Garage door tracks, also known as rails, are an important component in your garage door system. Located on either side of your garage door, the tracks guide the door each time it opens and closes. While heavy-duty springs provide the power, your tracks harness that power and keep everything moving smoothly.
Garage door tracks are built to handle heavy use, and resist rust and corrosion, but they aren’t impervious to damage. Here are some of the typical causes of bent or damaged tracks:
Door Malfunction: Tracks are designed to keep your garage door moving smoothly, up and down a straight path. When a malfunction occurs, the door may move sideways and cause the tracks to bend.
Collision: This is one of the most common causes of damage we see. Hitting one of your tracks with your car as you pull in or out of your garage can cause major damage. Because most modern doors are lighter weight, newer tracks are typically made using thinner material that can bend under the force of a collision. Not only can a collision result in a scratched car, but it can lead to damage that can prevent your garage door from working at all.
Dirt and Debris: While your door tracks are rust resistant, everyday dirt and debris can build up and prevent the rollers from moving smoothly. If debris is not removed, continuing to operate a door with clogged tracks can cause damage to occur.
Corrosion: Tracks are made using galvanized metal, but corrosive materials such as road salt can cause major damage. Road salt can find its way into your garage, and onto your tracks, courtesy of snowy tires or even a strong winter wind.
When a garage door track has become bent or otherwise damaged, it’s generally best to replace it. You may also want to replace your tracks and rollers if you notice that opening and closing your garage door has become especially noisy. This noise is often the result of tracks or rollers that are no longer in proper working condition. If you are unsure whether there is an issue with any of the components in your door, contacting a repair expert is your best bet.
As with any garage door repair project, replacing your tracks is best left to a professional. Your garage door is operated using powerful springs and cables, which can be dangerous if you don’t have the right training and experience. Once you have detected an issue with your garage door, it’s important to stop using it and take care of any repairs right away. Continuing to operate a door with damaged components can be a major safety hazard, and can result in even more damage to your door. Avoid having to deal with an even costlier repair down the road by consulting an expert at the first sign of trouble.
If your garage door has stopped working, it’s often more than an inconvenience. We’re here to take the stress out the situation! Let our expert technicians take a look at the problem for you. They can diagnose the problem, examine all of the components of your door, and address any issues. Many repairs can even be completed the same day! We have the tools and experience to get the job done right the first time, so you can get back to using your garage again.
We provide home garage door installation and repair services in Calidonia, Houston, La Crescent, Lewiston, St. Charles, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, Dover, Eyota, and Chatfield.
Whatever your repair needs might be, we’re here to help. Our process is quick and easy. Call Bluff Country today at (612) 226-4721 to learn more about our installation and repair services.