Garage doors add curb appeal to your home as well as safety. When the door doesn’t open properly, it needs to be repaired as soon as possible. The springs, openers and electric components are just a few of the things that can go wrong with your garage door.
Types of Garage Doors
Garage doors are categorized by the way they open and by the material of which they are made. Most garage doors are made from steel, but wood and vinyl are also popular materials. The commonest type of opening is overhead. The door is on a track with springs that pull the door from a vertical position when closed to a horizontal position when opened. Sliding doors are also on a track but are always vertical and are pulled to one side.
The heavy-duty springs that open and close garage doors, usually last for years. The most common reason they break is wear and tear. The two types of springs are torsion and extension springs. They are both intended to last for years, but if one breaks, the other often breaks soon after. Even if they don’t both break, it is not wise to put one new spring. Both springs should have the same power. The new one will be strong and the old one will be weak, which means both could break again soon. Changes in weather can also add to the weakening of the metal. If the spring breaks, you may not be able to get your car out of the garage. There are emergency services that will come to your rescue 24/7.
Garage Door Openers
There are many different brands of garage door openers. They work with a remote that you keep in your car to open the garage door when you pull up to your home. Sometimes when you push the button, nothing happens, or it might open half way. The failure could be in the machinery or the remote. A professional repair person will be able to find the fault and fix it quickly. He or she will also be able to determine if your system needs replacement.
You could put a keypad on the outside of your door for greater security as well as easy access for you.
Electrically controlled gates are great for keeping young children and pets within a certain area. The different types of gates available open by rolling, sliding or overhead. They can be controlled with a remote, but sometimes the technology doesn’t work properly, and the gate either doesn’t open at all or opens too slowly or quickly. These problems are usually caused by deficiencies in the motor. It may need to be reset, serviced or cleaned or replaced. Most people don’t attempt to do this themselves. They require professional help who will do the job right the first time.
To make your busy life easier and to keep your home in good repair, all of your electronic doors, locks and gates should be regularly serviced.