Garage Door Glossary08/27/2013 Back To Blog
There are many parts which go together to form the average garage door. Whether you have suburban standard steel, an all-glass or a wooden door you may notice different parts which go into both the door and its opener. The following article is a brief glossary of the terms used in installation and what to do if something breaks. In the standard door, there are many different garage door parts. Here we will discuss about the rollers, rails, springs and safety cables. When all the parts fit together properly, they form a certain efficient symmetry that allows a large and bulky machine to function daily with minimal trouble.
The garage door rollers slide the door along the track when it is being raised or lowered. These are very important and if you have damaged garage door tracks or rollers it is advised to not operate the door again until you have a chance for an expert to come in and repair it. It may be necessary to replace the track, so be sure to have a professional analyze the damage and explain whether your better option is to repair or to replace the door.
There are also two different kinds of springs used in garage doors. Extension springs are placed on either side of the door and provide balance as it is raised or lowered off the ground and torsion springs are used to help lift the garage door off the ground. Safety cables are a necessary back-up system for your springs. Without safety cables, a broken spring becomes a dangerous projectile. They are kept under high tension in order to do their job, so when one breaks, you need an expert to come in and repair it, as it is one of the most dangerous jobs in garage door repair. Safety cables provide a little extra protection in this situation.
The hinges are placed at each edge of the door panels. They allow the door to bend as it is raised, so it can be rolled upward panel by panel and easily fitted beneath the roof of the garage. There is an occasional safety risk with the hinges. They generate a lot of pressure as they fold the door together and sometimes children have their fingers pinched by the door. It is important to always keep hands out of the panels when the door is being lowered or raised.
Knowing the parts of the garage door will be highly useful if it becomes necessary to have repairs done. It gives you the vocabulary to describe the problem and to understand which steps may be necessary to fix it. It also is essential if the choice is to replace a broken part.