Wooden garage doors are a stylish and important design element on your house. Since the garage door is often the first thing people see, you obviously want to make sure yours is well kept. However, over the years the panels can fade, lose their waterproof finish, and (worst of all) get hit and dented by a car. In some cases, only one or two of the panels will actually be damaged. If this is the case with your garage door, you should not be afraid of replacing a broken panel. This article explains the process so you can decide if it is something you want to take on.
Can You Change a Panel?
First, you need to inspect your damaged panel and make sure it is a project that you will be able to do. Look from the inside of the garage when the door is closed to see if the actual frame (usually aluminum) of the garage door is bent. If it is, you might not be able to change the panel yourself. In fact, if the frame it too bent, it might just be easier to change the entire door. However, if it seems like the frame is still in good condition, you can probably change the panel without too much trouble.
How to Remove the Panels
The panels are attached to the frame with just a few screws, but removing the screws won't necessarily free the panel. You still need to pop it out. This takes a little bit of forcing and you might even want to use a rubber mallet to help get it out of the frame. This job requires at least two people. One person needs to be on the outside while the other is popping out the panel from the inside. If the panel pops loose on one side and is still attached to the other side, it could fall down and cause the frame to bend.
Replacing the Panel
If you have a factory model garage door, you will have no problem ordering new panels and having them delivered directly to your door. They will even come with new mounting screws so there should be no issues. With a cordless power drill you can attach a new panel in no time. Of course, this will also require at least two people.
As you can see, changing panels on your garage door is simple. Whether you are changing just one or all of the panels, the job does not require any special construction skills. For more information, contact a professional in your area or visit a website like http://www.planooverhead.com.