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Buying Garage Door Replacement Panels? What You Need to Know

Garage doors are made up of panels that have been hinged together. When one panel is damaged, it can be replaced.

Replacing just one panel of the door is often less expensive than replacing the entire door. For a homeowner on a budget, panel replacement is a relatively affordable way to repair the door. If you’re thinking about replacing a garage door panel, here’s what you need to know.

When is Panel Replacement Appropriate?

Panel replacement is appropriate when a garage door suffers structural damage. Sometimes this happens when a car is driven into a door at a low speed. Panels can also be damaged by smaller moving objects, like riding lawn mowers. Panel replacement is not appropriate for cosmetic repairs, like scratches and blemishes in the paint.

Can You Replace More than One Panel?

Yes, it’s possible to replace more than one panel. However, more panels means more expense. Sometimes, replacing more than one panel is just as expensive as replacing the door altogether. Your contractor can tell you whether replacing multiple panels is likely to be as costly as replacing the door.

Will the Color Look Right?

Garage panels can fade with time. Replacing just one panel could leave your garage door looking discolored or odd. Work with your garage door contractor to ensure that the panel you install will look as good as it can, given the circumstances. It may help to use the same garage door contractor who installed the original door, as they will have a record of the kind of door you’ve installed and will be able to match the old product to the new panel.

Can you DIY Your Panel Replacement?

Installing garage door replacement panels can be complicated. It helps to have the right tools, skills and training. If you install the panel incorrectly, you might have to contact a contractor to finish the job for you. You could even do damage to the door. Unless you’re very confident in your ability to install a new panel, this is a job best left to the experts.

Contact Overhead Door Wilmington for Help

If you’re a homeowner with a damaged garage door, work with Overhead Door of Wilmington to get your garage door repaired or replaced. We provide quality products to homeowners, and make quality repairs as well. Call today for an appointment.

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