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After we listed our home for sale, I could tell that things really needed to change, and fast. Our real estate agent mentioned that there were a few issues with the exterior of our home, so we took her suggestions to heart. She mentioned that our garage door desperately needed to be updated, so we worked hard to take care of the issue. We completely repainted the door, and then we worked on adding hardware and handles that gave it a little visual interest. This website is here to help people to update their home's exterior in a productive, convenient way. Check it out!


Updating My Home's Exterior

Why Won't Your Sectional Garage Door Close Completely?

Alice Rhodes

Your garage door is your home's first line of defense against car thieves, and a garage door that refuses to close completely leaves a gaping hole in your home security. Unfortunately, garage doors can fail to close for a number of reasons, and it can be difficult to figure out the cause of your door closing issues without professional help.

If you have a sectional garage door that refuses to close all the way, you should call in a professional garage door repair service to find and fix the underlying issues as soon as you can. Here are three common problems that can stop your sectional garage door from closing completely:

Damaged Door Tracks

The rollers that allow your sectional garage door to open and close smoothly are fitted into tracks built into your garage's walls and ceilings. If these tracks are damaged, the rollers may become stuck, preventing your garage door from closing fully. Bent or broken garage door tracks commonly cause problems with doors closing and should be repaired or replaced by a garage door repair service.

If your garage door was recently installed and has always been difficult to close fully, the problem may be caused by tracks that are too narrowly spaced for the door rollers. The tracks will need to be readjusted or replaced.

Broken Spring Cables

Your sectional garage door will also be fitted with springs, which are held under tension to make your garage door easier to open and close. These springs are connected to the door itself with cables, but if these cables are broken, frayed, or tangled, they can interfere with the door's functioning and prevent it from closing completely.

Cable problems can affect both extension-type springs and torsion-type springs, and any damaged cables will need to be replaced. You should always call in professional garage door repair services to do this work for you — garage door springs and their cables are held under a great deal of tension, which can be uncontrollably released with deadly force if they are handled improperly.

Door Opener Faults

Sectional garage doors can be fairly heavy, so many are fitted with automated garage door openers. If your automated garage door won't close properly, the problem could be caused by faults in the opener and its associated devices.

All automated garage door openers use limit switches, which tell the door opener how far to move the garage door up and down to open and close it correctly. If these limit switches malfunction, the garage door may stop closing before it reaches the ground, or touch the ground and then retract back upwards. These faulty switches should be readjusted or replaced.

Many garage door openers also use sensors to prevent the door from closing fully if there is an obstruction underneath the door. If the sensors are dirty or damaged, they may tell the door opener to stop closing the door when no obstruction exists. Try cleaning the sensor lenses to see if the problem resolves itself. If not, the sensors will need to be professionally replaced.

For more information about garage door repair, contact a local company, like Shank Door.