Weather, an accident, or even everyday use can change the look of your garage door over time. When your garage door begins looking worse for wear, you may wonder whether it makes more sense to repair or replace it. Read on for some tips that may help you decide.
Repairing Your Garage Door
If the damage to your garage door is minimal, it may make sense to repair one single panel, rather than replace the entire door. Repairing a panel of your garage door is generally a less expensive and quicker repair. Here are a few scenarios where you may choose to repair a garage door panel rather than replace it:
There is a dent or scratch
If one of your garage door panels is dented or a scratched, you can easily replace that single panel. Garage door panel repairs tend to work well for these smaller, more cosmetic issues.
You’re looking for a quick fix
If you’re not interested in picking out a new garage door, it will likely be a quicker fix to simply order a replacement panel. Once the new panel arrives, some garage door repair companies offer same day service.
You want to save money
If the damage to your door is not extensive, simply replacing one panel will usually be more budget friendly than purchasing a new garage door. If you decide to repair the panels yourself, make sure to reference our blog on the dos and don’t’s of panel repair.
Replacing Your Garage Door
If the damage to your garage door is more severe, you may consider replacing the entire door, rather than repairing the individual panels. There are many different reasons why homeowners choose to replace their garage door, including:
You want a cohesive look
Depending on the color of your garage door and the material it is made of, the panels may have faded over time. If you want your garage door to maintain its uniform look, you may consider replacing the door, as the new panel will likely not match the existing panels exactly.
Your current door is old
If your door is older, replacement panels may no longer be sold for your garage door model. If this is the case, it makes more sense for you to completely replace the door, as custom made panels can be quite pricey.
Two or more sections are damaged
If more than 2 or more of the panels of your garage door are damaged, the cost of panel replacement is likely more than purchasing a brand new door. If your door sustains this level of damage, we would recommend purchasing a new door.
Your door sustained major damage
If your door is majorly dented in an accident or by weather, it may make the most sense to replace the entire door. Panel damage is quite obvious, but damage to internal or lift mechanisms may be less obvious. For safety’s sake, consider replacing the door or hiring a Portland garage door repair company to analyze if the door is safe enough to fix.
Still unsure whether your garage door needs to be repaired or replaced? Contact us by phone or email and one of our garage door installation experts can help you create a plan of action for your specific garage door.