Reusing your old garage door tracks might seem like an easy way to save some money when replacing your old or damaged residential garage door. Many homeowners are so strongly tempted to install their new door on their old track that they fail to take into account the safety hazards and risks of their choice. While reusing old tracks can be done, it is important to consider the following facts before jumping at the possible opportunity of saving a few bucks.
Things to Consider before Reusing your Old Garage Door Tracks
If you are installing a different brand door, or even a different style within a given brand, the old track may not fit with the new door. The door thickness and weight are key factors in determining the type of track a specific door will need. If a new door is thicker or heavier than the old one, even by a few pounds, the tracks may not be able to support it and it becomes a serious safety issue.
In addition to weight and thickness, headroom and operator size and location can also affect track requirements that may or may not be fulfilled by the old tracks. The sections and tracks of a garage door operate as a system and if one is lacking, the system fails and injury can result. According to DASMA, to ensure the long life and maximum performance of your door, you should always use the track that is specifically designed for your new garage door.
If you need help choosing a new garage door or would like a quote, please visit our residential garage door section of our website. Alternatively, you can use the contact us option to reach out to our sales and service department with any questions regarding reusing your old garage door tracks.