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Damaged Panels: Overhead Door Repair Vs. Replacement

Your commercial garage door is an important investment. By securing your business, it ensures that your property is protected. Because it’s such a vital feature, it’s important to care for it properly and keep it maintained.

Commercial overhead doors are usually composed of sections. In the case of damage, is it necessary to replace only the damaged section, or is it important to replace the whole garage door? Repair is often preferred as it’s more cost-effective, efficient, and less intrusive than a full replacement. However, sometimes replacement is the preferred option. Here are some guidelines to help you make the best choice when it comes to overhead door replacement panels.

Damaged Panels

The garage door is usually composed of at least three hinged panels. If one panel has been damaged, you may be able to repair or replace that section. Although, this can depend on external factors.

It is important to first assess the nature of the damage. It may be minor and only cosmetic, such as dents, small scratches, rust patches, warps, or cracks. If this is the case, it should be possible to repair the door panel with paint, sanding, or some other method. On the other hand, the damage may be more significant. If this is the case, it could affect essential parts of the door and even endanger users. So, it will likely be necessary to replace affected panels or, depending on the extent of the damage, the entire door.

Life Span

The age of your overhead door is also relevant when considering replacement or repair options for damaged panels. The life span of a garage door is typically 20 to 30 years. If your door is within this range, it can probably be repaired. Doors at the end of their lifespan may need to be replaced if damaged to ensure that they work correctly and can be properly serviced.

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How is the garage door system working? Is the opening mechanism functioning correctly? Any damage to the garage door system should be assessed by a professional. If the door is not lifting and lowering properly, it may need to be evaluated. In some cases, damage to the mechanical system may be repairable. Or, it may just need to be replaced.

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When you’re unsure, your best bet is to call a professional. At Frontier Pacific, we have the knowledge you need. Contact us by phone or online about all of your commercial overhead door questions and requirements. We look forward to speaking with you!