Questions About Some Common Issues With Garage Doors

Posted on: 3 August 2015

Your automatic garage door was likely a major investment in your home, and repairing this device can be extremely expensive. For those that are unfamiliar with garage doors, it is important to understand a couple of the issues and threats that can strike this part of your home. By considering these two answers to common questions about these problems, you will be better able to ensure that your home's garage door is kept safe from some potentially major damages. 

Is It Possible To Protect Your Garage Door From Storm Damage?

Strong storms can cause extensive damage to your home in a relatively short period of time. Unfortunately, your garage door will be a weak point in the home's exterior, and this can make it prone to suffering storm damage. Strong winds can cause this door to buckle, which can lead to severe damage inside your garage.

To minimize this threat, you should install supports on the interior of the garage door to enhance its structural integrity. These supports will typically be installed along each panel of the door, and they will prevent it from caving in due to the winds. Additionally, you should install a strong locking system to prevent the winds for forcing the door to open. 

What Causes The Garage Door To Slam Shut?

One day, you may notice that your garage door unexpectedly slams shut when you are closing it. This can be quite disturbing because of the noise it makes, and you should treat this problem very seriously. A slamming garage door could indicate that the primary spring is damaged or failing, and this problem will eventually cause your garage door to fail to open. Also, if the spring fails when the door is opening, it can cause it to hit the ground with enough force that it could ruin the door, and the spring failing could send debris into the motor that could cause heavy damage. 

If you notice this problem is starting to develop, you will need to have the door inspected by a professional as soon as possible. By repairing this problem before it causes a total failure of the garage door, you may be able to keep the repair costs low because it will limit the number of damaged parts to be replaced. If the damage is too severe, however, you may have to opt for a new garage door opener installation.

Keeping your garage door safe from damage is important for avoiding the need to pay for expensive repairs and for ensuring that your home retains its value. By understanding the steps you can take to keep this door safe from storm damage and why it has suddenly started slamming shut, you will be in a better position to avoid complications with this part of your house.