Can I Replace a Section of My Door, or Do I Need to Replace the Entire Door?
When there is damage to your garage door in one specific area, it can be tempting to simply replace a panel or two instead of completely redoing the entire door. However, there are a few caveats to this option.
First of all, the general rule of thumb is that if you have two or more damaged areas of your door, it is not really cost-effective to substitute the two panels, and you replace the entire door.
If you are just looking at one panel, you could consider a small swap of panels. Keep in mind, though, that you could face a new set of issues with the panel exchange. Depending on the age of your garage door, there could be a difference in the color of your replacement panel with the rest of the door, even if you order the exact same product. A door’s sheen and color quality decrease over time with sun exposure, weather, and simple age.
Most frequently, it is a bottom panel of the door that needs to be replaced because a car hit it or because there was some similar damage. This destruction likely affected the connecting and moving parts of your door in addition to ruining the aesthetic look of the panel. The panel may be connected to the counterweight or spring system of the door, which is part of the tension that keeps the door on track. Mishandling of this balance could cause irreparable damage to the door and lead to replacement anyway.
While replacing a single panel may seem like the right choice, most likely it will just be a quick fix that will hold you over until you will eventually need to replace the entire door. If you are questioning which is the right choice for your door, let one of our technicians come out, take a look and help you make the decision.