What do you notice when you see a garage? The most striking feature of a garage is the door. Garage door panels add to the aesthetics of your property. Garage door openers are now a style statement.
Does your garage work on the remote control? Do you have automatic garage door sensors? The garage door opener system has come a long way. Modern garages look sleek and easy-going. With smart locks, your garage will be functional even with a power outage. Garage door systems have changed with technology. But the major components of a door remain the same. Understanding the common parts of a garage door helps in proper care and maintenance.
Is everything on track?
Let’s take a look at a luxury and sturdy car. The car may have everything to ensure it glides smoothly on the roads. But despite being the best built, it will suffer from a puncture if the roads are bad. Similarly, the garage door tracks and rollers need to complement the door style. Before you select the type of track, you may want to consider:
- How much is the headroom between the door and the garage ceiling?
- What is the side room space?
- How high is the top section of your door?
Garage door opener parts and operations:
Modern garages come with an easy opening mechanism. Today, most garages can be controlled with remote control. For most doors, the garage door opener operation is standard. The opener is like a box that hangs from the ceiling. Each time you push a button or a switch, the opener receives the signal. The motor then supplies the energy to set the door in motion. So the opener has many mechanical parts for smooth function. But the best of elements can wear out. If you are familiar with the standard mechanism of the opener, you will be able to maintain it better. Garage door technicians can help you decide whether a faulty opener needs to be repaired or replaced.
Smooth garages make life easy. But the doors are complex and heavy structures. So what is the one part of the garage you cannot ignore?
Experts suggest that the garage door springs work overtime. The entire weight of the heavy structure rests on the springs. Besides heavy lifting, springs ensure that you have a balanced garage. If the springs break, your door will be out of sync without a counterbalance. Moreover, a broken spring can impact the pulleys and cables. If you see the cables hanging loose, you should check your garage springs. Most overhead garages use extension springs. Extension springs are cheaper than torsion springs. But did you know that torsion springs are more sturdy?
Cables, pulleys, and springs: It is all connected!
Energy from the springs causes the drums to move. The drums are, in turn, connected to the cables. Have you wondered why the door is not working, even if the springs are fine? It is because a garage has many interconnected parts. Cables are the connecting points between the opening mechanism and the door. The drums rotate, causing the cables to roll and the doors to open.
The safety sensors are not parts you can afford to ignore.
Neglecting safety sensors is an open invitation to fatal accidents. Kids and pets play around your garage. Garages are keep-safes for your expensive objects. A garage door without a safety sensor, your garage door can close on any obstruction. The obstruction can be your beloved kids and possessions.
Whatever the type of garage door, you will have fundamental maintenance issues. From the garage floor to the garage walls, every component matters!