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How to Tell If Your Garage Door Tracks Need to Be Replaced!

Garage door tracks—the set of two long pieces of bent metal that runs along the floor and ceiling and holds the door in place—are an important aspect of how your garage door works. As the garage door opens and closes, its weight is held, guided, and supported by these tracks. Old, rusty and worn out tracks are a hazard and could put you and your family at risk. With so much at stake, knowing when these tracks need to be changed is critical. How do you know when your garage door tracks need to be replaced? Read on for some tell-tale signs to look for. But first, let us discuss the common causes of garage door track problems.

Factors that cause garage door track problems

The age of the tracks

Old age is one of the most obvious reasons why garage door tracks fail. Even if your door came with good-quality tracks when it was installed, they will eventually wear out and break and require replacement.

Water damage, floods, and leaks 

If your garage door does not have effective bottom seals, rain water can cause considerable damage to the part of the horizontal track that touches the concrete floor. Water that leaks from the garage door ceiling will corrode the metal tracks.

Poorly lubricated rollers

One or more of your garage door rollers may not roll smoothly if they are not properly lubricated. When this is the case, the tension will most likely break the door cables and bend the tracks.

Salt exposure

If you live on the coast and are in proximity to the ocean, the salt present in the air can over time cause a significant level of corrosion to your garage door’s metal components, including the tracks.

It is time to replace your garage door tracks if…

They are more than a decade old

Your garage door tracks should last 10-15 years if everything is kept in good working order. Some tracks, however, may have a shorter lifespan due to factors such as low metal quality or poor installation. Older tracks without regular maintenance are prone to rust, corrosion, and dust buildup, which lead to deterioration. By replacing old tracks, you have sturdy and dependable tracks that can support the heavy weight of your garage door.

There are corrosions at some spots

Corrosions on garage door tracks can result from insufficient lubrication, water/moisture damage, or salt exposure. Anyhow, corrosion hastens wear and tear and compromises the integrity of the garage door tracks. Oftentimes, rust “hides” on the track parts that you do not easily see or carefully inspect. While some smaller rust patches can be cleaned with soap and water if found early enough, tracks with extensive rusting may be beyond repair and must be replaced.

They are broken, dented, or twisted

When the tracks on your garage door are broken, dented, or twisted, the door will wobble, rattle, and refuse to complete a cycle without a few extra clicks of the remote button. Minor track dents can be hammered back into shape, and bent tracks can be straightened with a pair of pliers or a screwdriver. However, if the tracks have broken, dented, or twisted because of an impact of your vehicle, following “safe” troubleshooting quick fixes may not be enough to get them back to good working condition. Unless the rails are replaced, the damage will only get worse.

Garage door track repair services from Fixxed Garage Doors

Fixxed Garage Doors is a professional garage door company that provides garage door track replacement services in the San Fernando Valley and greater Los Angeles area. We offer a full range of garage door installation, garage door repair, and garage door maintenance services to help you keep your garage door fully functional for many years to come. If you want to request for Free Estimates, contact us today at (323) 364-6764!

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