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Cracked Garage Door Panel Repair

Do you know what a cracked panel looks like? It’s probably obvious, but here’s an example:

cracked garage door panel

The only thing worse than a cracked garage door panel, is cracked garage door PANELS. Plural.

You might not see the crack, if it’s small or if the paint on your door masks it. However, if you hear loud sounds when your door opens or closes, or popping noises, this is generally a good indication you have a cracked panel, or panels.

Other signs of a cracked garage door panel include:

  1. Trouble closing your garage door.
  2. Dents in your garage door. This is sometimes just a dent, but can also be a cracked panel.

Is it safe to operate my door with a cracked panel?

No! If the panel cracks even more, the garage door itself can collapse. You need to properly repair the panel, which should be done by a garage door professional.

How do you fix a cracked panel?

The most cost effective way to fix a cracked panel is to replace the panel. This is easy if your garage door is newer, and still being manufactured. A garage door company can simply order a replacement panel for your garage door model and install it.

You can also go ahead and replace the entire door. This is a good option for doors that are very old and should be replaced anyway. It’s also a great option if more than 1 panel is cracked, since the cost to replace several panels vs. just buying a new garage door might make a new door cost effective.

A new door might be more expensive, but if you are replacing an older door it can really benefit you. Not only can you choose the right garage door material for your needs, you can also benefit from the warranties and other protections newer doors provide.

Many warranties actually cover cracks, so you could avoid a similar problem in the future.

 

If your crack is pretty mild, you can fix it without replacing any panels or doors. Allow a garage door technician to determine whether this option works for your crack.

The fix is to install braces on the door. The braces works to support the damaged panel to prevent it from cracking further and collapsing. The brace is a great option, but it’s not a permanent fix. It will support the cracked panel for about a year, until you will have to replace the panel or the door.

Remember that while a cracked panel can look and sound annoying, it is also dangerous. Call a professional to check whether your door is in fact cracked, and what the best course of repairing it is.

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When to Replace Your Garage Door Panels

Most garage doors are made of panels, which allow you to close and open them easily. Sometimes these panels would need replacement for variety of reasons. While some of these reasons for replacing garage door panels can wait, there are many urgent reasons why they should be replaced immediately. Sometimes people don’t see the urgency for garage door panel’s replacement, which will result in them paying more costly repairs than they should.

Here are the possible reasons why you need to replace your garage door panels:

When it no longer looks presentable

If you love your house, you would want it to look its best.  When garage doors become ugly because the panels have become old and discolored, you might want to change it.  Remember the garage door is one of the most visible parts of your house from the outside. So, if you want people to appreciate your home contact a garage door company to help you find perfect garage door panels.

When it keeps the garage door from working properly

Even if only one garage door panel that’s bent, dent or misshapen, it could greatly affect how well your garage door works. When you raise up your garage door to open the garage and there is one that gets stuck because it’s misshapen, it could cause you a lot of problems. That is why it is important to replace your garage door panels when they are bent or misshapen. Door panels that are bent or misshapen are often caused by cars accidentally hitting the garage door.

When it’s very old and worn

Being proactive is a good way to ensure you will not face big problems in the future. When your garage door is very old, there is a chance it may be nearing its last days of usefulness. Garage door panels are subject to wear and tear.  If you have had those same garage door panels for years, maybe it’s time to have it checked by a garage door maintenance company and ask them whether you need to have them replaced instead of waiting for the inevitable to happen.  If you search online, you will find many good-looking garage door panels that may fit your desire, all you have to do is check them out.

Hire a garage door company

While there are many tutorials on the internet on how to change your own garage door panels, it is still best to hire a garage door company for some very good reasons. First, replacing garage door panels may take time, and if you are busy, you may find it hard to insert this activity on your schedule. Second, professionals do it better because they have the training and experience when it comes to garage door issues. Third, hiring garage door companies is absolutely risk-free because they get the job done right the first time and they do it safely, which will help you save more money in the long run.

If you see the signs above, don’t hesitate to call your reliable garage door company to have your garage door panels assessed. They can advise you on whether you need to repair or replace your garage door panels.

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