Garage Door Finishing 101

How to Replace Garage Panels

Garage doors need to be replaced over time. Just like any other design feature in the outside of your home, old garage doors can date your home. They can also wear down and get dinged over the years. Basically, there a quite a few good reasons to invest in new garage doors. However, if you have a limited budget, you can often replace just the panels of your garage. This makes the project far more affordable. In fact, it can even be a rewarding DIY project.

This article explains how garage door replacement works, and should help you decide if it is a project you can handle.

Will Panel Replacement Work for You?

The first thing you need to know about garage placement is that you can have the actual panels delivered directly to your doorstep. So, you don't need to worry about the logistics of getting them to your home. You also need to make sure that you have the type of garage door that has replaceable panels. Most panels are actually very easy to replace because they sit within a frame. Each panel is held within its individual metal thing with boats. So, you can remove the panel from the frame by just removing these bolts.

You also need to make sure that your frames are not bent or broken before you try to remove the panels. If your frames are not in good condition, they will probably collapse once the old panels are removed.

It is also important understand the physical requirements of the work. The actual panels are usually surprisingly lightweight. However, they are long and flimsy, so they need to be handled by at least two people. You don't want them to bend or break before you even install them.

Installing the Panels

The process of panel installation is definitely a two-man job. First of all, we need to remove the old panels. This can be done quite easily, because you don't need to worry about damaging the old panels since you were just going to throw them away. Basically, you remove the bolts and pop the panel out of the frame. You obviously need to be more delicate when it comes to installing the new panels. The trick is to have one person on each end of the panel as you pop it into the frame. Then, one of the workers will have to go inside the garage and secure the bolts to the panel.

Most homeowners are surprised how easy this work is. The fact that you can replace your garage panels with just a wrench is pretty amazing. To learn more about garage door repair, contact local contractors.