It’s important that you make an attempt to familiarize yourself with the parts of a garage door. In the event that you have to replace a part or two, you will know what the part is and what it does.
Doors – There are two kinds of doors that can be used to make up the garage door(s). The tilt up door is a single panel. As the door goes up, it will pivot outward and then upward. The other kind is the sectional roll up door. It has sections that are directed horizontally and there are usually four or more. They are connected together with hinges and a placed on tracks. The doors use rollers for an up and back motion. They are safer than the tilt up door, however they cost more.
Springs – There are two kinds of springs that are parts of a garage door. Torsion springs use cable winding on drums to raise and lower the garage door. The cable drums have a groove on the shaft of the torsion spring. You will find these springs on sectional roll up doors. Extension springs are placed on the wall of the garage door on each side. They use a great amount of tension and provide assistance to the garage door when it is lifting the weight of it up and down. These springs are used on the tilt up garage doors.
Brackets – Along with the hinges, the brackets are what help to keep the garage door steady. The bottom bracket supports the attachment that helps to move the cables upward.
Tracks and rollers – The garage door can only move up and down with the assistance of tracks and rollers. The tracks have a guide which allows the door to be raised and lowered. The rollers work in relationship with the tracks. The tracks run vertically and horizontally. In order for the door to operate properly, the tracks must be lubricated on a regular basis.
If you need assistance with learning the garage parts and what they do, enlist the services of a professional who can help you. Also, make sure that you have a regular maintenance schedule for your garage door(s) so that they won’t break down too quickly. You want to be able to operate them as long as you can in the beginning without having to get repairs.