runs straight up from the floor. This part attaches to curved (radiused) 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. 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.Faulty garage door can also cause problems with the operation of the garage door. And 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.
That's why it is a good idea to periodically perform some inspection on your 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.