Do you know what a cracked panel looks like? It’s probably obvious, but here’s an example:
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:
- Trouble closing your garage door.
- 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.