DASMA, a standards development organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has developed many standards for the industry, several of which have been approved by ANSI.
These DASMA standards are available for download in PDF format.

DASMA 110-2010
Standard for Lifting Cables for Sectional Type Doors

ANSI/DASMA 303-2017
Performance Criteria for Accessible Communications Entry Systems

DASMA 208-2009
Standard for Rolling Grilles

DASMA 207-2008
Standard for Rolling Sheet Doors

ANSI/DASMA 204-2004
Standard for Fire Rated Rolling Door Assemblies

ANSI/DASMA 203-2004
Standard for Non-Fire Rated Rolling Doors

ANSI/DASMA 102-2011
Specifications for Sectional Overhead-Type Doors

ANSI/DASMA 103-2006
Standard for Counterbalance Systems on Residential Sectional Garage Doors (See FAQs)

ANSI/DASMA 105-2017
Test Method for Thermal Transmittance and Air Infiltration of Garage Doors

ANSI/DASMA 107-1997 (R2012)
Room Fire Test Standard for Garage Doors Using Foam Plastic Insulation

ANSI/DASMA 108-2017
Standard Method for Testing Sectional Garage Doors and Rolling Doors: Determination of Structural Performance Under Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference

ANSI/DASMA 109-2007
Standard Method for Testing and Rating Sectional Doors: Determination of Life cycling Performance

ANSI/DASMA 115-2017
Standard Method for Testing Sectional Garage Doors: Determination of Structural Performance Under Missile Impact and Cyclic Wind Pressure

ANSI/DASMA 116-2011
Standard for Section Interfaces on Residential Garage Door Systems


Standard for Counterbalance Systems on Residential Sectional Garage Doors

Q: Is conformance with ANSI/DASMA 103 mandatory?
A: Conformance is voluntary, because the standard is voluntary.

Q: What options are available for a manufacturer?
A: There are three options: 1) install counterbalance components so that they cannot be removed before tension is released from the system, 2) provide counterbalance component fasteners that require special knowledge, skill or tool for removal, and 3) provide counterbalance components that are red in color.

Q: How does a manufacturer conform to ANSI/DASMA 103?
A: Those wanting to conform to the standard may choose the appropriate method best suited for their business. Manufacturers must then supply the necessary design, components, and instructions according to their selected conformance method.

Q: What kind of warning labels are called for by the standard?
A: Warning labels are to be used when red counterbalance components are supplied. The manufacturer may decide to supply warning labels in conjunction with either of the other two options, but they are not required in these cases.