What Causes a Garage Door to Buckle?
If you drive a car, you likely use your garage door every day. And if you use this feature every day, you know how annoying it is when goes wrong. But alas, many garage door complications are inevitable if you are not properly caring for your door.
Knowing what may cause garage door problems and being sure to handle them accordingly is the only real way to avoid complications down the road. One common concern that we hear from clients is a garage door panel that is pulling in, bending or buckling. Sometimes the buckling even gets so bad that the garage door won’t close at all. The good news is that this problem is easily fixable with the help of a professional garage door specialist. However, the solutions needed will vary depending on the specific reason why the buckling occurred in the first place.
There are several factors that may cause your garage door to buckle, each of which should be checked for in order to maintain the effective functioning of your door. If you want to keep your garage door from bending or buckling, make sure that you avoid these six associated symptoms:
- Your Door is Made of Low Quality Metal: If your door was made from low quality materials, it is highly likely to experience bending or breaking. Flimsy metals in particular are highly susceptible to damage and should be replaced immediately with a durable aluminium or other material.
- Your Door Has Been Exposed to Extreme Weather: In certain cases, weather conditions such as heavy duty storms can cause your electric garage door panels to warp, which then leads to buckling. If this occurs, you don’t necessarily need to replace or repair the whole door. You may just be able to replace the affected panel(s) to get your door functioning again as usual.
- Your Tracks are Misaligned: Garage door tracks are what guide your garage door rollers to open and close in line with the door frame. When tracks are not aligned properly, the door can get jammed and buckle. Sometimes the misalignment is bad enough that it will throw the whole door off the tracks. If you think your tracks are misaligned, seek professional help straight away.
- Your Door Arm is Improperly Installed: Garage door arms connect your opener to the door itself. Properly installed arms should be angled diagonally against the door when it is closed. If the door arm is not angled in the right direction or is too straight, your door or rail may bow up, which is potential for serious damage.
- You Need a Strut: If you are having issued with your garage door opener, your door may require the help of a strut. Struts facilitate a smooth opening and closing of your door and help you avoid buckling or breaking.
- Your Hinges or Rollers Need Lubrication: Sometimes, a bit of grease is all you need to keep your garage door from bowing or buckling and making hideous screeching noises. If the machinery is rusty or dry, oil it up and see if that fixes the problem. Most likely, the door will now open more smoothly without getting caught up along the way.
These six factors are not all the reasons why your garage door may buckle up, but they are by far the most common. Some of these concerns are easily solved or prevented on your own, while others require a more professional eye and set of skills. If you find yourself suffering from a buckling garage door, contact the team at Dandenong Garage Doors to figure out how to best solve your problem.