Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How to Make Sure Your Garage Doors Are Safe

Garage doors can suffer damage from accidents, cold weather, or just the passing of time. Your Atlanta garage doors see a lot of use each day—many families use the garage as their primary entrance to the house. However, garage doors are generally the largest moving object in your home, and they can be dangerous if you don’t take care of them. As often as you use them, you want to make sure that they’re as safe as possible by checking them regularly. Broken garage doors can damage your vehicle or even injure a member of your family. For major repairs, call a company like Elite Overhead Garage to make sure the job is done right.

Common Garage Door Problems
Many problems with Atlanta garage doors have to do with the track that guides the door into position. If this gets bumped, it can make it difficult to open or close your door. Or the whole track might shift out of position because of a loose screw. Luckily, most issues with the tracks are easy to fix on your own. Simply work your way down the track, tightening loose screws as you go. Straighten any bent or dented sections with a rubber mallet. It also helps to clean and lubricate your tracks regularly—along with all your garage door’s moving parts. This helps prevent rust and keeps your door from sticking as it opens and closes.

When to Get Professional Help
Sometimes, the problem with your garage door might lie with the spring. Springs can loosen over time, or they may become rusty and difficult to move. In this case, you should seek out a company like Elite Overhead Garage for your garage door repairs. These springs can be extremely dangerous, because an enormous amount of tension rests on them. If they snap, they can cause serious damage to you and your property. Professional contractors can also install safety features on older garages. One popular safety feature is a sensor that can tell if a child or toy is in the way of the garage door, and will stop it before it closes and causes an injury.

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