Does your garage door sag and pop upon opening and closing the door?
Don’t waste your money on DIY fixes and call the garage door experts instead. Garage doors are made of various materials and come in several different shapes and sizes. Fixing a crack in a garage door can be a time consuming, expensive and complicated task. In many cases, a crack cannot be fixed at all. It’s possible your metal and vinyl garage doors could be welded, however, lighter gauge metals will not hold a permanent weld repair.
We do have some tips and tricks if you need options to keep your garage door in working order.
The first option is to try the installation of metal struts. A strut attaches to the inside of the garage door, running the full length of the door. The replacement of a strut will not fix a crack, but it will allow for reinforcement to prevent further cracking and the door to function safely. However, the addition of struts will affect the door weight and requires the replacement of the door springs to accommodate the heavier load.
If the cracks in the door are too severe, there are other options to consider. Locate the model number and manufacturer of the original garage door and research potential replacement parts, including a new panel. You should also be able to find a sticker located on the inside of the garage door or the panel sides with identifying reference materials on it. However, it’s not unusual for the manufacturer and model number to be missing or hidden, with even a trained technician unable to locate it. The missing information makes it almost impossible to find the correct panel to fit the door. It is much easier to find and replace a panel for a wooden door as opposed to a metal door, if and only if, the panel is available.
It’s usually less of a hassle and equally as cost effective to replace the entire garage door rather than piece together parts. It’s also less frustrating than trying to go through the process of replacing the struts and springs, and feverishly trying to locate a sticker that may not be viable. You could end up self-welding on a panel that may not hold due to the gauge of the material. It may be possible to fix a crack in a garage door, but is not easy, cost-effective, or productive.
Need help with your cracked and damaged door repair? Call Southwest Garage Door today!