Botched Garage Door Opener Installation
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.
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!
Garage Door Cracked Panel Replacement
If you notice that your garage door is making loud popping sounds. Or if you are having problems closing your garage door. If you see some dents on your garage door that weren’t there before, then you might have a cracked panel.
A cracked panel is a common problem, especially if a door was hit by an object in the past. It can crack one or more panels as part of the overall damage.
Visual of a garage door with a cracked panel:
In many cases, if you don’t take care of your entire garage door, it can collapse. If you have a cracked panel, or a panel that completely collapses, there are 3 options to repair it.
Cracked Panel Repair Options
- Install braces to support the damaged panel or panels. This is a temporary fix. It will last maybe a year before you need to repair it permanently. Below are 2 options.
- You can replace the damaged panel or panels. The catch here is that your door needs to be in production still, in order to order the right panels. This isn’t usually a problem if your door isn’t newer. But for many older doors, this isn’t possible, so you have only option #3.
- You must replace the entire door. If your door was older, this can be a blessing in disguise. You can get a new style you want, add some value to your home, and get a better quality door that will last years. Better quality doors include doors with better insulation, which directly benefits your home and utilities. And increases your home’s security.
A cracked garage door panel is a serious issue. Call a garage door company with experience in identifying cracked panels, and a company skilled in replacing panels or installing new garage doors. You can call Perfect Solutions 24/7 for a free evaluation and estimate.