While there is no reason anything should run into your garage door panels, your garage door is designed to withstand some level of impact, especially if you are working with a steel garage door. However, if you hit that garage door hard enough, one or more of your garage door panels could break.
The question is, what then? Is broken garage door panel repair even possible? What about a broken garage door panel replacement? Can you replace one panel, or do you need to replace the whole door? Here’s what you need to know about whether to repair or replace your garage door panel.
Factors to Consider
It is possible to repair or replace a single panel of your garage door. The one you choose to do— or whether you’ll go with a complete garage door replacement, instead — will depend on a few factors. Here are three of them.
Age of the Door
The first thing to think about when deciding whether to repair or replace a broken garage door panel is how old your door is. If your door is 20 years old or more, you’re probably better off getting an entirely new garage door. Garage doors aren’t built to last much longer than this, and you were probably already seeing a lot of wear on the door before this happened.
Additionally, you can expect parts of the door system to start wearing out, and something could easily damage the door again. Save yourself the hassle and get yourself a state-of-the-art new door. You’ll benefit from modern door features like photo eye sensors, energy-efficiency for insulated doors and upgraded style, and you’ll potentially increase your home’s value and curb appeal.
If your door is 10 years old or less, you might want to just replace or repair the panel, depending upon the extent of the damage. Be prepared, though, — if you can’t repair the panel, you may struggle to find a single new panel to match an old door, especially if the door is between 10 years and 20 years old. Of course, you can always paint the new panel or repaint the whole door.
Cause and Type of Damage
The other factor to consider is the cause and extent of the damage. If we’re just talking about wear due to minor debris, weather hazards or age, some simple paint or filler may have your panel looking at least passable again, and no replacement may be necessary.
However, if the door was hit by your car or damaged by a natural disaster, your problems probably go beyond dented panels. Even if you can somehow repair the individual panels, the door may still not work correctly, or at all.
Cost to Repair or Replace
In the end, it all comes down to cost. If you’re deciding whether to repair or replace a panel, you should usually opt for repair if possible. A panel repair will mostly be a function of the technician’s hourly rate, and it may not take more than an hour or two to repair the panel.
On the other hand, with a new panel, you must pay for both the panel and the labor, and it could cost you hundreds of dollars. If you have to fully replace one or more panels, it’s almost certainly worth it to just replace the whole door unless your garage door is relatively new.
Time to Upgrade? Call Liberty Door and Awning Today
Even if there is a substantial gap between the cost of replacing a panel and the cost of a new door, you may want to go for a new door. If you need a garage door in New Jersey, Liberty Door and Awning has a wide range of beautiful Clopay® doors for you to choose from. You’ll have options that are extremely durable, efficient and customizable to suit your own personal style.
If you discover damage to your garage door in New Jersey, contact us immediately. If you try to open or close a damaged door, you could create even more damage or risk injury if the door comes down suddenly. When you call, tell us the situation. We’ll assess the repair and give you price estimates to help you determine whether repair, panel replacement or full door replacement is the best option.