July 2017 - Perfect Solutions Garage Door
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Damaged Garage Door Panel + Replacement Project

Our customer called us after he hit the garage door as he was backing out. The garage door wasn’t fully opened before he started moving. This impact damaged the bottom two panels of the garage door. Whoops!

You can see the damage in the photos below. The impact cracked on panel, and dented the other panel.

Generally when you have a damaged panel, repair is either a brand new garage door or a panel replacement. If you’re lucky and your garage door is still being made, you can get panels to replace the damaged ones. This is a cheaper solution than purchasing a brand new garage door. If your door is old, or replacement panels aren’t available, it is time for a new door!

damaged garage door panel

damaged garage door panel

Clopay Garage Door Panel Replacement

Fortunately, their Clopay garage door is still in production. We were able to order 2 new replacement panels quickly. They had painters scheduled for the end of the week, so once the panels arrived, we headed over to install them.

Installation only took a few hours, and then they were ready for paint!

This door is relatively new, so being able to switch out the damaged panels is a great thing! The door looks like new, and it was a much cheaper fix than replacing the door.

fixed garage door panel

fixed garage door panel

After we installed the two new panels, we also balanced the door as the impact put it off balance.

We then lubricated the door and garage door opener. We recommend lubricating your garage door at least every month, or at least quarterly. Never use WD-40, but instead a silicone or lithium lubricating spray. You can find these at any hardware or home improvement store.

Now the doors are good as new and you can’t tell there was ever an impact to the lower panels of the door.

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Garage Door Replacement After Accident

Our latest project involved fixing this damaged garage door.

Our customer was leaving her house in a hurry, and backed out of her garage while the door was still closed. Uh oh!

Backing into a closed garage door of course resulted in some damage. You can see what we found when we arrived on the outside and inside of the garage door below.

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Repairing Damaged Garage Door

The main repair that needed to happen was replacing the damaged panel. However, our customer decided to go ahead and get a brand new garage door instead of just replacing the panel. She wanted a more durable, and thicker, door.

Once we installed her new door, we all installed braces to reinforce it as well. The new more durable door plus the braces should help lessen the impact of a future garage door accident.

Garage Door Replacement After Accident

Above you can see the braces we installed to reinforce the door. If an impact occurs again in the future, the new door plus the braces should minimize the damage. This of course depends on the force of the impact.

We also added insulation to our customer’s door. Her garage door faces west, so it was getting a lot of sun. Especially in summer, the garage was VERY hot. The insulation helps to regulate the temperature in the garage. It also acts as it’s own reinforcement of the door.

The last piece of this project was painting the garage door. We matched the paint of her trim to match the garage door. Even without the new garage door, painting your garage door to match the rest of your home’s color scheme is a great and inexpensive way to improve the curb appeal of your home!

Now the door looks great! It also opens more quietly and much more smoothly than it did before thanks to the new door, and insulation.

Garage Door Replacement After Accident

Garage Door Maintenance Tips

The best way to stop garage door problems before they become a big deal, is regular maintenance. Whether you perform these garage door maintenance tips or you hire a professional to come out periodically to check on your garage, is up to you. Proper maintenance is key to longevity of your garage door parts and safe, proper functioning.

Basic Visual Inspection

Once a month, visually inspect your garage doors. Notice any wear and tear, or something that looks different from the last time you checked. Focus on: your tracks, the springs, pulleys, cables, rollers and hardware. Do you notice any fraying cables? Are there any unusual sounds when opening and closing your door?

Take a look also at the mounting hardware. These are things like hinges and screws. Are they secure? If not, secure them.

Track Cleaning

During your monthly visual inspection, it’s a good idea to take a damp cloth and clean off the tracks. Debris and dirt can build up on the tracks, which can cause problems. Wiping them down monthly is a great way to prevent issues.

Lubricate Your Garage Door Parts!

Lubricating your garage door parts is really important. This is something you can do twice a year at minimum. We recommend using a lithium or silicone spray, not WD-40. You can buy a silicone based spray lubricant on Amazon or a local hardware or home improvement store.

Spray lubricant on: tracks, hinges and rollers. Lubricating these parts helps to prevent damage to those parts, and will allow your door to slide smoothly on their tracks.

Safety Feature Check

All garage doors made after 1993 have an auto reverse feature that prevents any person or object from being pinned down by the door. Checking that this is still functioning properly about once a year is a good idea.

The best and safest way to do this is put a rolled up newspaper or similar object in the path of the garage door. Then try to close your garage door, and see if the sensor senses the object and reverses automatically. If not, call a professional to address the issue ASAP!

Is your door balanced?

Another quick check you can do once a month is checking the balance of your garage door.

To DIY this,

  1. Disconnect your opener.
  2. Manually lift the door and check that it glides smoothly on the tracks, with no resistance.
  3. If you lift the door, it should stay open.
  4. If not, or it’s hard to open manually, then your door is not balanced.

If your door isn’t balanced, call a professional garage door company to balance it for you.

Taking 10 minutes each month to check your garage door for the above issues can save you a ton of money and headaches in the future. You can often catch problems before they become an expensive repair. Checking your garage also ensures it operates safely!

If you are in the greater Sacramento, CA area and are in need of a garage door company for maintenance, call us today!

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