If you have a cracked garage door panel, you can fix it yourself with a few basic tools and some patience.
How to repair sagging or cracked garage door panels.
How to Inspect a Cracked Garage Door Panel
When you notice a crack in your garage door panel, there are a few things you can do to inspect the situation and see if the crack needs to be repaired.
1. Look for clear signs of water damage. If there is water damage present, the crack may already be larger, and the repair may be more expensive.
2. Inspect the gap between the door and the frame for signs of rust or corrosion. If the gap is large and has signs of rust or corrosion, the repair may be more expensive and the door may not function properly.
3. Look for pitting or corrosion on the screws that attach the garage door to the frame. If there is a lot of pitting or corrosion on the screws, the repair may be more expensive and the door may not function properly.
4. Check the hinges and the springs. If the hinges or the springs are broken, the repair may be more expensive and the door may not function properly.
How to Remove a Cracked Garage Door Panel
If your garage door panel is cracked, it is time to take it down and replace it. First, determine where the crack is. It may be possible to fix the crack with a temporary adhesive, but if the panel is too damaged, it will need to be replaced.
To remove the cracked panel, use a pry bar to break the seal around the rivets that hold it in place. Pry gently at first, then use more force as necessary to break the seal. Once the panel is free, use a screwdriver to unscrew the rivets.
Be careful when removing the panel. If it falls off the door, it could become damaged again. If this happens, replace the panel and reattach it with the rivets.
How to Install a New Garage Door Panel
If you have a cracked garage door panel, your first step is to determine the cause. The most common causes of garage door panel cracks are:
- External factors such as weather, wind, and earthquakes
- Internal factors such as improper installation or use
Once you have determined the cause, you can take steps to fix the issue.
If the crack is due to external factors, you will need to repair or replace the panel. If the crack is due to improper installation or use, you may be able to repair the panel.
To repair a garage door panel crack:
- Remove any objects that may be obstructing the crack
- Use a caulking gun or a sealant to fill in the crack
- Replace the garage door panel
To replace a garage door panel:
- Remove the old panel
- Clean the area where the new panel will be installed
- Apply a sealant to the area where the new panel will be installed
- Install the new panel
How to Repair a Cracked Garage Door Panel
If your garage door panel is cracked, you can repair it yourself with a few simple tools and supplies.
1. Mark the location of the screw holes on the panel with a pencil.
2. Drill two screws into each marked hole.
3. Remove the screws and replace them with a new set that is slightly longer than the old screws.
4. use a mallet to pound the newly installed screws into the panel.
5. Reattach the panel to the door using the screws and washers.
How to Prevent Cracked Garage Door Panels
The typical cause of garage door panels cracking is an overload of weight or pressure. This can be caused by:
1. Someone trying to open the garage door at the same time as the car is trying to leave the garage.
2. The garage door being left open while the car is in the garage.
3. The car being parked on a slope or incline, which can put more stress on the garage door.
4. The garage door being left open while the garage is being renovated.
5. incorrect installation of the garage door hardware.
6. Weather conditions that can cause the door to sag.
7. Poorly installed door hinges.
8. Damaged or missing door seal.
To prevent cracked garage door panels from happening in the first place, take these steps:
1. Plan your exit and entry. Prioritize which activities will cause the most stress on the garage door, and schedule them for times when the door is least likely to be used.
2. Use the proper garage door opener. Get an opener that can handle the weight of the car and the weight of the door.
3. Install a garage door seal. A seal will keep the garage door from contacting the ground, which can cause it to sag.
4. Use the right garage door hardware. Make sure the hardware is installed properly and is compatible with the door.
If your garage door is cracked, there are a few things you can do to fix it. You can replace the entire panel, replace just the seal, or repair the crack.