It can happen to anyone. One moment you’re checking to ensure the kids are buckled in, setting your coffee into the cup holder and the next moment you hear a loud bang as your car backs into one of the garage door panels. If you’ve damaged one of your garage door panels, you’ve probably asked yourself the question: can you buy replacement panels for a garage door?
In this article, we’ll point out a few tips to bear in mind when considering whether or not to buy replacement panels for your garage door.
Here’s what you need to know
You May Replace Suddenly Damaged Panels
If your door panels are damaged in an accident, like backing into your garage door, you can possibly replace just the panels that have been damaged. To do so, it’s important to know how to measure the size of the panel, model of the door and the color. The easiest way to get the right panel is to find the serial number on the door, then call the manufacturer to get a replacement panel. Once you have a replacement panel, be sure to have a professional install it to ensure everything functions properly. Ensuring a proper installation will increase the chances that your new panel will serve you well for many more years.
When Is Replacing A Panel A Bad Idea?
Sometimes, replacing a panel may not be the most ideal option. If the panel is damaged due to age rather than an accident, for example, then it’s likely that the rest of the door is deteriorating. While you could go ahead to replace the damaged panel, the rest of the door will probably fail soon, and it would be better to replace the whole garage door system and avoid costly repairs in the future.
If You Replace A Broken Section, What Happens to The Color of Your Door?
Depending on the age of your garage door, there may be a color difference if you replace only the damaged section with the original door color. One of the easiest ways to lessen the difference is to use car wax to wax the undamaged sections and give an equal shine to every part of your door.
Can You Replace the Sections Yourself?
If you have good knowledge of how your garage door system works, then you can replace the damaged sections yourself. However, experts don’t recommend it. This is mainly because the section of your door that’s likely to be damaged, say when you back out of the garage too fast, is the bottom. This section is usually connected to your spring system, which can cause serious injuries if there’s any mishandling.
Can you buy replacement panels for a garage door? The short answer is yes. If you’re not sure whether your door needs a full replacement or simple replacement of a panel, talk to a garage door professional. An expert can quickly assess the extent of damage to your door and its cause so you can decide whether a repair or full replacement is necessary.