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Can My Bent Garage Door Be Repaired or Fixed?

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

We’ve all been there—you back the car up just a little too far, forget the tailgate is up, or any one of a thousand other possible scenarios that result in your garage door getting bent.

In today’s garage pro spotlight, we’ll focus on when it is safe to diagnose and fix a bent garage door yourself, and when a replacement garage door installation is warranted.

DIY vs. Professional Garage Door Repair

Garage doors can become bent through a variety of accidents, many of them being human-caused or nature-caused. Here in North Carolina, hail and strong wind storms can wreak havoc on your garage door, causing dents, dings, and it can even cause the door to bend inward.

We’re using the term “bend” loosely here to describe either a cosmetic dent or ding, versus a more severe bending of the garage door panels or frame that would cause the door to become inoperable. These two scenarios are really your guiding factor for what you can safely accomplish on your own versus when you should rely on a professional to fix or replace your bent garage door.

Fix Bent Garage Doors That Can Still Open & Close

If your garage door has been cosmetically dented or dinged but is still fully operable, there are several methods available to fix these aesthetics-related issues. A few DIY fixes you can try to repair your garage door include:
  • Hammering the dents: The tried-and-true hammer method is arguably one of the simplest fixes out there for dings and dents. Using a 2×4 or another scrap of wood that adequately covers the back side of the dent (usually inside your garage), tap at the ding using a small hammer or a rubber mallet until you can pop it back out. You will need to be careful not to apply too much force, or it could create more dents. However, with careful aim and a gentle approach, this method is great for the small, everyday dents and dings that occur.
  • Covering up the dents: If you have an insulated garage door, or the dent is in an inaccessible portion of the garage door, you may have to cover up the dent from the outside. You can use a basic auto body filler; just follow the manufacturer’s instructions and then paint the door to match. This fix will result in a newly painted door, which should look even better than before.
  • Replacing a single panel: In some instances, you may be able to replace a single panel in your door, but there is a process involved. While there are many DIY videos out there on how to replace a garage door panel, without the proper tools and knowledge to do the job correctly, you might actually cause more harm than good. We always recommend calling on a professional to perform any tasks that you may not be capable of or comfortable with.

How to Fix a Bent Garage Door That Won’t Close

If a bend is severe enough, it can interfere with the operation of your garage door—possibly preventing it from opening or closing. Additionally, a garage door can be very dangerous once bent, the rigidity of the door is the only thing that holds the door in the opening. If your garage door is stuck in the open position causing a security risk for your vehicle and belongings, this type of scenario should be dealt with immediately.

If possible, use your garage door’s emergency release pull cord and try to gently close the door, just so you can secure the space. Never force the door or you may damage the components even further. It’s an inconvenience when your garage door can no longer open and close, especially if your vehicle is inside and you are unable to safely get it out. This situation is generally considered an emergency service and it usually requires a professional to help get your garage door opening and closing safely, again.

Schedule a Garage Door Repair Service Call

At Presto Garage & Gutter, our garage door repair professionals are available for emergency situations 24 hours a day, 7 days a week—contact our team for immediate assistance. We will diagnose the bend to see what is required to get your door working again. In the event that a replacement garage door is required, we’ll cover all your options for getting your garage safe and secure as quickly as possible.

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