A garage door is one of the most frequently used pieces of home hardware in our homes. When a garage door stops working you can have major problems with both your vehicle and your home. This article will provide you with important tips for repairing your garage door and preventing serious problems with your door.
You can repair a garage door in many ways. First, you can remove the old door and replace it with a new door. If this is not an option for you then you should check to see if there is a problem with the springs or cables. These can often be checked by using a specialized tool, but it is usually recommended that you have an expert inspect your doors.
Before attempting to repair your door with the help of a professional you should determine what type of door you have and call your local contractors. Most people do not know this information, but if you have metal garage doors you may need a special type of steel to replace the metal on the doors.
There are three types of doors for your garage. They are roller doors, bi-fold doors, and garage doors. When looking at the type of door you have you should look at all of the options available for your doors.
The first thing to determine is if you need a raised or lowered door. Raised doors require some minor repair work, but a lowered door does not require repair. Depending on how heavy the door is, it may require lifting the door off of the tracks. Do not attempt to lift the door off of the tracks unless you are fully trained in garage door repair.
Before opening your garage door you should examine the tracks. Most tracks can easily be inspected and lubricated using household lubricant. For large tracks that are difficult to inspect, contact a garage door company for their advice. If the tracks are poorly constructed, you may experience problems with your door, especially if you use a heavy door.
Once you have determined the type of door you have you will want to examine the tracks. Use lubricant or an exacto knife to remove any debris from the tracks. Do not attempt to unscrew the track unless you are fully trained in garage door repair. Using a rubber mallet will allow you to loosen the track, but a screwdriver or exacto knife should be used to break the tracks down completely. Check for any tears or splits on the tracks, and make sure they are not sticking together.
After you have loosened the track, inspect the tracks for any damage. If there is any damage, use household lubricant to repair the damage. If you are unsure whether the tracks can be removed from the tracks, you can use a miter saw to cut through the track and remove it completely. Next, remove the door from the tracks. The door can be pushed out of the tracks, however, you may need to use a hammer to break the door from the tracks once it is removed.
Before repairing the door you should remove any debris that may be on the door. This includes leaves, dirt, and other debris. Before cleaning the door use a broom to sweep up any debris that may be stuck between the door and the tracks. A vacuum cleaner can also be used to clean the door.
Now that the tracks are clear, you can remove the door and replace it with the new door. In order to install the door, use a level and adjust the height until the door fits into the tracks properly. You may need to remove the hanger.
Place the door back on the tracks and continue to track it until it reaches the top of the tracks. Use an exacto knife to remove any debris and place the old door back onto the tracks. Screw the door to the tracks and use the same exacto knife to remove any excess debris.
By taking these steps you can save yourself a lot of money by having a professional garage door repair done. By replacing parts and protecting your garage door, you can save yourself time and money.