Repairing a Garage Door

Do you know the difference in garage doors if you were needing to replace or repair your garage door? Toledo most people want to know about the various sizes, types and material garage doors available to make an educated decision. Everyone should know some basics about their overhead door repairs or replacement doors so you won’t make a horrible mistake. Here are a few pointers to help you with the basic terminology for garage door repair in Toledo or any other part of the country. This will also include tips for replacing your overhead door.

Before you can even begin to order a garage door replacement, you need to know the overall size or dimensions of the door or the opening. This can be done with a simple tape measure. For a new door just measure the inside dimensions of the opening. The inside walls and the header are will need to be prep to accommodate the door rail hardware, the overhead spring and the automatic garage door opener. Before any repairs can be done it is good to know the dimensions of the door for the service tech. This is to make sure they have the proper hardware and parts to make the repair.

One repair that requires a professional involves garage door spring replacements. These repairs should in no way be done by an amateur. The high torsion springs can be very dangerous to handle, install and adjust properly. There are a few repairs a homeowner can make so you should know when it’s time to calling the overhead door repair pros.

Sizes of Garage Doors

We will start out with the smallest size first; that would be a golf cart overhead door. These are much smaller in size especially made for golf carts or small off road vehicles. The doors typically measure 5′ 6″ to 5′ 8″. Just large enough for these vehicles. Next is the single car garage doors that start at 8′ x 7′ and go to 10′ x 7′. Single car garages can be very small for some of the larger cars or trucks. Keep this in mind if you are able to request the size of doors when you are having a custom home built. Even if are not and they are in the early phases of construction it is certainly worth having the larger size door for a single car garage. Other sizes available are 12′ doors all the way up to the double car doors 16′ – 18′ wide x 7′ tall.

If you are having problems with your door opener and need to get your car out of the garage it is very simple to do. First locate the red cord and handle that is attached to the opener and the door itself. Pull the handle to release the arm from the door. Now you should be able to manually lift and close the door. Check to see if the door is balanced. You should be able to raise the door halfway and let it go. The door should remain in place if it is balanced. If your door goes up or falls down you should call a garage door professional for repairs.

Sometimes the repairs can be simple and it is just a case of adjusting the side tracks and rails to proper positions. Over time the nuts and bolts can become loose and allow the door to get off track. This is one repair that if you don’t feel comfortable making just visit the pros at