Garage Door Track Repair
What Do Garage Door Tracks Do?
Your garage doors consist of multiple panels or sections held together by hinges. When you activate your garage door to open them, they go up on vertical tracks, follow a curved portion in the track, and then move horizontally until they are stationary again. The area above the door is called the headroom and must be big enough to house the curved and horizontal tracks, the springs that counter the door’s weight, and the motor.
What Kinds of Garage Door Tracks Are Available?
Your garage door track system is named according to the curved portion’s size or the amount of headroom it includes. Your home probably has one of these five types of systems:
- The most common standard radius track is 15”, which needs 15” of headroom. Occasionally, a system has 20” or 32”. The larger the radius, the more headroom you need.
- The low headroom track, dual-track, has a second horizontal track. One sits above the one that attaches to the curved section. The second track moves only the top section of the door so that the lower areas can follow. This kind of system is for doors with taller or larger top sections.
- The hi-lift track is for homes with garage ceilings that are much higher than usual. It has a more vertical and less horizontal track to move the door. With a hi-lift track, more of the door stays vertical, and less remains horizontal when the door is open.
- The vertical lift track is similar to the hi-lift and is used mostly in commercial buildings. A vertical track helps ensure the door goes up, and there is no horizontal track.
- The roof pitch track type of garage door follows the roof line and is custom-cut.
What Kind of Problems Affect Garage Door Tracks?
A garage door with bent tracks or one out of line can’t cycle correctly and may get stuck halfway up or down, leaving your vehicle confined inside or unable to enter. You might notice a problem developing over time or have a sudden breakdown without warning. Strange noises, such as squealing or grinding, are signs of trouble. You might also notice that your garage door system’s motor seems to be working too hard to raise and lower the door. Here are some of the most common issues that call for garage door track repair:
- Loose parts
- Damage to the doors
- Broken rollers
- Misaligned rollers
Where Can I Get Repairs for My Garage Door Tracks?
At Overhead Door Company in Portland, we are ready to help when you need garage door repair. Our professional and knowledgeable team can assist with routine maintenance, trouble calls, garage door track installation, and track replacement. Contact us today and let us help!
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