Garage Doors - Everything you need to know.

Every piece of information you might need to know when considering garage door service or garage door instillation.

You are looking to service your garage door or even door a total makeover of the door. Having a beautiful and perfectly functioning garage door can go a long way in increasing the value of your home. To ensure your garage door is in perfect condition regardless of the season, especially during winters, you need to regularly check on its components and conducting a well-thought-out service procedure. When looking at these doors, you need to consider the security features that come with them, something residents of Scottsdale can agree to.

In order to make it easier to understand how all the parts of the garage door mechanism work together, this article is structured in the same manner as the garage door, starting from the most important parts of the mechanism to the more arbitrary. 
Also, check out this illustration of all the parts we’re gonna discus.  

Parts Of the Garage Door

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This is the most visible part of the garage-door. There are different types of door panels that you can choose from metallic, wooden, and even fiberglass. They come in varied sizes, single-car doors, double-car doors, and even customized doors depending on your taste and preference. They also come in varied color options depending on your selection. However, most homeowners prefer the steel garage-door due to ease of maintenance, security, and durability.

These are the metallic cols responsible for the raising and lowering of the garage door. There are two types of springs that you can use for your garage-door, extension and torsion. The commonly used type is the torsion that is fitted at the top edge of your garage-door. The extension is, however, fixed on each end of the track.

Torsion springs work by being twisted to provide energy to lift the door, while extension springs work by being stretched. Due to their durability and safety ratings overextension features, torsion springs are continuing to dominate the market. Nevertheless, both of these springs pose a danger during installation repair or even servicing, it is wise to call a professional to help you out.

We at Phoenix garage masters work only with the best and most trust worthy garage door manufacturers. Here are some links to their sites if you want to learn more 

Garage Door Tracks

For the door to operate optimally, it needs a specific guide that moves it in the intended direction. The function of the track is similar to the railway tracks. They are designed to ensure the garage-door moves in the right direction. Inside the tracks, you will find rollers that guide the door when it is being raised or lowered. This component is made of steel and comes in both standard and non-standard heights; this is meant for low garages.

Tube Shaft

This component is located just above the door and is used to the torsion springs into place to enable the transfer of the spring’s power to the drum to raise the door. This component is only fitted to garage-doors using torsion springs. When using other types of springs, you may not need to add the tube shaft.

Garage Door Cables

Lifting cables are fixed vertically from the top of the door to the bottom connecting the bottom of the door to the drum fitted at the top. These cables connect the force from the spring to the door that eases lowering and raising the garage doors.

Drums

This component is responsible for stabilizing the door and keeping the cables taught to hold the entire garage door system perfect equilibrium. Fitted at both ends of the torsion bar, they work by spinning when the door is either raised or lowered, rolling up the cables, or spooling them out.

Garage Door Rollers

As discussed previously, rollers are found inside tracks and move smoothly when the door is raised or lowered. Most rollers are usually made of nylon and steel, with most homeowners attributing the garage door noise to the material used in the rollers’ manufacture.

The Garage Door Opener

This is the garage-door remote control system that is mounted to the car; they open the garage. The electric opener is one of the latest innovations in the garage-door system. Most households in the USA are currently switching to electric openers. This is the most complicated part of the door that requires a power source and a computerized system inside it to work.

Different manufacturers design their garage-doors differently, adding in various components. However, they all basically have the same parts that include logic board, gear, motor, radio receiver, and chain.

Debating about buying garage openers? Want to learn more? check out our article about the top 10 Garage door openers.

Retainer

This is a metallic or plastic piece that s fitted along the bottom of the door. They are designed to hold the bottom seal in place. Different manufacturers design these components differently. However, when seeking to replace the retainer, you will have to replace the bottom seal, too, as they are closely connected.

Bottom seal

This is a rubber part found at the bottom of the door. It is fixed along the entire door panel to seal the door to the ground tightly. This is aimed at keeping out pests and even blowing snow over the winter. This has been seen to effective in desert cities like Scottsdale that have a lot of crawling pests.

Safety sensors

These sensors have become a standard feature on garage doors since 1992. The garage door opener has infrared safety sensors that detect the presence of animals, people, and objects on the door’s pathway. They are programmed to stop closing the door till the pathway is clear. They come in small boxes or tubes that are fixed about six inches off the ground on each side of the door.

Why it's important for you to get familiar with your Garage Door?

You cannot begin to service or repair something that you know nothing about. To effectively work on your garage door, you need to know all the parts that make up the entire garage-door system and their individual functions. This way, you can effectively service your door without inflicting any damage to the door. Knowing how they work also helps you know the specific parts you may want to replace instead of having to do a total change of the garage-door.
This article is centered on the basic information you need to know about the different parts of the garage door. It would help if you kept in mind that there are two different types of garage-doors, the manual ones and the electric doors. Most homes are nowadays fitted with modern garage-doors with specific parts that work in a closed circuit. When one part does not work, it can greatly affect the functioning of the entire door system.

 

This article provides you with a brief overview of the most common part you can find on a standard door. However, you may need to research these doors in-depth to get a deeper understanding before installing or even trying to repair them.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

Now that you are well informed and know what’s going on in your garage. You can now know whether you require professional assistance (which is always recommended)     

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