The panels on your garage doors can put up with a lot of dents and damage over the years. This could be from sun damage, weather, or just the fact that you’ve had them for a while. Regardless of the reason, you might want to replace them with something that looks more appealing and our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair has put together some steps to make this easy for you.
Double Check Your Door
Something simple that can be overlooked is the make and model of your door. You will want to make sure that the panels you purchase are for the exact type of garage door that you have. Though something may look similar to what you have currently, it might end up not fitting correctly.
Order Your Panels
Once you make sure to have the exact make and model of your garage door, you can place the order for your new panels. Sometimes if you have an older door, you may have to directly contact the manufacturer. If you have a newer door, finding the panels at a local company shouldn’t be a problem.
Remove Your Old Panels
Before you ever start working on your garage door, you will want to make sure that the garage door opener is unplugged or the power source is turned off. You will then manually open your garage door and remove the springs very carefully. We suggest doing this because the door could possibly spring open while your working on it and either damage panels or cause injury.
Unless you are replacing the very top panel, you are going to need to remove the panels one at a time until you get to the damaged panel. You will need to separate the top panel from the one below it. Sometimes they are bolted in and you will need a socket wrench to remove it.
Once your panel is loosened, you will lift it up until it is removed from the track and set it to the side. You will continue doing this until you get to the panel that needs to be replaced.
Replace Your Panel
You will then put in the new panel by sliding the rollers into the track and lowering the panel slowly until it is touching the panel below it. Attach the lower panel and the new panel together, using screws or bolts, depending on what it on the current panels.
You will then start reattaching the other panels in the same order that you removed then until the garage door is put back together. Make sure that all the screws, bolts, and fastenings are tight. Make sure when you reattach the springs that they are securely in the holes and fitted correctly.
After you plug power source to the door back in, you will want to test it to make sure that it is operating smoothly.
Your new door panel might look a little different than your other panels, in terms of color. This can be easily fixed by painting your entire garage door to give it a new, fresh look. Once you are done with that, enjoy your new looking garage door!
We Are Always Here For You
In the event that you run into any issues during the replacement process, give our team at Neighborhood Garage Door Repair a call. We are always here to lend a helping hand and answer any questions that you might have. We hope you found this article helpful!