Garage Door Parts: Definitions

When you need garage door repair in Forest Lake, you might be a bit confused about the terms used by the Premium Garage Door Service technician who responds to your request for help. Here are a few definitions to help you decipher what they mean.


This one is fairly straightforward. An opener does just what it says it does. It is the main part that helps the garage door open and close. There is a motor that provides the power needed to open and shut the door. The more horsepower the motor has, the heavier the door can be. There are three types of openers: chain drive, belt drive and screw drive. When this is the garage door repair you need, you can ask the technician what kind of opener your garage door has.


One of the most frequent garage door repair work we do, springs hold the garage door steady while it opens and closes. If a garage door didn’t have springs, the door would be damaged during the opening and closing process. The function of the springs is to provide counterweight to the force of opening and closing, and the counterweight needs to be equal to the weight of the garage door. There are two main types of springs: extension and torsion. When you need garage door repair and the springs are the culprit, it is highly recommended that you call a professional to fix it. Springs can snap and cause serious injury to someone who isn’t sure of what he or she is doing.


Cables help lift the garage door up so the chain, belt or screw to pull it back. These go around drums that are near the upper corners of the frame of the garage door. These cables run along the vertical tracks that are along the sides of the door so it can pull the garage door up and then set it back down.

This is by no means a list of every single part of a garage door, but this gives you at least a starting point when it comes to understanding any necessary garage door repair that might be needed at your home or business.

For more information on garage door repair in Forest Lake, call Premium Garage Door Service at 651-344-0489 or Request Service.