Garage Door Panel Replacement

We’ve found that nearly 30% of garage door issues are due to damaged panels. When your garage door panels are dented, cracked, or showing signs of wear, a panel replacement can restore the appearance and functionality of your door. Our team here at Compaan Door & Operator Co offers a wide selection of panel sizes and colors to match your existing door, and we’re compatible with most standard garage door models. Contact us for availability and pricing, and ask about our professional installation services. We’re here to serve you and ensure your satisfaction with our panel replacement services.

Key Takeaways

  • Nearly 30% of garage door issues are caused by damaged panels.
  • Promptly addressing signs of panel damage is important to prevent further issues.
  • Panel replacement improves aesthetics, structural integrity, and overall curb appeal.
  • Choosing high-quality, durable materials for replacement panels ensures longevity and minimal maintenance.

Types of Panel Damage

Type of Damage Diagnosis/ Action
Minor Dents and Scratches Filler, sanding, and repainting
Moderate Dents and Bending More extensive panel beating or partial panel replacement
Severe Cracks and Breakage Full panel replacement
Rust and Corrosion Panel replacement if extensive
Rot and Warping in Wooden Doors Panel replacement
Discoloration and Fading Refinishing or repainting

Benefits of Professional Replacement

Using a professional service is safe and hassle-free. We handle the heavy lifting and complex parts like springs, ensuring a smooth, reliable repair. Professional services save you time and effort, and we make sure the new panel blends perfectly with your home, enhancing its overall look. Choose us for a worry-free, quality solution for your garage door needs.

  • Safety: Garage doors are heavy and can cause serious injuries if mishandled. Professionals have the necessary training and experience to handle these doors safely, reducing the risk of injury.
  • Quality of Work: Professional garage door services provide high-quality repairs that are built to last. They have access to the right tools and parts, and their years of training, expertise, and knowledge ensure a job well done.
  • Time and Money Savings: Professional garage door repairs are quick and efficient. The skills needed to properly restore garage door components are used and practiced daily by professionals. Moreover, if a repair isn’t completed correctly, additional issues will arise, and more significant damage can occur. Professional garage door repair is affordable, and the job will be done right the first time, saving you money in the long run.
  • Convenience: Hiring a professional saves you the time and effort of doing the repair yourself. You won’t have to budget time out of your day or week to work on it while also worrying about other everyday tasks.
  • Longevity: Professional services can extend the life of your garage door. They can prevent problems from occurring and offer product and labor warranties/guarantees.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Repairing damaged garage door panels is often a more affordable solution compared to replacing the entire door. By focusing on the damaged panels, you can save valuable money, as well as avoid the inconvenience of a prolonged replacement project.
  • Environmental Impact: Repairing garage door panels contributes to sustainability by reducing waste. Instead of discarding the entire door, you can extend its lifespan by repairing specific panels, minimizing your environmental impact.

Remember, while it’s tempting to tackle garage door repairs on your own, replacing a panel is best left to professionals due to the weight of the door, the specific tools required, and the complexity of the installation process.

Panel Replacement Process

When you have your garage door panel replaced by our team, here’s a detailed explanation of what’s to be expected:

  1. Preparation and Safety Measures: The process starts with raising your garage door. This is done to access the panel that needs replacement easily. If you have an automatic garage door opener, we’ll disconnect the power to it. This is a safety measure to prevent any accidental activation of the door during the replacement. If your door has a center arm linked to the opener, it will also be disconnected.
  2. Handling the Tension Springs: Next, our technicians will carefully handle the tension springs. These springs are under a lot of pressure and are important for the door’s operation. We’ll undo them from the turnbuckles that hold them in place. This step is crucial and requires a lot of care to ensure safety.
  3. Lowering the Door and Panel Removal: After the tension springs are safely handled, we’ll lower the garage door. We usually use a piece of wood, like a 2-by-4, to prop the door a few inches above the ground. This makes it easier to remove the bottom panel, which is often the one that needs replacing.
  4. Securing the Door: To keep the upper part of your garage door in place while we work on the panel, we attach vise clamps to the garage door tracks. These clamps are placed just below the bearings of the second panel. They ensure that the rest of the door stays stable and doesn’t move while we’re working.
  5. Removing the Old Panel: Our team then loosens the bolts on the brackets that are holding the damaged panel in place. We use a special tool for this to ensure precision. Once the bolts are loosened, we carefully remove the panel from the door.
  6. Installing the New Panel: We then slide the new panel into position. The replacement panel is screwed in place, joining it securely with the other panels. We also hinge them together to ensure smooth operation of your garage door.
  7. Reassembling and Testing: After the new panel is installed, we raise the garage door back up. We then reconnect the tension springs and, if you have an automatic opener, the garage door opener. This step is vital to ensure that your garage door works correctly with the new panel in place.
  8. Final Touches – Priming and Painting: The last step is to prime and paint the new panel. Priming is important to protect the panel from elements like rain and sunlight. Painting is done to ensure that the new panel matches the rest of your garage door and fits well with the overall look of your home.

Throughout this process, our team ensures that every step is done with care and precision, keeping safety and quality at the forefront.

Choosing Replacement Panels

When choosing replacement garage door panels, there are several factors to consider:

Extent of Damage and Number of Damaged Panels: If the damage is minor or limited to one panel, replacing the panel may be a viable option. However, if the damage is extensive or affects multiple panels, replacing the entire door may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Age and Condition of the Garage Door: If your garage door is over 15 years old, it can be challenging to find the right replacement panel due to changes in manufacturing and design. In such cases, replacing the entire door might be a better option.

Availability of Replacement Panels: The availability of replacement panels from your garage door’s manufacturer is another crucial factor. Sometimes, a specific panel might be out of style or no longer in production, making it difficult to find an exact match.

Material of the Garage Door: Garage doors can be made from various materials, including steel, wood, fiberglass, vinyl, or aluminum. The choice of material can affect the durability, maintenance requirements, and cost of the replacement panels. For instance, steel is durable and low-maintenance, while wood offers a classic aesthetic but requires more upkeep.

Insulation: The type of insulation in your garage door can affect its energy efficiency and noise isolation. The two most common types of garage door insulation are polystyrene and polyurethane.

Size and Shape of the Panel: The size and shape of the replacement panel should match the existing panels on your garage door. Garage door panels are typically 18”, 21”, or 24” tall, but can also be 28” or 32” tall.

Budget: The cost of replacement panels can vary based on the material, size, and manufacturer. It’s important to establish a budget before starting the replacement process.

Design Compatibility: The replacement panel should complement the design of your house and the remaining garage door panels.

Before making a decision, it’s recommended to consult with a garage door expert. They can assess the condition of your garage door, provide advice on the best course of action, and ensure the replacement process is carried out safely and effectively.

Contact Us Today

Call us at Compaan Door & Operator Co today for professional panel replacement services. Our expert team is ready to handle every aspect of the job with precision and care, ensuring your garage door looks and functions like new. From safely managing tension springs to the perfect paint finish, we’ve got you covered. For a smooth, reliable service that gets your garage door back in shape, call Compaan Door & Operator Co today – your solution to all garage door panel needs!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Just Replace the Panels on a Garage Door?

Yes, it is possible to replace just the panels on a garage door, provided the damage is limited to one or a few panels and the door’s design allows for individual panel replacement[1]. However, if multiple panels require replacement, it may be more cost-effective to replace the entire garage door.

Can You Buy Just a Panel for a Garage Door?

You can buy just a panel for a garage door from specialized suppliers. However, it’s important to ensure that the replacement panel matches the existing panels in terms of size, shape, material, and design.

Is It Cheaper to Repair or Replace a Garage Door?

Whether it’s cheaper to repair or replace a garage door depends on several factors, including the extent and nature of the damage, the type and age of the door, and the cost of labor in your area. Minor repairs, such as fixing a broken spring or replacing a single panel, are generally less expensive than a full replacement. However, repeated repairs can add up over time and may end up costing more than a replacement.

Are Garage Door Panels Universal?

Garage door panels are not universally interchangeable. The replacement panel must be compatible with the specific model and design of your garage door. Some garage doors are designed as one cohesive unit and do not allow for individual panels to be replaced. Therefore, it’s recommended to consult with a garage door professional to determine the best course of action.