Your garage door is designed to withstand little to no amount of impact. If you find your external overhead door has been hit too hard by something, it is possible for a garage door panel to be broken. Of course, it’s always an unfortunate situation when a panel of your garage breaks, but if you find yourself in this situation, it’s good to know that you have some recourse.
No matter what materials you use or how much maintenance you carry out, accidents happen, and you have to find a way to solve the problem. Typically, when a garage door panel breaks, you have two options; to repair it or to replace it. Which option you decide to pursue will depend on several factors. Our garage repair experts at AAA Garage Doors explore some of the things that homeowners need to consider when faced with the choice to replace or repair their broken Omaha garage door panel.
How Old Is The Door?
One of the first things that you need to consider is how old the door is. If your garage door is more than twenty years old, it has probably given you it’s best years by now and the best option, in this case, is usually to replace the entire overhead garage door. At this stage of a garage door’s life, you will find yourself calling our repair experts at AAA Garage Doors increasingly frequently as the various parts in your door start to wear out from use. On the other hand, if your door is relatively new, ten years or less, then you should consider repairing the panel. However, you may find it challenging to locate a single panel to match your door. The other option is to paint the new panel or repaint the entire door. Speak with our team at AAA Garage Doors for the best approach to take.
Extent Of The Damage
How much damage has actually been caused to the door, will be another major consideration in deciding whether to repair or replace the panel. For a small level of damage from a light impact or from minor debris, a little filler and some paint might be all you need. However, if you backed your car into the garage or there was a big storm that did severe damage, the damage will probably extend beyond a small dent. In this case, you will need to investigate further for underlying problems also. While you may be able to repair the damaged panels, the opening and closing mechanisms of the door may have become compromised from the impact. Consult our team at AAA Garage Doors, if you think that there might be more serious issues at play.
Like everything in life, the cost of replacing versus repairing a damaged panel is going to be a significant consideration. Repairing the panel is almost always the more affordable option, and with the help of our team at AAA Garage Doors, your repaired panel can often look as good as new. On the other hand, if your garage door is past its prime and you the panels are damaged, then it might just make more financial sense to replace the entire garage door. With a new Omaha garage door, you will have to call our repair technicians at AAA Garage Doors less often, your home will be kept more security, and you can enjoy some of the mod-cons that many newer garage doors now come with, such as energy efficiency options, smart technology, and sensors.
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