DID YOU KNOW? All of our technicians are employees of Overhead Door. We never use subcontractors!

DID YOU KNOW? All of our technicians are employees of Overhead Door. We never use subcontractors!

Mid-Atlantic Door Group Inc. Distributors of Overhead Door Corp.

Can I Replace My Garage Door Panels?

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.

residential home with two garage doors

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:

Door’s Age

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

About The Author | Justin White


Justin White is the VP of Marketing for Mid-Atlantic Door Group, Inc. The company opened in 1973 and now consists of (3) official Overhead Door™ Distributors and (8) warehouse locations throughout Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Justin was born into the door industry, ultimately following in his father's footsteps and joining the family owned business in 2011. After spending time in the field with fellow mechanics, Justin found his niche in marketing, along with a specialty in residential garage door sales, installation, and service.

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Since 1973, Mid-Atlantic Door Group, Inc. has been providing Washington DC, Suburban MD, Frederick MD, Southern MD, Northern VA, Fredericksburg VA, Richmond VA, Harrisburg PA, Hanover-York PA, and the surrounding areas with the most reliable and trusted garage door services. These services include new door sales, professional installation, and 24/7 garage door repair services on all makes and models.

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