Broken garage doors can present many problems. For instance, if a garage door cannot close completely, it is easier for thieves to take things out of the garage or enter the home through the garage.
A door that has trouble closing may unexpectedly fall on a child, pet or elder. Given the weight of garage doors, this can prove to be fatal if not severely damaging. In the event a door cannot open, it may be difficult to get to work if the car is in the garage. It’s important to avoid a broken door at all costs. There are many telltale signs that a door is about to break.
Proper repair, maintenance and replacement can avoid a tragedy, and it can avoid other issues, such as pests/
Pests typically enter the garage even if there is a gap in the door.
Several things can cause a door to not shut properly and tightly. A door that does not shut in entirety is a sign that the door needs part replacement and repair. For instance, broken rollers, even on one side, can cause issues. Before a roller becomes broken, it can become worn. Both sides of the garage door need to support the same amount of weight.
If a roller becomes worn or broken in the slightest amount, the other parts holding the garage door will end up bearing more weight and will become worn and broken as well. Worn and broken rollers can occur from binding. Don’t force a door open or closed if it does not move easily. If the door must be closed, do so gently, and do not open it again. It’s best to not open and close the garage door until a roller can be replaced.
Frequently check garage door bolts as they can become loose for many reasons. Over the years, garage door bolts loosen from normal usage, but they may also loosen when there is a fluctuation in the outside air temperature. Rapid heating and cooling can cause bolts to loosen.
Garage doors incur shrinkage and expansion when the temperature changes. It may not be evidential at first, but closer inspection may reveal those that need to be tightened. If a bolt comes off, other connected hardware can cause a sudden break or cause the door to fall.
Another issue with bolts is that they can become rusted and end up breaking. This needs to be monitored as well. Do not open a door that has a loose or missing bolt. Replace it before attempting to open the door.
A garage door that closes properly offers many benefits. It can help to decrease cooling and heating costs because a garage door that has a tight seal will prevent drafts from wafting in and prevent cool air from escaping the home. The garage indirectly affects the inside home temperature through convection heating. This is especially true if the garage is not properly insulated.
A door that closes securely will prevent the smallest of pests from entering the home where they like to take up residence.
Pests, such as rodents, track in numerous diseases and can make the family sick. Another common issue with garage doors, especially if the door is older, is that they become warped. This can occur over time from being expose to the elements.
Garage door replacement is important in this case. Regular garage door maintenance will help to keep the family healthy and safe.
In addition to the many benefits a garage door can provide when it closes securely, it beautifies the home. Several new doors are lightweight, some are motorized and some come equipped with windows to allow for natural lighting. Besides keeping the family safe, a new garage door adds to the aesthetic appearance of the home, and provides a homeowner with a sense of pride.