Your garage door gets a lot of use and along the way, and a lot of things can happen. Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team has some tips to help you in those moments when something goes wrong. Here are some guidelines to help determine whether panel replacement is a good option for you if you need to replace the full garage door.
What Should I do if my Door Gets Damaged?
A variety of things can happen to damage your garage door. Minor damage can occur from a miss thrown baseball, rusting, or premature wear of an area. Major damage can be anything from high winds to a vehicle hitting your door.
If your garage door is damaged close the door and stop using it. If you aren’t able to close the door call a professional for some help. Then take a closer look to see if replacement of a panel or two can solve the problem or whether you’re looking at a new door.
Pro’s of Panel Replacement
- Most of the time when only one or two panels are damaged panel replacement can be cost-effective. More than 2 panels will usually cost as much as a whole new door.
- Aesthetics are immaterial to you
Con’s of Panel Replacement
Even damage to one panel can affect the structural integrity of the doors system. The other concern is a replacement panel needs to be a perfect match for the damaged one. If the weight of the replacement panel is different than the original it can affect the weight distribution of the door. This will cause further problems down the road and can compromise your entire system.
Another frequent source of concern is damage has happened to other areas of the system. It’s not always obvious initially but tracks and rollers can be easily bent and damaged and not show up until later. This can affect other moving parts of the system which become problematic later.
Other things to take into consideration are:
- The age of your door
- Inability to find a replacement panel if your door is 15 or more years old
- Color match problems due to weathering
- Security on new doors is better, and installation is immediate
- For cosmetic reasons may prefer to replace the entire door
- Sagging or bent panels
- Peeling or cracked paint
If You Want to Look at Replacement Panels You’ll Need
- The maker and model of your door
- The color of your door
- Serial number of your door can be found on the bottom inside panel of the door
- Section Size measure width x height
- Which panel is needed? Top, Bottom or Middle Panel?
We recommend replacement of the entire door if your door sustained significant damage because a vehicle has backed into it. A new door is safer, and you won’t need to worry about the structural integrity or future problems with a new door.
Call Us If You Need Help
Your Neighborhood Garage Door Repair team hopes you have found these tips useful. Give us a call anytime you need help. That’s why we’re here!