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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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Replacement of Damaged Section vs Replacement of the Entire Garage Door

It can cause a bit of confusion when home owners are contemplating whether they should replace their garage doors or simply replace one panel. In some cases, small repairs can be enough to have your garage door operating smoothly again. There are situations when the only option is to replace the whole door. There are a couple of key points which can help make the decision much less complicated.

Inspection and Detection

The first step in making this important decision is to visually inspect the entirety of your garage door. Look for dents, scratches, and warping. In most cases, this type of damage is considered cosmetic in nature. These types of issues may only require a bit of fixing and perhaps a single panel replacement. Even though this is simple it should not be postponed. Any type of repair should be completed as soon as possible.

A small amount of damage, if not addressed immediately, could result in further damage to the garage door as well as additional repair costs. In the event that this delay causes further damage to the structure or safety features, it could jeopardize family safety. Garage doors are extremely heavy objects under immense pressure and one slip could mean grave bodily injury and/or death not to mention property damage.

  • If more extensive damage is found upon inspection the entire garage door may require replacement. Look for deep scratches and/or dents as well as structural damage. Damage that has been caused by an impact should be inspected by a trained professional.
  • A garage door which does not open and close properly may only need a few specific parts to be repaired and/or replaced. One simple fix for this is to reset the switch for the motor casing assembly.
  • Depending upon the local climate, the garage door may need adjustment between seasons. Be sure to make these adjustments in very small increments or it could damage the door further and the whole door may have to be replaced.
  • Common components that often require replacement are rollers, springs, and/or its tension rods which traverse horizontally or diagonally on the inside of the garage door.
  • Garage doors require proper routine maintenance which includes cleaning and lubrication. Debris and dirt can literally gunk up the works and cause the garage door to operate slowly or even simply not operate.

Call a Garage Door Pro

The first consideration should not be to replace your entire garage door. Many times the panel may not even need replacement for minor cosmetic damage. It is often best to contact a professional garage door technician to sort this out. Our knowledgeable team at *insert name* is waiting for your call now. The difference in the cost of replacing your entire garage door and replacing a single panel can be several hundred dollars. Allow us to assess your situation to determine which is best for your family.

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