Garage Door Struts The Best Low Cost Solution For Most Bent Garage Doors
Garage Door Struts
Does your garage door open and close easily or does it stop somewhere in the middle of the opening without banging down or rolling back up? If so, your door may be bent and may need a garage door strut.
Garage doors should travel up/down with relative ease and traverse the turn at the top without binding. A garage door panel with a bend in it will add stress to the opener and shorten the motor or gear assembly life.
garage door stiffener
Garage door struts stiffen sections of the door to prevent them from bending or breaking. Struts help make each section/panel rigid so the door will open and close smoothly. If the sections are not rigid, your garage door will bend as it opens and closes.
Residential single doors typically do not need struts unless it is a steel door that is motor-operated. We recommend, a strut across the top section to prevent the top of the door from bending if the opener force is out of adjustment.
How Many Garage Door Struts Do I Need?
Doors over 10 feet wide usually have at least one strut across the top panel. Five Star Doors adds an additional strut to all our garage door installs. A 16′ wood door should have 3 or more struts, but insulated steel doors should have at least two.
When we add one or more struts to your door we factor in the additional weight. Struts weigh about twelve pounds for a 16′ door. If you add two struts, it will cause your door to be out of balance. We adjust your spring tension accordingly, or we recommend replacing your torsion springs. Otherwise, the extra weight will shorten the life of your garage door opener.
D.I.Y. Garage Door Struts Resources
Five Star Doors: HD Garage Door Struts Up To 18′ in Stock $4.00 per foot – Additional lengths available
Menards: Ideal Door® 2-1/4″ x 16′ Steel Horizontal Garage Door Support Strut
Model Number: 2X16Ft_1007106_24G Menards® SKU: 4251091
Here is a good video on installing a garage door strut on a double door.
You should never use a 8′ strut on a double door. Never use holes all ready used or use screws that are used for holding hinges or brackets.