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Correctly fitted tracks play a crucial role in the proper functioning of your garage door. They act as a guide for the rollers. When they malfunction, your garage door can get seriously damaged. Choosing the right tracks for your garage door involves selecting the right size and type.

Here we lay out everything you need to know about garage door tracks to help you make an informed choice.

Types of tracks

We can classify garage door tracks based on the curved track component’s position and radius. There are two types of garage door tracks, categorized by track position.

  • Horizontal tracks: They are useful for garage doors that slide sideways. We fit the tracks to either side of the entrance to support the door weight. 
  • Vertical tracks: They are fitted at the top of the door to facilitate its upward movement. 

Based on curve radius, there are five types of garage door tracks: 

  • Standard radius track: They are the most commonly used tracks with a 15” radius, which requires 15” of headroom. Other stand tracks variations include 20” and 32” radius. With increasing radius, you will need greater headroom.
  • Low headroom track: Also known as dual-track, they feature a vertical and a second horizontal track. They require less than 12” of headroom and work best for doors with tall top sections.
  • Hi-lift track: They are a variation of standard track used for buildings with very high ceilings. But they use a more significant number of horizontal tracks when compared to standard radius tracks.
  • Vertical lift track: They are a variation of high-lift tracks used in commercial buildings. Since they don’t have horizontal tracks, you will need 0 headroom as ample as the door size.
  • Roof pitch track: As the name suggests, these tracks follow the roof structure. The standard radius curve track section is manually modified to match the roof.

Signs your garage door tracks need repair or replacement

The signs mentioned below usually indicate that your garage door tracks are either malfunctioning or have sustained severe damage and need either repair or replacement.

  • Loose or broken cables
  • Bending of tracks during opening or closing the door
  • Deformed tracks due to displaced rollers and lack of lubrication
  • Decaying jambs and footings
  • Split and cracked tracks 
  • The presence of rust and corrosion
  • Displaced foundation 

How to repair bent garage door tracks?

You can try using clawhammer to fix the bends in your vertical tracks. However, when the damage is more extensive, it is best to call a professional to do the job right. 

About Unique Garage Door Services

We are a one-stop solution for all your commercial and residential garage door maintenance work, including installation, repair, and replacement. We also build customized garage doors to suit your individual needs and preferences. You can call us at 8954 703 4054 or email at niquegaragedoorservices@gmail.com to know more. You can also fill our online contact form to get in touch. We will be happy to help.

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