Garage door struts stiffen door sections to prevent them from bending or breaking. They also allow the door to open and close smoothly. If the sections are not rigid, the garage door will bind as it opens and closes. Residential single-car doors typically do not need struts unless it is a steel door that is motor-operated. On these, a strut across the top section is recommended to prevent the top of the door from bending if the opener force is not adjusted properly.
This video demonstration uses our kit designed for easier shipping. For more information, you can view our How to Assemble Garage Door Strut Kits video.
You can purchase struts and strut kits on our Garage Door Struts page.
Additional support for your garage door repairs is in on our Do-It-Yourself Garage Door Instruction Library.
IMPORTANT NOTE REGARDING LOCAL PICKUPS: DDM is considered a life-sustaining company because we are an internet retail company that provides essential products. Due to the recent outbreak of Coronavirus, however, we are changing our local order pickup policy at our West Chicago location. To pick up an order you will need to order first. The quickest way is to order in advance through our online shopping cart. There you can select the local pickup option. Or, you can call 630-293-1337 for assistance, to confirm availability of parts, and to place your order. Once ordered, your parts will be available for pickup in the lobby of our north side front entrance. Longer items will be picked up on the south side loading dock. Please honor the six foot social distancing rule. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all navigate this challenge together. More information is available on our blog titled DDM Adjusts to the COVID-19 Coronavirus. In the same article you will also find documentation and an answer to the question: "Is a garage door repair company a life sustaining business?"