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A Garage Door Safety Inspection

The most popular style is the overhead garage door - Overhead garage doors are by far the most popular type of garage door available to homeowners. With automatic stop and begin features, people find overhead garage doors easy to use, with wonderful options and safety features.

Overhead garage doors work with a rolling system. The door rolls up and stores along the roof of the garage. Overhead door features to look for are that they are smooth, quiet and compact. Installing an overhead garage door is simple; do it yourself, or get help from the manufacturer. Popular garage door manufacturers include Garaga, Liftmaster, Raynor or DBCI.

Safety is a defining difference among garage door manufacturers. The industry tends to be lightly regulated and so the range of safety options among manufacturers is quite broad. Each year the Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates there are thousands of injuries associated with garage door use. In 2001, for example, there were an estimated 17,000 incidents related to the garage door, many involving children.

the most common area of trouble is between section joints. A finger caught in a section joint can easily be broken or severed. Several manufacturers have redesigned their garage doors to protect the fingers, by blocking access and shrinking the size of the gap in the joint. For some this is found only on the higher priced mode, but for a least one it is universal on all of its garage doors.

Track hardware and the cable used to move the door up and down are also key. many of the track systems, common today, have gaping holes or entrapment points where a child can stick their finger though and can easily result in a serious injury in a thoughtless moment of play. Take time to consider the safety factors of your family, especially if you have younger children, before you finalize your garage door purchase.

safety and garage door springs

For the garage door springs, their tension should be evenly adjusted (on a two spring system) so the overhead door travels properly in its tracksto test it, stop the door slightly above the garage floor (1 or two) and make sure that its bottom/top edge are perfectly horizontal. Measuring the gap along the bottom might not the best way to confirm that, because the garage floors are often out of level. Placing a level somewhere in the center section of the garage door top edge would give you the best readout (remember that the door should not be closed completely!). When the springs are properly adjusted, you should be able to raise and stop the garage door at any height, and it should stay at this level without any assistance (garage door opener arm disconnected).

Important things to remember: 1. Check the rollers/hinges, cables, and the overhead garage door springs often to ensure they are in good working condition 2. Education your children about garage door safety 3. Never leave children and disabled persons unattended near or in a garage door path 4. Keep your body clear of the door path when closing 5. Dont leave person property underneath an open garage 6. Read more about the garage door opener and other garage components

Request a garage door safety inspection here to makes sure your garage door is operating properly and all the required safety features are function like they should.


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