Many issues that pop up with a garage door can be repaired. You can remove a small amount of rust, repaint a door that is peeling or even have dents, or dings pulled out. However, not every issue can be repaired. Sometimes the damage is too much, and the door needs to be replaced. Here are a few of the reasons why your garage door may need to be replaced rather than repaired.
The Garage Door Panels Are No Longer Being Produced
Garage door panels often look identical to the untrained person. As such, if a panel on your garage door is damaged and needs to be replaced, you may find yourself shocked if a contractor tells you that the panel is no longer being produced. While panels do look similar, they are not all the same, and companies stop producing panels as they introduce new garage door panels. If your garage door is in need of a new panel and the old ones are no longer being produced, your only option may be to have the entire door replaced.
Sagging Is Starting to Occur Between Panels or On the Bottom of the Door
Another reason why your garage door may need to be replaced rather than repaired is that the door is starting to sag. Sagging is most common with wood doors. Wood doors can begin to sag at the bottom as they age due to weather and warping. However, aluminum and fiberglass paneled doors may also begin to sag. If you notice your panels are not evenly spaced and they seem to be gravitating downward, your garage door is showing you that it is at the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced.
The Structural Integrity of the Garage Door is Compromised
The final reason why a garage door may need to be replaced rather than repaired is that the structural integrity of the door is compromised. If you back your car into the door lightly, it may ding or dent the panel. Pulling the ding or dent out may solve the issue. But, more force can damage the structure of the door and the garage system, such as the hinges, track and the support system within the panels. If these are damaged, your door may need to be replaced, rather than repaired.
If your garage door is showing one or more of these signs, it may need more than repair work done to it. Replacing the door may be the best option. A garage door installation contractor can help you select the best new garage door for your home and then install it. Contact a garage door installation contractor today to start the process.