Damaged garage door panels are painful to look at and may cause problems with the garage door opener itself. Taking care of severely damaged panels at the onset of their struggle could save you money in the long run, as it could prevent more costly damage.
Before you do anything, be that new door purchase or panel replacement, check your warranty. Even if your garage door was bought on the cheap, it probably has a warranty life that would surprise you. A lot of garage doors, though, come with a lifetime warranty. If that is the case, then you will be able to invoke that warranty and repair and replace your garage individually damaged garage door panels at little to no cost to yourself. Your budget will thank you for checking that warranty.
When your garage door has become damaged, even if it is only a couple of panels, often, the initial reaction is to think, "Should I just replace the whole door?" Initial response? No, you should not. However, there are a few instances in which whole garage door replacement may be in order, even if it is only a few of the panels which are the problem areas. First, if your garage door is over 15 years old, it may be time to let it rest. Not only is it probably outdated, but the other panels may be feeling the years as well. Second, if the garage door company you worked with is no longer in business and finding the replacement panels online proves itself to be more expensive than just replacing the door, then stop your search and replace the door. Third, if you have checked on that warranty, are no longer covered, and just don't want to fiddle around with the cost of individual panel replacement, then purchase a new door.
Doing the Deed
If your garage door company has not gone out of style nor has it ceased to produce your garage door's particular panels, then finding replacement panels for your damaged panels may be no more difficult than driving down the road to the local hardware store and picking up a few new ones.
The trouble comes in the actual replacing process. With some doors, this could be very easy. Rip out that old panel with your bare hands if you're feeling masculine or use a drill and power saw combination team. Once out, putting new ones in is a breeze. Go online if you're a little confused. No doubt your damaged panel predecessors have video tutorials posted of their own experience.
Your damaged panels may not give up so easily, though, and hold to their fixed molding with ferocity. Try all you might, give up hours of your life, call a fix-it man, but at the end of the day, extricating those panels may land you with a headache and new damaged panels. It is at that point when you should start browsing replacement doors.
Need help deciding what to do? Contact the company you can trust today to schedule an appointment for your garage door repair estimate.