A DIY Guide to Bent Garage Door Tracks

Garage doors require lots of movement. You likely use your garage door several times a day, perhaps more than a thousand times per year. And a garage door can weigh hundreds of pounds. It’s natural the parts will wear out, sometimes even break down. And if something should get caught in the grooves, the track can easily bend.

Lubricate All Moving Parts Regularly

One way to avoid bent garage door tracks is to keep the tracks and wheels well lubricated. All moving parts should be well oiled with suitable lubricant such as aerosol lubricant, light oil or silicon oil, especially rollers and hinges. It should be a regular home maintenance task, done several times per year.

Repair Yourself or Call a Professional?

Bent vertical tracks on your garage door can usually be repaired using a claw hammer to bend the track back into shape. If this doesn’t work, you’ll probably have to replace it. Purchase a new track off your local home improvement store. Once you reinstall the track, make sure you have the right track spacing. Not sure? Give us a call. We’ll be glad to inspect your work.

If your horizontal tracks are bent, you should probably consult a professional. This is a complicated and dangerous job.

Either way, don’t simply ignore a bent track. It may work for the time being, but overtime you will cause other damage to the garage door. This can not only become very expensive if ignored, but be a serious safety issue. Malfunctioning garage doors are known to kill thousands of people every year.