Garage doors are unfortunately not impervious to damage, and there may come a time that you need to replace part or all of your door. Luckily, it is not always necessary to replace the entire door, you can replace individual panels. Panels can become warped, cracked, or even broken. This does of course depend on the size of the damage as well as which panel has been damaged.
It is important to note that it is not always a wise idea to replace the panels instead of replacing the door. As a general rule, if 2 or more sections are damaged, it is better to replace the entire door, as the cost to replace these panels will be comparable to the price of a new door. Don’t hesitate to contact us today for a free estimate.
It is possible to replace garage door panels yourself, but it is not recommended. Most of the time, the bottom panel is the one that needs replacing (as people accidentally bump it when pulling their car in or out of the garage, and it is the panel most susceptible to weather), and it is attached directly to the spring system. Without experience and extreme caution, replacing that panel is a recipe for disaster. Please refer to the second video on this page for more information on safety concerns. It is also important to note that it might not be only the panels that have problems. It takes a trained professional to properly diagnose what needs to be done to repair your garage door.
It is possible to match the color of your garage door to the new panel, but if your door has aged considerably, it may be impossible to make a perfect match. However, you can wax the older sections of the garage door with car wax to give it a little more shine to match the new section.
Whether or not you should replace one panel or the whole door is a complicated question. Of course it is less expensive to replace just one panel, but is it be worth it in the long run? You need to consider the age of the door (garage door life expectancy is only about 20 years, so if your garage door gets damaged on year 15, it may be better to replace the whole door), cause of the damage, safety of the door, extent of the damage, etc.