Door Repair vancouver – Information for Home Owners

Garage doors are always an outstanding part of any home. It has become almost a symbol of the typical residence of a typical family, ready to open up in greeting after a long day of work. But not many people know that there is, in fact, more to the existence and maintenance of the homes garage door than it simply pulling up and open when daddy’s car hits the driveway.

Because the garage door is a whole lot more complicated than any other door of the house, garage door repair may take out quite a chunk of the family budget. This is why one must at least know basic ways to troubleshoot one’s garage door, to prevent any unnecessary costs.

The first thing one must know about garage doors is the way they operate. Overhead garage door mechanisms, whether they are built to swing up in one piece or are segmented to roll up in sections, operate on the principle of spring tension. The door itself is guided by metal tracks on the walls (where most of the problems may originate), while tightly wound springs unwind and provide the power to pull it up. The first garage door repair tip is to check the metal tracks. Sometimes, mounting brackets that hold these tracks may be loose or may be dented or damaged. These things cause the garage door not to move properly. Dents or minor damages may be hammered out with a rubber mallet or hammer. Also, it is important to make sure that the tracks are aligned properly. They must both be at the same height and are slanted or plumbed properly, depending on the type of track. All these should be done with the garage door closed.

Garage door repair also includes making sure the tracks and door rollers are cleaned properly. It would be ideal to use a concentrated household cleaner to remove dirt and grease. Hinges and screws should also be checked. Loose hinges may result from cracked hinge wood, or from enlarged screw holes. This loose hinges may cause the sagging of the door itself. When performing garage door repair, it is also important to check the frames where the springs themselves are mounted, to see if they are loose.