Have you ever noticed the belt that power lifters wear around their waist while performing power cleans or squats? This doesn’t in any way increase their strength, yet most lifters will agree that this as a very necessary gear investment. Why? It’s all about the support. With the belt, the lifter can adequately support the weight, thus relieving any unnecessary stress in areas it shouldn’t be. In the same way, this is how we view garage door struts.
Garage door struts are long steel bars that are installed horizontally on the interior of your garage door. Screwed into the exposed interior of your garage door, they provide support and reinforcement. Without struts, the weight of your garage door can cause it to bend or bow over time. This leaves you with damaged panels and likely a broken garage door opener. That is why Aaron Overhead Doors also uses multiple high quality struts on all our new garage door installations.
Garage door technicians use struts to give support so the garage door operates evenly while moving up and down. Even so, just sitting in the up position can put a lot of strain in the middle of a steel garage door that isn’t properly supported by a garage door strut. In some cases, you may need even 2, 3, or 4 struts. But, before you run out and buy a strut and start adding them to your garage door, keep this in mind. You must be aware that struts change the weight of your garage door. So, in some cases, you will need to go with a more heavy duty spring. With a heavy duty spring also supporting the weight of your garage door, you can be sure your garage door will operate at its best and last a long time. Check out our next blog on garage door springs!