What Causes Garage Door Hinges to Break

Broken garage door hinges can cause your garage door to completely fail and go off-track. In many cases, this is a preventable issue. Knowing what causes broken garage door hinges can help homeowners prevent the problem and help them keep their garage door in working order, saving money in garage door repairs. That is why we are going to go into what causes hinge failures, offer maintenance tips, and provide professional advice on how to address these problems.

Reasons for Garage Door Hinge Failure

Wear and Tear

The most common cause of garage door hinge failure is simple wear and tear. Garage doors are frequently used, with many households opening and closing them multiple times a day. This constant motion puts a lot of stress on the hinges, causing them to wear out over time. The wear and tear process is accelerated if the door is not regularly maintained, such as lubricating the hinges to reduce friction. Regular inspection and maintenance can help identify early signs of wear and tear, allowing for timely replacements before any significant damage occurs.

Improper Installation

Improper installation of garage doors or hinges can lead to premature failure. If the hinges are not aligned correctly, it can cause uneven weight distribution across the door, leading to increased stress on certain hinges. This imbalance can result in those hinges breaking much sooner than expected. Ensuring that your garage door is installed by a professional with experience in the correct placement and installation of hinges is essential for preventing such issues.

Corrosion and Rust

Houston’s humid climate can contribute to the corrosion and rusting of metal components, including garage door hinges. Corrosion weakens the metal, making the hinges brittle and more prone to breaking. To combat this, it is advisable to use corrosion-resistant hinges or apply protective coatings. Regular cleaning and lubrication can also help protect hinges from moisture and prevent rust.

Accidents and Force

Accidental impacts, such as hitting the garage door with a vehicle or a heavy object striking the door, can cause immediate damage to the hinges. Forceful impacts can bend or break hinges, leading to the door malfunctioning. While accidents are sometimes unavoidable, ensuring that the garage area is clear of obstacles and using caution when operating vehicles near the door can minimize the risk.

Material and Quality of Hinges

The material and quality of the hinges play a significant role in their durability. Lower quality or inadequate hinges may not withstand the weight of the door or the strain of regular operation, leading to early failure. Investing in high-quality, durable hinges from reputable manufacturers is crucial for the longevity of your garage door. Spectrum Overhead Door always recommends using the best materials available within your budget.

Maintenance Tips

To prevent hinge failure, regular maintenance is key. Here are some tips to keep your garage door hinges in top condition:

  • Lubricate regularly: Apply a silicone-based lubricant to the hinges at least twice a year to reduce friction and wear.
  • Inspect frequently: Check your garage door hinges for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage regularly. Early detection can prevent more serious issues.
  • Clean the hinges: Keep the hinges free of dirt and debris that can cause abrasion and wear.
  • Hire professionals for installation and repairs: To ensure proper installation and handling of any repairs, always seek the expertise of professional garage door technicians.


Understanding the causes of garage door hinge failure is essential for any homeowner. Wear and tear, improper installation, corrosion and rust, accidents, and the use of low-quality materials are common culprits. Regular maintenance, including lubrication, inspection, and professional installation, can significantly extend the life of your garage door hinges. At Spectrum Overhead Door, we are committed to providing the highest quality repair and installation services in Houston. By following these guidelines, you can ensure the durability and proper functioning of your garage door for years to come.



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