The reasons why you should hire a professional garage door installer and this recent repair we did is a great example of why. 

Our customer’s friend helped them install a new garage door opener.  They figured they could save a few bucks DIY-ing the installation and the friend assured them he knew what he was doing. You can see where this is going… 

Our customer’s Wayne Dalton Garage Door suffered a crack on the upper panel because of the botched installation. 

The Problem?

When the friend installed the opener, he didn’t add a strut to reinforce the upper panel. This resulted in a crack on the upper panel when the garage door began operating.

You can see in the photo above where the crack formed. 

Above is a close up of the crack. Cracked panels are a big deal and can compromise the safe operation of your garage door. 

Once we took the garage door down, we were able to see the extent of the crack. The picture above shows the crack close-up. 

So what’s the fix?

Thankfully, this Wayne Dalton garage door wasn’t a discontinued model and we were able to order a new upper panel. Once it arrived, we removed the cracked panel. We also, of course, added a strut this time. The strut will reinforce the upper panel and prevent cracks from happening in the future.

We also adjusted the tracks while we were there and performed a quick visual inspection to make sure the springs, cables, and other garage door parts were working properly.

Above you can see the brand new strut we installed.

And above, the new panel is installed, with no cracks to be found!