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Garage Door Tracks 

Garage Door Tracks

Garage door tracks house and guide the rollers, which facilitate smooth travel of the garage door. The following topics will help you understand more about garage door tracks provided by Silver Fox Garage Repair in Las Vegas Nevada. 

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Track sizes and characteristics

Garage door tracks come galvanized for protection against rust and corrosion. Earlier tracks had raw steel simply covered with black paint. Vertical track lengths range most commonly from six feet four inches up through 14 feet and four inches, and mostly in 12 inch graduations.

Garage door tracks can be purchased in three widths, one, two and three inch. One-inch tracks find most common use in truck and trailer door applications. Two-inch tracks comprise most residential and commercial applications. Three-inch tracks support and guide heavier residential and industrial garage doors.

Residential tracks commonly measure 0.055, .062 and .075 inch in thickness. Over the years, tracks have seen a reduction in thickness, for the many lighter steel doors in use. The standard thickness for heavy wood doors was 0.075 inch. Prior to that the track standard came in at 0.083 inch. Three inch tracks are normally constructed with .109 inch steel.

Most garage door tracks roll off the assembly lines of either Napoleon or Arrow Tru-line. Previously, all door manufacturers made their own tracks; now only a few do, including Raynor, Wayne Dalton and Overhead Door.

Garage Door Track Lift Types

Manufacturers produce three basic types of garage door track lift: Standard lift, Vertical lift, and High lift.

Standard lift tracks handle the lift for most residential applications. A standard lift consists of a vertical track, rising to about eight inches short of the door height – six feet four inches in most residential locations and a curved section turning back to the remainder of the horizontal track. Together, these allow the door sections to rise and move to a horizontal position above the garage floor.

Vertical lift systems, seen in many commercial and industrial applications, consist of a track which rises vertically as with the standard lift, but include an additional vertical track pitched increasingly away from the interior wall, sometimes to a distance of 12-18’’. This extra space allows for the spring assembly. High lift brackets span the widening distance, at points on the extension.

High lift systems combine the features of standard lift and vertical lift. These feature a vertical track, a horizontal track that is shorter than in a standard lift system, and a high lift extension varying in length depending on application and user needs. Practically, based on a residential garage ceiling measuring about 12’ high, this extension can measure up to four feet (above standard height of seven, five minus one to allow for the top section passage to horizontal track). Residential applications may either start with a high lift system, or a high lift conversion kit can be used to convert the garage door to high lift. These kits have seen increasing use recently.

In commercial applications, the extension portion of track may rise as tall as the door itself, curving to horizontal only near the ceiling. This may present a considerable alternative to a vertical lift in low-space situations.

Garage Door Track Repair and Replacement

Garage door track repair or replacement becomes necessary most commonly because of malfunction on another door part. The list leads off with this type, and proceeds from there:

  • Broken cable and/or cable drum connection. When this happens, and one attempts to close the door, the door will bend sideways and bend the track.
  • Roller displacement may crop up as a clue pointing to tracks. This results from a lack of lubrication on roller stems. Failure to lubricate these rollers leads to inflexibility, and a bending of the lower portion of horizontal track, with a repair shortly to follow (Many still wonder why the track rollers keep popping out).
  • Lock strikers can cause significant scraping on the vertical track, and eventually can lead to a split in the track.
  • “Frozen” or defaced rollers.
  • Decayed jamb or footings.
  • Road salt and the rust which follows (especially in the Midwest or North), or other corrosive industrial chemicals present leads to compromise of the galvanization on the track, and a needed replacement. Natural deterioration results from varied sources based on geographic location. Coastal areas, for example, see more corrosion from a breezy maritime environment.
  • Commercial plant accidents often involving heavy equipment such as forklifts. The hazards of this account for the protective yellow posts often placed near each garage door in a warehouse or plant–to minimize repair bills. Still, sometimes upper vertical lift tracks see damage. Replacement becomes warranted with these types of accidents.
  • Trucks slamming into the dock, or other building hits, often prove debilitating to tracks.
  • Metal fatigue in the horizontal track itself. This arises from repeated door weight put on the track.
  • Normal shifting of the foundation and construction materials, and hence, door parts, over time.

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  • lubricant chains and springs
  • Adjusting Garage Door
  • Inspecting Hinges
  • Track Adjustment
  • Inspect All Moving Parts
  • Inspect Track
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Spring Tension



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