For residential garage doors, a frequently asked question we receive is whether or not an individual garage door panel replacement is possible. Many homeowners rightfully wish to avoid purchasing an entire door, especially if the damage appears minor. The short answer, unfortunately, is that it depends on a variety of factors, which we’ll address in the article below and when a garage door repair professional needs to get involved.
Do I Need to Replace My Entire Garage Door or Just a Panel?
Many homeowners faced with a damaged garage door ask this question, and here are some considerations that will dictate what next steps are appropriate:
If a garage door is 15+ years old, there’s a chance that you won’t be able to find replacement panels, which may necessitate a new door.
Door’s Design and Layout
Particular garage door models don’t allow individual panels to be replaced. Check with a local garage door expert to verify what can be done with your particular door.
Type of Damage Done to Door
Bent or sagging panels and other forms of major damage across multiple sections prevent you from replacing a panel. Likewise, discoloration and paint chips can’t be addressed by a panel replacement.
Can I DIY My Panel Replacement?
While some garage door repairs are okay to do on your own, replacing a panel is best done by a professional given the weight of the door, the specific tools needed, and the potential for not properly installing the component. Rather than risk bodily harm, it’s best to consult with a residential garage door expert with the following information on-hand to speed up the process:
- Garage door panel measurements: width, height, and thickness
- Your garage door manufacturer and model
- Garage door color
- Types of joints/hinges used