Questions To Ask Yourself Before Replacing A Metal Garage Door


Being able to keep vehicles in a garage is a great way to protect them from outside elements. Depending on the type of garage you have, it is also a convenient way for getting in and out of your vehicle on a rainy day. However, a garage can put you in a stressful situation if you are unable to drive your vehicle in or out of it due to the metal door not opening or closing as it should. Several things could be causing the door to be problematic that might only need repairs. Look over the questions and answers in this article to figure out what might be wrong with your garage door.

Why Does the Door No Longer Open?

A garage door that doesn't open might have an electrical problem, and the wiring to the door should be inspected to ensure that it isn't damaged. Before focusing your attention on the wiring, make sure the circuit breaker that powers up your garage is on. If the circuit breaker has tripped, simply turn it back on. Broken torsion springs can also lead to a garage door not being able to open. The reason why is because the torsion springs are responsible for lifting and lowering the door, while making sure the weight of the door is evenly distributed.

What Causes the Door Not to Close Completely?

If you are unable to close the door completely, the most common reason for such a problem is the photo eyes. You must understand that it is actually the job of the photo eyes to prevent the door from closing all the way. The reason why is because the eyes are basically sensors that are used for your safety to prevent the door from closing if you are beneath it. A laser beam runs across the bottom of the door and will prevent it from closing if a person or object breaks the invisible line. Keep in mind that dents can also cause problems with a metal door closing.

Is it Time to Invest in Getting a New Door?

A professional inspection by a garage door technician will give you a good idea of whether or not it is time to purchase a new one. The age of your door and extent of repairs that are needed will play a role in whether or not it should be replaced. For example, a metal door that has numerous large dents and rusty parts will likely need to be replaced. However, if there are numerous parts that need to be repaired and doesn't take a lot of work, keeping the door is ideal. For example, cleaning the photo eyes, adjusting the tracks, and removing small dents can all be done for a satisfactory labor fee.  


26 August 2017

Your Garage Doesn't Have To Be Your Security Weak Link

I'm Megan Moore. I have always been very security-conscious ever since I woke up to find an intruder rummaging through my belongings in my living room. I never wanted this to happen again, so I purchased a state-of-the-art security system. But despite the security measures that I put in place, my home was still burglarized. The problem was with my garage door. Somehow, a burglar was able to get the code to the garage door opener. I realized that my garage was my weak link and I set out to learn everything I could about garage doors and garage door security.