Garage doors are designed to work day in and day out without need for much maintenance. It is easy to take them for granted. You can get really used to pushing the button on your remote and watching the door scroll up, but what do you do if your garage door rails suddenly stop working? You might think that there is nothing you can do to fix your garage door, but if the damage to your garage door rails isn't too bad, you can often make repairs on your own.
Blocked Garage Door Rails
Garage door rails are designed to guide the rollers up and down. There is not a lot of of clearance between the rollers and the rails; thus, it doesn't take much to block the rollers. For example, wind can blow leaves and debris into the rails. When the rollers roll up the rails, the leaves and debris can jam the rollers and stop your garage door. To get your garage door working again, all you have to do is clear the blockage.
From time to time, garage door rails can get bent. For example, you could hit the door with a bike or a lawn mower. Once the rails get bent, they can jam the rollers. To get the rollers running smoothly again, you will have to hammer out the bends. Rather than pounding on the rails with a hammer and risking damaging them further, you need to take steps to protect the rails. If you place a block of wood against the rails and then hammer, the wood will distribute the force of the hammer blows over a greater area. As long as you are careful about how you hammer on your rails, you shouldn't have any problem clearing bends and dents out of your garage door rails.
The rails of a garage door are important. They guide the garage door panels up and out of the way so that you can pull your car in. Unless your rails get pulled away from the walls of your garage, you should be able to take care of problems on your own. If your garage door gets jammed while it is half open, you might feel stumped and unable to make repairs, but if you inspect your rails for blockages and dents, you should be able find the problem and make repairs on your own.
If the damage looks more serious, however, it may be a good time to get in touch with a professional like The Garage Door Company.