Replacing Damaged Garage Doors

Posted on: 29 May 2018

Garage doors usually don't need any TLC or repairs unless some damage is caused by human error. The most common and severe problem is usually the result of running into your door with your car. Obviously, the severity of the impact can be minor and easily fixed by just replacing a few panels, or it can be very severe, to the point that you need to replace your entire garage door system. If you have hit your garage door, and you think you might need to replace some or all of it, this article should be helpful. It will help you examine your garage door, and determine what needs to be replaced, and what can be kept as is.

Are Your Frames Okay?

The first thing you should check is the frame system. When your garage is closed, look at the inside. If the frames that the panels are mounted in are cracked, it is very likely that you will need to replace them. But, if you see that the frames are straight and not bent, and only the frame is damaged, you might be able to possibly replace the panels without even touching the frames. This is obviously going to be much cheaper than replacing the frames. In fact, when you do you replace the frames, you often need to also replace the entire motor. So, you should do whatever possible to replace only the panels if you have a budget.

Replacing Part of Your Door

It is often possible to have just the damage frames and panels replaced. However, this can also be a little bit of a headache. That is, if you are replacing just the damaged panels, you might have problems matching the color. Even if you find an exact style match, your old panels, the ones that you are keeping, are probably faded from the sun exposure, so the new panel will not match perfectly. Unfortunately, it is often easier to just replace all of your panels at once.

Luckily, you can often get better bang for your buck if you buy all of your panels at once, rather than just replacing one or two damaged panels.

Obviously, you probably want to fix your garage as soon as possible so you can use the space like normal. But, while you have this opportunity, if you think of the long-term benefits of replacing your panels with a new product that has improved insulation, or choosing a new style to redefine your garage space.

For more information, contact your local garage door installation service.