Garage doors are vulnerable to damages just like other doors. However, garage doors can be expensive to repair particularly when there are faulty parts that need to be replaced or repaired. The good news is that you can repair your garage door devoid of having to seek the services of a garage door repair specialist. Below is a simple step-by-step guide on how to repair a garage door.
Start with checking the garage door

At times, identifying the problem with your garage door can be difficult and that is exactly the reason as to why you need to do a thorough check on your garage door first. After all, you can’t really start repairing your garage door without first knowing the exact problem it has.

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Start with checking the metal tracks and then check the metal brackets joining the metal tracks to the walls. Just in case they have become loose due to prolonged use, you can tighten them using screws or bolts. Try to close and open the garage door while examining the door for cracks, flat spots, crimps or dents. If you find some damaged spots, use the rubber mallet to hit them out. You can also pound the damaged spots using a hammer and a piece of scrap wood, Once you have checked the garage door and identified the real issue with it, embark on fixing it to restore the door to full operation.

Make sure the metal tracks are properly aligned

Faulty metal tracks or metal tracks that aren’t properly aligned are among the leading problems with garage door. Therefore checking whether the metal tracks are properly aligned is a crucial part of fixing a damaged garage door. You can use a level to ensure they have been aligned properly. For horizontal metal tracks, ensure they are slightly slanted downward towards the back of the door. For roll-up garage doors, make sure the vertical sections of the metal tracks are plumb. Moreover, the height of both metal tacks should be at par with the garage walls. In case the metal tacks aren’t properly aligned, you can loosen them but devoid of removing the bolts or screws holding the mounting brackets. Don’t forget to carefully tap the metal tracks into their rightful position. Before tightening the bolts or screws, use a level to ensure the metal tracks are in their rightful position.

Clean the metal tracks

Using a concentrated household cleaner, clean the metal tracks until they are thoroughly neat. Dirt and debris can lead to garage door problems if the metal tracks aren’t cleaned properly and regularly.

Check for any loose hardware

Your garage door may not be damaged as you think. At times it may have issues solely because of loose hardware and therefore checking for any loose hardware and tightening it is vital. If you have a swing-up garage door, examine the plates or where the garage door spring is mounted to be certain that the screws are tight. If they aren’t, you can tighten them as needed. If you have a roll-up garage door, examine the hinges holding the garage door together and then tighten them accordingly. Don’t forget to replace any damaged garage door hinges.

If the hinges are sagging on one side, service the hinges to fix the problem. Where the screw hole has been enlarged, you can use a longer screw to replace the original screw. If the wood has a crack at the hinge, you can remove the hinge and then fill the cracks together with the screw holes using wood filler. Allow the wood filler to dry prior to replacing the hinge, and preferably move the hinge to solid wood.

Having a faulty garage door or a garage door that isn’t working as expected can compromise the safety of your garage. As such, have your garage door fixed promptly to keep your garage door safe all the time. Luckily, you can repair the garage door on your own without having to seek the services of a garage door repair specialist.