The Importance of Repairing Your Garage Door Tracks!

Your garage door is a big investment, so it only makes sense that you want to keep it in good working condition so it can be worth the high cost. It is critical that all components of your garage door, including those that do not move, such as the track, be in good working order. Many homeowners assume that garage door tracks will perform well for years to come even without maintaining them. However, if neglected, the poor condition of the garage door track could lead to a variety of problems.

What causes garage door tracks to bend?

Inappropriate door arm or track angle

An inappropriate angle of the door arm (the curved metal that connects the garage door opener to the garage door) if not inclined appropriately, will cause the track to bend up. When the door is closed, the door arm should be at a 45-degree angle to the door. If the door arm is angled straight up and down, this will force the track up. The same thing happens if the track is not angled appropriately. The track should be slanting down from the header bracket above the door to the opener unit. The proper angle of the rail and door arm should be found in your owner’s handbook. Operating your garage door on bent tracks will add unnecessary stress on the door and operator.

Corrosion

Garage door tracks are galvanized to protect your garage door track from rust and corrosion. However, the presence of road salt, rust (particularly in the Midwest or North), or other corrosive industrial chemicals compromises the galvanization on the track. Deteriorating tracks can be caused by a variety of natural factors depending on where you live. A windy coastal atmosphere, for example, causes increased corrosion of your garage door’s metal components, tracks included. Most of the time, corroded tracks are beyond repair and necessitate replacement.

Metal fatigue

After several years of repeated door weight put on the track, your garage door track may start to suffer from metal fatigue. This arises from repeated door weight put on the track. When the tracks have become worn and damaged, you will see and feel ripples or areas that are bent. This will eventually allow the rollers to come off the rails or out of the tracks. You can prolong the life of your tracks by hammering those areas straight again, but how long that will work depends on how much use the door gets. You know that the tracks will probably fail, so why risk injury or further inconvenience when you can simply replace them.

Inadequate roller lubrication

The lack of lubrication on roller stems causes roller displacement, in turn causing tracks to bend. Inadequate lubrication causes rollers to become rigid, forcing them to constantly pop out of the track. When you spot a bend in the lower half of the horizontal track, it is time to call for professional repair service.

What to do if your garage door track is bent?

If you notice your garage door tracks are bent or misaligned, you should immediately stop using them. Continued use may cause the door to slide off the tracks, causing more damage to your garage door system. Sometimes,  bent garage door tracks can be fixed with simple DIY solutions, such as using a claw hammer or screwdriver to bend them back into shape. If this fails, it is best to just replace them with new ones.

Garage door repair services from Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities

We are a well-established company in the garage door repair services industry, providing quality garage door repair solutions at reasonable prices. We specialize in garage door track replacement and repair, and we offer other services such as garage door installation and garage door maintenance. Call Titan Garage Doors Quad Cities today at (309) 808-7181 to request Free Estimates.

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