When something goes wrong with your garage door, you should always have it fixed. Things break down when machinery is used a lot. Maybe the door won’t open because of a broken spring, motor or sensor.
You may have damage to the door. You can damage garage doors by hitting them with your car, banging into them with a lawnmower or bicycle, or both. Stray basketball and tree limbs can hurt. When loading a truck with extended objects, some people close the door on an object higher than the sensor can detect. The panels can warp.
When there is physical damage to the garage door, you don’t need to replace the whole door. If you are able to do it yourself, garage door panel replacement may be the best choice. Here is a guide to help you understand how your garage door works.
Garage Door Panels
The garage door has at least four panels. These panels run the length of the door and connect via hinges that allow them to bend around the corner at the ceiling. The track garage doors services keeps them in position.
The pulley system raises and lowers the door. You can attach the next panel to the bottom of the panel if you want to reach the last panel. The door will be sealed from the weather with the final panel. The bottom panel has the highest risk of damage as it gets closed on objects or is banged into by things.
Step 1: Measure the Door Panel
Measure the length of the panel from end to end. Measure the length of the garage opening. They run in whole numbers. Measure the height of your panel. You may have a specialty door if you have a standard size. Measure the thickness of your panel
Step 2: Find the Brand Name
There is a sticker on one end of the bottom or top panel. The brand name, panel style, color, serial number, and measurement are included on your sticker. It should have a website or phone number that can be used to place an order.
The person who installed the doors will have to be found. If you don’t know who installed the doors, it’s time to call a garage door replacement company.
Step 3: Remove the Damaged Panel
The garage door opener can be unplugged for safety reasons once you have purchased the garage door replacement panel. You need a hoist to attach to the garage door track. The other end of the hoist is attached to a hinge. Attach the cables to the drums with a vise grip. Two cables are usually used.
When you detach the panels, use a brick, or something sturdy to support the door’s weight. The bolts that hold the broken panel to the panel above can be loosened. Start on the outside. If you replace the bottom panel, you can take the damaged one and put it away.
If you want to replace a middle panel, you need to remove the hinges from the panel below it. You need to use the hoist to raise the upper section away from the broken panel before you can lift it free.
Step 4: Install the New Panel
Place the new panel in the tracks and lower it onto the panel beneath it. Vice grips can be used to secure the panel to the tracks on either side while you re-attach the hinges to the panel below. The upper section of the door needs to be lowered onto the new panel.
Step 5: Test the Door
Plug in your garage door opener, remove the vise grips and raise the door. Look to see that your hinges are level with each other. You are done if it works well. You replaced your garage door panel.
Garage Door Panel Replacement Cost
A garage door replacement panel costs less than $200. The procedure is easy if you have the right tools. If you feel overwhelmed, don’t worry. We are here to help. We install whole new doors and systems, as well as handle all types of panel replacement and machinery repair and maintenance. You can find more about our products and services on our website.
We have been in the area for over 50 years. Our selection of brand-name new doors will please the most discriminating tastes, because there isn’t a door we haven’t worked on. If you have a question, one of our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer it. Emergency service is also available. We will send someone out to fix the garage door if it breaks. We are friendly and cheap to do business with.