Replacing Individual Garage Door Panels
It can happen to the best of us. One moment you’re setting your coffee into the cup holder, checking to ensure the kids are buckled in, pulling out the door, and the next moment you hear the thud as your car backs into a garage door panel. If you’ve damaged a section of your garage door, you may find yourself wondering if you can replace just the damaged piece to save a little bit of money. This is a common question, and often the answer is yes!
Here’s what you need to know.
Suddenly Damaged Panels May Be Replaced
If you’ve damaged your panels in an accident, like backing into your garage door, it may be possible to replace just the damaged panels. To do so, you are going to need to know the model of the door, the size of the panel, and the color. The best way to get this information is to find the door’s serial number, and then to call the manufacturer to find out how to get a replacement panel. Once you have your replacement panel, you will want to have a pro install it to ensure it functions properly. With proper installation, your new panel should serve you well for many more years.
When Is Replacing a Panel a Bad Idea?
Unfortunately, there are times when replacing a panel is not going to work well. If the panel is damaged because of age, not because of an accident, then chances are high that the rest of the garage door is also deteriorating. While you could replace the damaged panel, the rest of the door is probably going to fail soon, and you would be better off replacing the whole thing and avoiding costly repairs in the future.
If you are unsure about whether your door is in need of full replacement, or simply replacing the panels will work, talk to a garage door professional. A pro can quickly determine the extent of the damage to your door, and its cause, so you can decide whether a repair or a full replacement is right for you. For help, contact the ASSA ABLOY team to assess your garage door and its damage.