What exactly is a safety cable for a residential or commercial garage door? Obviously it is a safety feature, but what exactly does it do? Many are asking this question a little too late, these days. A garage door safety cable hooks to your garage door springs and your garage door frame to secure the springs in the event that they break. Garage door springs give out from time to time and there is no getting around it. Unless you have them all replaced before they do, it is inevitable. Who pays that much attention to their garage door springs?
Not only do most people not pay attention to that, but most don’t know about garage door safety cables, either. If you don’t know exactly what something is, then you probably aren’t aware if you don’t have them. When we said that people ask what they are too late, it is because their springs break and go sailing through their garage. At this point, the springs have enough velocity and speed to take out whatever they hit. This could be a car, a person or another piece of personal or commercial property.
Why Do You Need Garage Door Safety Cables?
Because, a car windshield cost roughly $300 to $400 to replace. Power tools, washers, dryers and other items in your garage can cost a small fortune to replace or repair. Did we mention the cost of medical bills and funerals these days? Yes, we are serious about that last one. A garage door spring is going to have a sharp end somewhere and you don’t want to be impaled with that. You could lose an arm, an eye or your brain. That last one is particularly telling. So, obviously, you need these safety cables to keep all of that from coming to fruition.
Getting garage door safety cables properly installed can be a hassle on your own, though. Sometimes, it involves more error than trial and that can be costly, too. First, you have to thread the cables through the springs. Then, you have to fasten the other end of the cable to your garage door frame in the right fashion. After all that, you still may have them wrong and they can keep your garage door from opening and closing easily or at all. Your best bet is to call a professional to handle it right the first time. For the right price, of course.