Garage Tracks – What Can Go Wrong?


Galvanized garage door tracks really should not rust, but they can get clogged with dirt and debris. And in some parts of the country road salt can undermine the galvanization and cause the metal to corrode.

The rollers that run up and down the tracks are also prone to wearing down. Replacing rollers is an easy job as long as you get the right size. Two-inch wide track uses what are usually called 2-in. rollers, but the diameter of those rollers will likely be less than 2 in. When shopping for replacement rollers, you will find both steel and nylon products. Steel rollers tend to last longer and cost less, but they are also considerably noisier than nylon.

Faulty garage door springs can also cause problems with the operation of the garage door. And the cables on the garage door can become worn and even break, which can lead to more serious problems if the cables aren’t replaced right away.

That’s why it is a good idea to periodically perform a little inspection and maintenance on your garage door, paying special attention to the tracks and rollers.

Another way garage door tracks can be damaged is if you bump into them (with a car, motorcycle or some other heavy object). The newer, thinner tracks in particular can be bent with such contact. When that happens, it is usually best simply to replace the track.

If your garage door starts making more noise when being raised and lowered, that could indicate a problem that needs to be addressed. How To Quiet a Noisy Garage Door provides some of the most common causes and solutions to garage door noise.

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