7 Common causes of garage door damage

Garage doors take much abuse. They are subject to wear and tear because they are constantly being opened and closed, often in harsh weather conditions. The constant wear and tear can damage over time, which can cause problems with the door opener, the door itself, or even the garage ceiling. This blog post will discuss some of the most common causes of garage door damage. We will also provide tips on how to prevent this damage from occurring.

1. Weather damage

Another common cause of garage door damage is the impact of vehicles or other objects. For example, if a car backs into the garage door, it can cause significant damage. The same is true if something falls on the door, such as a ladder or a piece of lumber. Therefore, it is essential to keep objects away from the garage door to prevent this type of damage.

2. Wear and tear

Your automatic garage door is subject to normal wear and tear as with any machine. In addition, the motor can become worn down with use.

3. Misaligned tracks

The metal tracks which allow the door to roll smoothly up and down can become misaligned, thus preventing the door from opening and closing properly. A misaligned track will get worse with time.

4. Broken Cables or springs

The cables that lift and lower the door can become worn and brittle over time, and eventually, they break.

5. Faulty sensor

The photo-sensor that shoots a beam beneath the garage door to detect objects can become disconnected.

6. Electrical problems

Water damage, along with regular wear and tear, can lead to electrical problems in your garage door opener.

7. Neglected maintenance

One of the most common causes of garage door damage is improper maintenance. For example, the moving parts will wear down if the door is not regularly oiled and lubricated. Worn parts can cause the door to stick or jam, making it difficult to open and close. 

These are all examples of the different parts of your residential garage doors that can become damaged and stop working correctly. What happens if you are already running late for work and you try to close the garage door, but it jams on you and refuses to move up or down? You don’t want to leave the door stuck open, exposing the contents of your garage. 

How to prevent garage door damage and malfunction

The best way to prevent many of these causes of damage to your garage doors is to get on a regular maintenance schedule. A1 Door Company offers same-day service for our 25-point garage door tune-up service, providing preventative maintenance for all of your garage doors. Do not wait until your door jams or the garage door opener stops working. We provide professional garage door services to the Central Virginia area. 

If you are experiencing problems with your garage door, it is essential to call a professional for help. Trying to repair the door yourself can often make the situation worse. A professional will diagnose the problem and provide the best solution. Garage door repair is not a do-it-yourself project. Contact A1 Door Company today to schedule a service.

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