Whether you operate an auto repair shop or a large food plant, it's important to keep your garage doors in good working order. Garage doors can experience problems from overuse or aging. Some doors make strange sounds that indicate a problem with their mechanical pieces. Here are some things to look for in your commercial garage door and how you can address them.
What to Look For
One of the problems you want to look for is noise. Garage doors should glide easily in their tracks when you open and close them. The doors should also be relatively quiet when you use it. But if your garage door is very noisy or doesn't lift smoothly, it's probably time to replace it.
The metal components in your door can rust or break with age. Some doors pop, scrubs, or make other scary sounds when lift and lower them. Unless you perform detailed or regular inspections of your overhead door, you might not see these problems right away.
You can try to improve how your garage door operates and sounds by applying oil to the metal parts, including the hinges, rollers, and tracks. Allow the oil to penetrate the parts before attempting to use it again.
If the door still sounds and acts strange, you may need to repair or replace it.
How to Improve Your Door
First, keep the area safe by placing warning signs near the garage. Other employees may attempt to use the door when you're not present or aware. If the problem lies in the door's springs, it can be potentially harmful to anyone who uses the door. Springs can give out if they rust or break.
Once a contractor arrives to your shop or establishment, they'll test different mechanisms in the door for problems. The contractor wants to make sure it's the door and not the opener that's the problem. If it's the opener, a contractor will suggest that you install a new one. If it's the springs, a garage door specialist will go ahead and replace them.
You can keep your overhead door free of problems by having it inspected by a contractor. A contractor can make recommendations on how to repair the door if it goes off track or experiences problems in its components. You may also wish to look into upgrading different parts of your door to keep your business running smoothly.
Don't hesitate to contact a specialist for more information about your commercial garage door.