While modern-day garage doors are very convenient, resilient, aesthetically appealing as well as secure, like all the other features on your property, they too require regular maintenance and safety checks. In this article, we're taking a look at the different things you can do to maintain the safety of your garage door. All these precautions can help protect your family from harm. Keep this safety checklist handy, and conduct periodical inspections on our garage door:
Door Springs - These are a very important component of your garage door, however, when not maintained well, can also be the most dangerous aspect of the system. Most homeowners fail to consider the hidden dangers of old and deteriorated garage door springs.
Just like your car’s shocks, garage door springs face a considerable amount of wear and tear over time. If this feature breaks, it can cause a collapse of the entire garage door causing injury to your vehicle or anyone in that space. If your garage door is more than five years old, the recommendation is that you should get the springs inspected by professional technicians and replace them if required.
If the door and has double springs, it is important that both be replaced simultaneously to ensure optimal functionality and equal lifespan. Since these elements have a high spring tension, it is important that they are serviced by skilled, certified and experienced professionals.
Garage door cables - Regularly inspect the cables that are attached to the door’s spring system, connecting them to the bottom brackets of the feature. When you are visually inspecting these cables, look for signs of fraying or wear. Deteriorated or damaged cables can cause serious injuries and replacement of these features should be handled only by trained and experienced technicians.
Squeaky Springs - Sometimes, your garage door springs can be pretty noisy or squeaky. Regular use, as well as exposure to the elements, can cause this noise. Fixing the problem is very simple; all you have to do spray some WD40 on the springs. While you’re doing this, inspect the elements for signs such as damage or cracks. If you have noticed any kind of damage or if you find that the noise persists call in garage door professionals to attend to the problem.
Door Doesn’t Open Easily - When homeowners find that the garage door doesn’t open up easily, they simply tell themselves that it's sluggish because it’s old. However, even old garage doors that have been maintained well should operate very smoothly. Sluggish doors can impact the spring system and throw it off-balance resulting in an unsafe condition. Garage door systems can be dangerous, and it’s always important to hire skilled garage door technicians to inspect and fix them.
Brackets That Are Tamper-Proof - In most cases, the garage door brackets are connected to the springs, and these systems operate under extremely high tension. Older doors do not have tamper-resistant hardware like the newer counterparts. Attempting to either replace or tighten these brackets on older doors can prove to be very dangerous. This job should only be handled by professional technicians.
New Doors Need New Tracks - Most property owners are under the impression that new doors can be fitted on older door tracks. The fact is that keeping your old track isn’t a cost-effective option. It's why garage door manufacturers provide door sections as well as tracks as a complete set, and they are designed to work seamlessly with each other. The best way to ensure optimum performance and a longer lifespan for your door is to use the track that has been specifically designed for your garage door.
Keeping these pointers in view and maintaining a safety checklist is one of the best ways to ensure that your garage door functions well, and doesn’t become a safety risk.