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An Introduction to Garage Doors and Their Safety & Installation

Garage doors can come in a myriad of different sizes and shapes. Their functions can also range widely, from being a cosmetic concealment all the way to a form of basic security. Most of the time, they can be categorized to a few simple styles. When it comes to the overhead-type variety, they’re common for residential applications. These styles can come in different levels of insulation, various appearances, configurations, and materials. As for the installation, you can either custom-build them to match any decor, or you can buy a prefabricated kit. This will work well with our sister company – Gryphon Solar

Those for commercial use often dictate higher security. These types are commonly manufactured in a ‘rollup style’, where they’re made of the various materials so they can better protect against forced entry. Other common installations for commercial purposes include of light weight and aluminum sectional or single panel doors. These classes of doors are more common for closing off an area that has already secured, rather than providing a primary point of security.

The Dangers of Old-Fashioned Garage Doors

Safety concerns with overhead models were most common in the past, primarily due to the springs’ lack of efficiency that was responsible for balancing the door’s weight. During the early 1960s, these springs would undergo high levels of tension during while they were being lifted or brought back down. The bad thing about this is that over time, without sufficient inspection and maintenance, the springs would begin to rust and weaken. As they lose strength and durability, they could have broken unexpectedly, hence causing the spring’s metal fragments to explode, resulting in damaged cars, garage walls, or other items in the area.

The worst thing about this is that there had been occurrences where people were in the direct path of these explosions. Eventually, various manufacturers implemented protective cages to surround these springs. Although this measure was noticeably helpful, they weren’t completely effective. Unfortunately, these dangerous springs are still used for garage doors openers today, even those with remote control. In the instance that the safety and condition of these garage parts are questionable, it is highly recommended to consult with a qualified professional technician for a maintenance inspection.

In Response to Safety Concerns, a New System was implemented.

Due to the inevitable danger that these garage springs posed towards people and property, a safer system was developed to open and close overhead. This development consists of a cable pulley system that is equipped with a torsion where it is able to handle the weight with more safety and efficiency. The torsion is a spring that wraps around a metal rod where it is bolted on one end to a fixed plate. This new system is often installed directly above the garage opening header. By composing of the correct system of pulleys, cables, and connectors, the entire weight of it is transferred properly to the spring system. The main factor that makes this much safer than the previous system is how the energy is stored on the spring. With the older method, the spring was unsupported by an inner pole, where it had to undergo increased amounts of tension when pulled and returned back to its original condition. However, with this new system, the spring is able to rotate either clockwise or counterclockwise (depending on if the garage door is pulled up or brought back down) where some of the energy is forced onto the pole.

How it Works Compared to the Previous System

If it is installed professionally, the energy load that is put onto the torsion spring is completely controlled by the system. Also, the size and weight of the garage door must directly influence the level of durability for the system, so it can properly handle it. In the instance that the spring fails, as it is directly attached to the poll, fragments won’t disperse everywhere, instead it would remain intact. When it comes to issues that commonly occur with the previous spring-only system, I have never heard of a similar occurrence with torsion spring systems. However, this isn’t to say that no injuries have ever occurred with these.

Although it is Safer, It Still Poses Dangers

Generally speaking, it is safe for well-qualified installation professionals to install this type of spring system. However, there have been cases of serious injuries that occurred when untrained had attempted the installation. This is why a warning tag is often placed on visible surface of the system in order to advise untrained and unqualified people of the dangers involved. Not only does it advise untrained people of the risk associated with installing it, but also of repairing, adjusting, and even touching it. This is because with the amount of energy that these springs undergo, if they are incorrectly tampered with it can turn into a horrendous situation. So if the label becomes damaged, tampered, or removed, it is crucial to get a new one reattached immediately.

The Importance of Hiring a Professional to Ensure Proper Maintenance

Some garage doors can either be operated automatically (by motor) or manually (by hand). For both types, to ensure proper operations of the springs, door weight, and other relevant components, everything must be correctly balanced. If the it is improperly balanced, it can be detrimental not only to the safety of the power-assisted motor, but also you along with others who use the garage door. Unfortunately, the actual weight is deceptive, which is why only a trained professional should perform maintenance on it.

As the process opening and closing is easy if it is functioning properly, many do not pay enough attention towards hiring a qualified individual to check overall weight-balance of the entire system. If the hardware, hinges, track, and door opener don’t properly function together, it can lead to many problematic issues such as jamming or shifting. In the instance it isn’t functioning efficiently, and is lacking proper maintenance, it may lead to serious bodily injuries. This is why it is important to ensure that all the garage door parts are engineered and installed correctly, and to hire a professional and qualified individual to undergo an inspection. Otherwise, operating your garage door may be unsafe for you and your family.

Automatic Door Openers

We install automatic openers with remote control openers that let you park your car without leaving it. This provides the ultimate convenience after a hard day at work, or getting home from a long trip. Call Gryphon and receive installation and repairs that are high quality.

Panel Lift

Our panelift doors look great and come in a variety of designs and colors. We can help you select the right model to aesthetically compliment your home. This type lifts sectional panels on rollers that place the door overhead when open.

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