Roller doors are one of the most popular garage door choices for Australian homeowners, owing to the fact that they are quite cheap to buy and easy to install, operate, and maintain. Garage roller doors feature a corrugated design, as they are designed to roll up and down. Unfortunately, this design requirement limits the material options available for roller doors to metals, such as steel and aluminium, only. Non-metal door materials, such as solid wood and fibreglass, are simply not viable options for garage roller doors.
Like other types of garage doors, roller doors aren't immune to problems. If you use a roller door in your garage, there are a variety of issues that you are likely to face over time. One of these issues is misaligned tracks. Read on to find out some of the common reasons the tracks on your roller door may be thrown out of alignment.
1. Vehicle Accidents
The track on your roller garage door and the door itself aren't designed to withstand the force of impact, even at slow speeds. That's why accidentally hitting your roller door with your car can cause the door track to become misaligned easily. Always wait until your garage door rolls up fully before you drive into or out of the garage.
2. Loose/Worn Out/Faulty Rollers
The rollers on your garage door are what allow the door to move up and down while rolling along the track. Over time, however, these small but crucial components can become loose, worn out or damaged from normal door operation. When this happens, you will have difficulty opening and closing your door, and this can cause it to slip off-track.
3. Broken Cables
Garage door cables work in tandem with the garage door springs to ensure that the door is lifted or lowered safely. If these cables become broken, the weight of the entire door won't be balanced correctly, causing your door to move further down the track and get thrown out of alignment.
Misaligned tracks increase the likelihood of the rollers coming off the tracks during door operation. Unless you are trained and experienced garage door repair, you should let a professional make the necessary fixes on your behalf. Attempting a DIY track repair job can be dangerous and might even jeorpadise the safety of the people around you. More importantly, you shouldn't continue to use a roller door that isn't working correctly.