A residential owner in Bennington, NE, contacted Titan Garage Doors NE for a garage door replacement. Their garage door had been damaged when their car accidentally hit it and needed replacement. Since replacing the garage door was more cost-effective, they decided to replace the whole thing at once to save themselves money and time. They drove into our showroom for options but ultimately settled for the same design as their previous one. We replaced all the panels in about two weeks, and the customer was glad to have a functional garage door again.

A garage door could occasionally sustain minor or significant damage that stops it from working smoothly. The same is true for a door that still functions effectively but has lost its aesthetic appeal. When deciding to replace your old residential garage door, there are a few things to note. Outlined below are factors every homeowner should know when replacing a garage door.

Garage Door Repair or Garage Door Replacement: Factors to Consider

The Availability of Replacement Panels

When deciding to replace a damaged panel, the first thing to consider is the availability of the replacement parts. Before making a choice, you should contact your supplier or the installer to ensure replacement panels or sections are offered for your particular garage door model. It should not be an issue if your garage door is recently installed. However, you might not have much chance if your garage door's model is outdated.

The Number of Damaged Panels

Typically, just one panel—two at most—must be removed for a panel replacement to be cost-effective. However, the case is different if you have more than two damaged panels at once. A whole door may be less expensive to replace than three panels or sections. Contact a local company to see how much it would cost. A local garage door service provider like Titan Garage Doors NE offers free estimates.

The Severity of the Damage

Sometimes the performance of the garage door's other components, or even the garage door as a whole, is jeopardized when a panel sustains damage. Therefore, even if only one panel appears to be broken, you should make sure (or have an expert make sure) that the damage is not that serious before deciding to replace the panel (which would necessitate the replacement of your entire garage door).

The Lifespan of Your Garage Door

A garage door panel that has passed its prime is not worth replacing. In general, replacing an old garage door rather than just one of the panels is preferable if it will need to be replaced in the next couple of years.

The State and Color of the Other Panels

It is critical that a panel you replace blends in with the others. It will be challenging to color match worn or faded panels with the new panel, and there is a possibility of a color conflict. The entire garage door could be re-painted to match the rest of your garage, but this would incur a substantial expense that you should first compare to the cost of completely replacing the garage door. Remember that there are paints designed explicitly for outdoor use if you decide to do it yourself. If you are unfamiliar with it, ask your garage door expert what kind of paint is best for the material of your garage door.

Can You Repair Or Replace Your Garage Door Panel Yourself?

While some garage door repairs are acceptable for do-it-yourselfers, changing a panel is best left to experts due to the door's weight, the specialized tools required, and the possibility of installing the part incorrectly. Instead of running the danger of hurting yourself, it is advisable to speak with a trusted garage door specialist prepared with the following information:

  • Dimensions of a garage door panel (width, height, and thickness)
  • Garage door's brand and model
  • Types of joints and hinges used
  • Garage door color

To sum it up, hiring a local garage door service provider in your area is an excellent method to get your residential garage door installation and maintenance or even a minor repair done professionally. These experts can handle the quick fixes for you, which could help you save time and money. 

Over the years, Titan Garage Doors NE has been serving the greater Omaha area and surrounding locations, including Lincoln, NE, and Council Bluffs, Iowa. With our certified and licensed technicians, we continue to provide our valued clients with excellent customer service and superb craftsmanship. In addition, we have fully equipped service vehicles to help our specialists accomplish tasks right the first time. We are available at your convenience, with emergency and same-day services. 

At Titan Garage Doors NE, we equally value your garage door the way you do. If you need a repair, big or small, our qualified technicians are pleased to handle it, and when it is time for a new garage door, we are your best option. So what are you waiting for? Call us today for any garage door installation or garage door repair needs.