Keep your garage door safe this winter

Winter has well and truly kicked in. We know the frosty weather can make it hard for us to get going in the morning, but did you know the same can be said for our garage doors?  This is not only inconvenient but can also be unsafe. Garage door springs expand in the heat and contract in the cold. This puts extra pressure on the springs, eventually causing them to break, which can be dangerous.

What are garage door springs?

The metal springs on a garage door are used to open and close the door. This takes the weight off the door so you, or the motor, can lift it. If these springs break, the door becomes very dangerous, so they need to be replaced immediately. The good news is you can avoid this.

How do I prevent broken garage door springs?

To avoid broken springs you need to make sure the springs have the correct tension. If the tension isn’t right, it means there’s extra pressure on the spring.  It also means your automatic opener may not work as the motor is tuned into the correct tension when it’s installed.

We re-tension springs as part of your garage door service. You should service your garage door every 12 to 18 months to avoid these issues.

What if the springs are already broken?

When a garage door spring is broken, the door becomes very heavy to lift. You’ll be able to see if they’re broken just by looking at them. You may also hear a loud bang from your garage when it happens.

Don’t try to fix the door yourself. Garage doors are very heavy. If you try to lift a door with a broken spring it can fall and injure you. Call a professional straight away. We’ll always make broken springs a priority.

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