Maybe you’ve backed your car into your garage door, your kids have been messing around too close to it, or strong winds have got the better of it. Whatever the cause, damage to your garage door is bound to happen sooner or later. And when it occurs, the question is whether the damage can be repaired or whether you need to install a new garage door entirely. The third option of ignoring the damage until it becomes unavoidable simply isn’t an option. Or, at least, it would be a very dangerous and costly option.
The best thing to do is to call a garage door technician to assess the damage and recommend the best course of action for you. They may be able to repair the damage easily, or it might not be possible if the damage is extensive. They’ll be able to advise you about the cost of both options so you can decide which is worth it. If you have a particularly old garage door, then replacing it is probably the better option in the long-run.
To give you an idea of which option is better in your case, here are some common cases of damage to garage doors and whether you can repair them or not.
Damage to the hardware
In most cases, any damage and degradation of the hardware integral to operating your garage door can be resolved by replacing the parts. For example, a broken garage door spring or cable resulting from wear and tear can simply be replaced with a new part. However, it is essential that you leave this type of job to a professional as it can be an extremely dangerous process.
Damage to garage door panels
Most garage doors are divided into sections. So, if you back up into your garage door or if minor damage occurs any other way, then it will probably be isolated to one or two of these panels. As long as the damage is not too severe, chances are that you can have the panel replaced rather than replacing the entire door. Replacing a garage door panel could cost you around $500, including the labor costs, which is certainly less than buying and installing a new garage door.
When replacement may be necessary
If damage to your garage door is more extensive, covering multiple panels, if the garage door is severely bent, or if the tracks have become bent, then investing in a new garage door is likely to be the safer and more cost-effective solution. Extensive repairs will add up in cost and may leave you with a weaker garage door that is more susceptible to fail in the near future.
Whether you need garage door repairs, replacement, or simply a garage door tune-up to make sure everything is in good working order, contact Carolina Garage Door for our expert services around Winston Salem, Greensboro, Kernersville, and High Point.