The original garage door design and models were made to open and close as a simple slab. As such, they existed as a single piece that slid up and down, or sideways as was required. Modern garage doors are not quite as simple. They are usually made up of multiple panels that tilt independently when the garage door is opened or closed.
Damage to these modern-day garage doors or a malfunction of the door can usually be isolated to a certain panel or panels, and the knowledge of how to replace garage door panels could be a savings tool in the long term.
This advantage of applying your handiness is thanks to the design of the garage doors, and though there are still some old one-piece garage doors around, the multiple panel models are more popular. If your multiple-panel garage door has a problem with any of the panels, here is how to replace the faulty panel.
We have established that these garage door panels can be replaced when needed but what are the situations that might necessitate the replacement of one of these panels Trusted Source Do these garage doors need to be replaced — or just repainted? - The Washington Post The panels may not be damaged. Poking them with something sharp will help you tell. www.washingtonpost.com :
When you have a damaged panel in your garage door, the first thing to do is find out if replacement panels are available on the market. After that, organize your garage and tools and ensure you tick the following items off your list of needed items before you begin any repair work:
A damaged garage panel poses a security risk. If you’re in a position where you need to replace one, you might like to improvise until the replacement panel is ready or, better still, invest in a garage alarm and security camera system. A popular alarm system is the Driveway Informer Wireless Driveway Alarm.
To replace a panel, you would need to lower the garage door and measure the size of the panel to be changed before purchasing the replacement. Once this replacement panel has been purchased, the next step is to go about gathering all of the necessary tools and protective gear that is needed for the job properly.
Before you start replacing the panel, wear the protective gear you have gathered and raise the garage door. After raising the door, disconnect the power to the automatic door opener and disconnect the center arm opener if it has one.
To remove the panel, follow these steps:
Once the old panel has been successfully removed, the following steps can be taken to install the new panel:
The process of changing or replacing a garage door panel is a very technical one, and it could get very tiring if you are not up for a little hard work. It gets even trickier when you need to replace more than one panel or even the whole door. As such, inviting a professional to do the job is not a very bad idea.
However, if you feel up to the task or the work isn’t all that out of place for you, you could give it a try until you can go no further. Even if you fall into this class, it might be better to watch a professional operate before you take this on. One thing is sure though, the kill and knowledge on how to replace a garage door panel would save you a lot of dollars down the line.