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A Look at the Parts of Your Garage Door and Their Purposes

Last updated 6 years ago

Though the concept of a garage door is pretty simple, the door itself is rather complicated. Rolling section doors, for example, have a number of moving parts that work together to move the sections smoothly and effortlessly. Here’s a quick look at the parts of your garage door and how they work:  


In order for the sections of your garage door to move properly, they need to be connected by a series of hinges. Like all other hinges, garage door hinges tend to become dry or rusty over time, making a lot of noise once they do. In order to reduce the amount of noise and increase the life of your hinges, it’s important that you lubricate them regularly.

Rollers and tracks

The rollers and tracks allow your door to open and close the same way every time. The rollers are on your top of garage door, the tracks are near the top of the wall, and they need to be properly aligned in order to work. If your tracks are slightly askew, your door will not open or close.


Most garage doors have springs, which assist with opening and closing. Whether your garage door has one spring in the middle, or one spring on either side, it’s important that you hire a professional to maintain and repair them. Torsion springs hold a lot of tension, and are known for causing injuries when handled incorrectly.


In the old days, homeowners had to open and close their garage doors manually. Today, electric garage door openers use a system of pulleys and cables to open and close garage doors automatically. There are several different kinds of garage door openers—including wall mounted and ceiling mounted models.

If you’d like to know more about garage door components, contact GDR Garage Door Repair Service of Dallas. We’ve been in the garage door business for over 15 years, and know virtually everything there is to know about hinges, rollers, tracks, openers, and everything else. Don’t let your garage door fall into disrepair—call us today at (972) 554-7367. 


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