A garage door may completely detach from its tracks and rollers, causing it to collapse or partially collapse to the floor. Why does a garage door come off its tracks? We’ll explore the causes behind this.
Before diving into the causes, let us emphasize that a detached garage door is very dangerous. The standard garage door can weigh anywhere from 130 to 350 pounds. If the door has come off its tracks, it may be hanging precariously on its lift cables. The amount of weight that comes crashing down can cause serious injury.
The most common cause is the homeowner hitting the garage door with their car. In a hurry, the homeowner pulls out of the garage while the door is still opening and ends up ramming into the lower part of the door. When we repair an off-track door, the homeowner often confesses that the damage was due to their own negligence. Even the force of a car moving at just 5 mph is enough to knock the door off track. Continue Reading →