About Garage Door Systems

Parts That Make Up Garage Door Systems

Whether you need an entirely new garage door system or just replacement parts for repairs, Ace Hardware can help. Most garage door systems include:

Garage Door Openers

There are 3 main types of garage door openers, each providing effective operation. If you're in the market for a new opener, choose the option that best fits your needs or personal preferences:

  • Chain drive openers. The most commonly used garage door openers are chain-driven. This means that a chain connects the trolley and motor in order to move the garage door up and down. This type of opener requires minor chain maintenance and adjustment, but proves very reliable with a long operating lifespan.
  • Belt drive openers. There's very little difference between openers driven by a belt and those driven by a chain. Belt-driven openers use a rubber, fiberglass or polyurethane belt instead of a chain to push operate the trolley. With this choice, you get the quietest garage door operation at the quickest speed.
  • Screw drive openers. Instead of using a chain or belt, this type of opener uses a trolley and a long, threaded-steel rod or screw to rotate the motor and move the garage door up and down. This easy-to-maintain option runs quietly and smoothly without requiring any adjustment.

Transmitters

Transmitter is just a fancy term for the remote control or wall-mounted entry pad that controls the garage door operating system. Look for transmitters with your desired features:

  • Car visor clip
  • Keyless entry
  • Wireless operation
  • Ability to operate multiple garage doors
  • Illuminated buttons and display

Garage Door Accessories

The addition of a few accessories makes garage door operation easier and safer for the whole family.

  • Rail extension kits allow you to properly accommodate garage doors that are larger than the standard size.
  • Garage safety sensors use laser beam technology to detect people or objects underneath the door, preventing it from closing on them and causing injury or damage.
  • Parking systems and aids serve as markers to help you successfully maneuver into and out of your garage.

Springs

As your garage door closes, the door's springs tightly coil to store the energy and torque needed to raise the door later. The next time you press the transmitter, the springs will release to help push the door back up. These should be replaced regularly to keep your garage door running smoothly.

Replacement Parts (as needed)

If your door is broken, you probably don't need to replace the whole mechanism. Pick up all the replacement parts you need to get your door rolling again in no time:

  • Multi-plane swivels
  • Cables
  • Cable swagger tool
  • Brackets
  • Locks
  • Handles
  • Pulleys
  • Bolts
  • Hinges
  • Many more hardware pieces

Shop Ace today to find all the parts and accessories you need to keep your garage door system in perfect condition.

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