Redoing your garage doors, whether it is for style reasons, or if you simply damaged your door by hitting it with your car, is easier than you might think. Often, homeowners can dramatically update their garage door without changing the actual frame or motor. Every garage door system is a little different, but almost all modern systems have removable panels. That is, the panels can be removed, but the frame, coils, springs, and motors can all be kept the same. On top of this, homeowners can usually replace the panels on their own quite easily. The project is surprisingly very simple and affordable. This article explains the process for the replacement of garage door panels:
Are Your Frames in Good Condition?
First of all, you should only try to replace your garage panels if the frame system is in good shape. If you struck your garage door with your car, and damage the frames, the job will probably be impossible to do without changing the frames too. Frame replacement is definitely a project that should be handled only by professionals. If it looks like your frames are in good condition, don't be afraid to handle this project yourself. You can order replacement panels directly from the original manufacture of your garage door. As long as the panels match the frame and are calibrated to work with your motor, you can change them out.
Ordering and Installing New Panels
Most manufacturers will make it very easy to determine what panels will work with your motor model. Your panels will also be delivered directly to your home. The difficulty of replacing the panels really just depends on the size of your garage door. Two car garage door is going to be that much longer panels and be a little more awkward to install. However, it is still just a two-person job.
One person can remove the bolts that secure the panels from the inside of the garage. Once these bolts are removed, the person on the outside can pull the panel off of the frame. Only replace one panel at a time. Once the panels are off the frame, but the new one in place, and start to secure the box. This part of the job is awkward on two car garage doors because the long panel can be flimsy. You might need the help of a third person, just to lift the panel into the frame. Once a couple of the bolts are secured, the rest of the job can be finished very quickly.
Contact residential home contractors for more information and assistance.