Your garage door is more valuable than you might think. Besides providing a convenient way to store your car and access your house, garage doors also make up a large part of the visual exterior of a home, which makes them supremely valuable to a home's resale value. If you're not sure that your garage door is in tip-top shape, you could be jeopardizing your home's safety.

Getting an inspection performed on your garage door is one of the best ways to identify issues before they develop into major problems. Just about every company offers an inspection as part of their garage door services. Here a few items you should ask them to inspect in your garage.

Movement Sensors

These little devices sit at the base of your garage door and shoot an invisible laser beam across the entrance to detect motion. If something crosses the beam, the door stops and goes back up as a safety precaution. Most inspections will check to make sure these sensors are pointing in the right place and that they're adequately connected to the opener.

Torsion Springs

In most homes, the torsion springs are located just above the entrance to the garage door and help with lowering and raising the door. They are under immense pressure and can snap after enough usage, which means they either need to be replaced or repaired before your garage door can start working again (if that happens, hire garage door services. This is not a job you want to tackle yourself). An inspection will help to determine if there are any weak points in the springs as well as determine what kind of life they have left.

Rollers and Tracks

Though these are probably the least complex parts of your garage door, the rollers and tracks are subject to wear and tear and can cause your door to be off-balance, or stop working entirely. Proper lubrication will help, but an inspection will also reveal if they need to be replaced or serviced in any way.

Weather Seal

Part of the garage door's most valuable contributions to your home is helping to make it energy-efficient, and the weather seal at the bottom of the door plays a big part in that. Like everything else, it can wear down over time, which means it needs to be replaced. Replacing it is a great way to get the most out of your home's energy usage.

To learn more, contact a company like Shank Door.