Many home accidents are caused by older garage doors, which can be very heavy, ranging from 250 to 450 lbs. The hardware of these doors can also wear out over time. However, many people use the garage door as the main entrance or exit of their homes or businesses, rather than the formal front door. Be sure to use quality garage doors and the mechanism that runs the garage door.
A garage door can be opened and closed by manual or electric means. It is usually large enough to allow vehicles and other items to enter or exit a garage. Garage doors come in different styles, materials, and sizes, depending on the needs and preferences of the users. All the mechanisms & hardwares used in the garage door and the garage door itself should be safe for the users. Some of the common key features of safe garage doors are:
Seven Keys to a Safe Door System
Lightweight. Insulated double steel doors are the best option for both residential & commercial garage doors. But the lightest ones usually weigh about 150 to 200 lbs. So think about it when you purchase a new one for your home or business. The springs can balance the weight if they are adjusted correctly. Never forget that the springs eventually weaken and break. If you see that a spring might need fixing, contact our garage door installation & repair in Bowie, MD.
Squeeze resistance. A finger that gets crushed is the most frequent garage door injury. Sometimes it may get amputated when it’s caught between sections during the movements. We can help prevent these accidents. For this, we recommend pinch-resistant section designs for garage door installation in Washington, DC, and Maryland.
Containment cables. Old extension springs break due to age & use. If you have side-mounted extension springs and don’t want to change your door, you should get containment cables. They run through the middle of the extension springs and prevent them from becoming dangerous whips that can damage cars and hurt people. Have the springs with containment cables. Also never forget to call a professional garage door installation or repair in Silver Spring, MD.
Safe automatic door openers. All automatic openers must now come with an auto-reversing mechanism. The door has sensors on both sides of the door near the ground. If something breaks the beam between the sensors while the door is closing, the door will automatically go back up. The door won’t work if the sensors are not connected. We will install it carefully and make it work accurately with every move.
Securely mounted hardware and rails. Torsion spring brackets should be firmly mounted to the header above the door. The opener and the brackets that support the roller track should be firmly attached to the rafters. We check it on every visit. We take due care of it during the installation or repair process.
Annual maintenance. You should inspect all the hardware of your garage door once a year, such as the nuts and bolts on the rails and rollers. Make sure they are tight and secure. Look for any indications of wear or damage on the cables. Use a garage door lubricant to oil the rollers and springs. The door should work smoothly and be in balance. To test the balance, disconnect the opener and lower the door halfway- the door should stay in place. If it doesn’t, you need to adjust or replace the springs.
Keep the opener switches out of reach of children. They could feel tempted to engage in play. Mounting the switches at least five feet above the ground is recommended.
Maintaining your garage door regularly will extend its lifespan and help you avoid future expensive repairs. Please keep in mind these garage door features and rest assured that your overhead garage doors work smoothly for years to come. Call our garage door repair team if you need to have a garage door installation or repair in Bethesda, MD, Laurel, Bowie, MD, Silver Spring, MD, Ellicott City, or any place in Washington, DC, and Maryland!
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