Do You Have An Unbalanced Garage Door?

Automatic garage door systems are simple in concept, but the system is more complex than most give them credit for being. Any automated system with multiple moving parts needs to be calibrated from time to time to make sure every moving element is in-line and operating efficiently. One thing that can occur with your automatic garage door is your garage door becoming unbalanced. If your garage door is in fact unbalanced, it can present increasing levels of danger as long as it goes unchecked.

Signs that your door may be unbalanced

There will be signs, or ‘symptoms’ if you will, that indicate that your garage door may be unbalanced. Some of those signs are:

  • Your garage door appears to be uneven. The visual test is the easiest to apply and also one that tells you the severity of the issue because if you notice your garage door being uneven with a visual test you know that you need to fix it asap and you will be 100%
  • If you open your garage door manually and the door starts to close on its own is a dead giveaway that you have an unbalanced garage door.
  • If your garage door starts making new noises as you open and close it your door is starting to become unbalanced. The noises may be due to a cable or spring that is failing.
  • If your door just outright won’t open, it is severely unbalanced

 

The Dangers Presented By Unbalanced Garage Doors

When your garage door is in the process of becoming unbalanced it could have a cable or spring failing that could snap at any minute which could cause the door to come down on a family member, pet or vehicle. Keep your family, pets and vehicles by keeping tabs on the condition of your automatic garage door system and making sure your garage door is balanced.

Garage Door System Types

There are many different options out there when it comes to garage doors.  This blog entry will be covering the pros of 3 different types of garage doors in order to help anybody who may be in the market for a new garage door make an informed and confident decision.

Chain Drive Doors:

The most common and tried and true option on the garage door market,  chain drive doors are moved along a track and a bike-style chain that is used to move the trolley that the door is attached to.  These doors tend to produce noise due to the nature of the operation and metal on metal contact.  This lends them to being preferred for garages that are not attached to the main home.  These doors can be made quieter with upgrades to the base system.

Screw Drive Doors:

Screw-drive garage door systems utilize a trolley that travels along a steel rod that is threaded and is rotated by a motor when the door is opened or closed.  No belts or chains are needed for this style of garage door. The simplicity in the design of this garage door system is a reason why they are desired. A lower number of moving parts in contrast to other types of garage door systems allows the potential for repairs and replacements to be significantly lower.

Belt Drive Doors:

Belt drive doors are the luxury choice of garage door systems. The carry a low noise level because they use a belt instead of the chain used in Chain drive style doors. The lack of metal on metal contact significantly lowers the noise level.  The belts are usually made from rubber, polyurethane  or fiberglass. The efficiency and low noise level make these a premium style that carries extra cost for the extra benefits.