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Garage Door Terminology

T Handle

Also called a T Lock Handle, this is a handle that is shaped like the letter “T”.

T Lock Handle

See T Handle.

Tapered Vertical Track

Also called an Inclined Track, the vertical track narrows away from the jamb, alleviating friction of the door release and providing a weatherproof seal.


Indicates a door opening size specific for two cars.


A piece of material specifically shaped to be used as a pattern or a guide. A plate or piece of wood used as additional support in a wall.

Tension Bridges

Used as reinforcements against excessive winds or extensive use in the open position.

Test Load/Wind Load

Measurement of exerted wind pressure against the structural load.

Thermal Barrier/Break

The space between the inner and outer parts of a door in which there is low thermal conductivity, preventing the transfer of heat and cold.

Thermal Seal

Also called a bottom weatherseal, this is a strip fixed to the bottom of the door to secure it to the floor.

Thermo-pane Window

A window made up of two pieces of glass that contain a gap in between. This gap traps air and provides insulation.


Also called oil-canning, this describes the presence of waviness in sheet metal caused by warping.


The process of cold-forming pieces of metal together using a punch and die method.

Tongue and Groove Board

Vertical boards assembled by the tongue and groove section joint method.

Tongue and Groove Section Joint

Attachment in which one panel contains a protruding edge that is interlocked into the grooved edge of the adjoining panel.

Top Carrier

See Top Fixture.

Top Fixture

Also called Top Carrier, Top Roller Bracket, or Top Roller Fixture, this is a bracket used at the top of the door for placement of the guide roller.

Top Rail

The rail that runs horizontally across the top of the door.

Top Roller Bracket

See Top Fixture.

Top Roller Fixture

See Top Fixture.

Top Seal

Stripping placed along the top of the door to protect against the weather.


Force caused by a twisting motion.


The use of force to twist or turn one end while the opposite end remains stationary.
* Bar: Long, made of metal, and used to shift torque from a spring to a winding plug
* Shaft: Shifts torque to a load from the springs
* Spring: A spring which is twisted in one direction on one end while being secured or twisted in the opposite direction on the other end in order to create torque.
* Spring Assembly: Parts constructing the counterbalance assembly.
* Spring Counterbalance Assembly: See Torsion Spring Assembly.
* Tube: See Torsion Shaft.
* Tube Coupler: Also called a coupler, this is used to connect one counterbalance shaft to another.


Channeled rails that house and guide the rollers on which a garage door operates.
* Bracket: Secures the track to the jamb.
* Clip: Fastens a track to a wall angle.
* Graduation: Measurement of the differential distance from the bottom to the top of the vertical track where it meets the jamb.
* Guard: Protects the back surface of the vertical track.
* Hanger Kit: Iron hanger that secures the horizontal tracks to the ceiling.
* Protectors: Reinforcements for vertical tracks.
* Radius: Indicates where the track changes from horizontal to vertical.
* Roller: Guides the door along the track.


Motion direction of the top of the door as it opens.

Translucent Door

A door that permits light to enter but is not see-through.

Transom Bar

A horizontal bar or beam that separates a door from the window above it.

Transom Section

Additional sections installed above the garage door to provide extra lift for the operator.


Finishing pieces, such as handles and door locks.

Triplex Spring

A set of three springs inserted inside each other.

Trolley Opener

See Drawbar Operator.

Trolley Type Opener

See Drawbar Operator.

True Divided Lite

A group of windows assembled together but separated by mullions to create a larger window.


See Strut.

Truss Bar

See Strut.

Tubular Shaft

A shaft that is hollow in the middle.


A complete revolution of 360 degrees around an axis.

Turns On Spring

The amount of turns found on a torsion spring.


Warping created by the winding of rail edges.

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They sent Doug Fussell out to my house on the day after Christmas! I had only called them three days before! Doug was a premier technician, very thorough and very efficient. I expected him to take two days, since he was replacing two doors and adding openers on each door. He only took the daylight hours of one day! I could not believe how fast he was! In addition, he thoroughly taught me how to use the remote openers. I highly recommend them to anyone!
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We just bought a home and this company was so understanding as I had to change the appointment time a few times. Then the tech came out and was so kind and helpful. I could not have asked for a better experience and will suggest them to anyone who needs work done on their garage door!
~Tammy K.

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My garage door broke on a Saturday night as I was getting ready to leave for a holiday party. Kelvin was here within 30 minutes. He reviewed everything with me that was happening with my door. He gave me the estimates of what was immediately needed to be done in order for my door to raise and then what I will need to have done very soon. I could see all the problems he pointed out to me and I decided to have everything done. He completed everything that night. I was very satisfied with Kelvin’s professionalism and the work he did. Thank you again.
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