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  • Components of Your Garage Door Explained

  • Here at A-1 Door Company, we want our clients to understand the anatomy of their garage door – so, we’ve written a blog post for you about it! While looking for a new garage door, or a garage door repair, chances are you’ll hear various technical terms thrown around without truly knowing what they mean. Garage doors can get complicated pretty quickly; so before getting stressed, continue reading for a breakdown of the standard components of your garage door.

    Sections: These are the panels that are secure with stiles connected with hinges and rollers. You can replace sections without having to replace an entire door.

    Bottom Brackets (or bottom fixtures): The bottom brackets are attached to the lower corners of your garage door. They serve as structured supports that provide for attachments of lifting cables.

    Torsion Springs: Torsion springs are usually centered above the garage door. When your door closes, cables attached to the bottom corners force the springs to wind up, thus stimulating the system. When your door closes, the springs then unwind and their energy transfers to the door, making it easier to open.

    Extension Springs: Extension springs counterbalance the weight of garage doors to make them easy to open and close. They extend along both horizontal tracks and help to open and close your garage door.

    Cable Drums:  These are the grooved drums on the torsion spring shaft that helps the garage door remain balanced as it opens and closes.

    Tracks: The garage door tracks guide the door to open and close. They are located on both sides of the door and are referred to as the horizontal or vertical tracks.

    At A-1 Door Company, we can help you with all your garage door needs from the basics of garage door operation, to the details of your next garage door installation. We specialize in residential and commercial garage door repair and installation in Henrico, VA – we service all brands of garage doors and garage door openers. Contact us today!