Dents in your garage door can be aggravating and bothersome. Repairing dents on garage doors can become an item on your to-do list many times in one year. Aluminum or steel garage doors dent rather east, and with your kids playing around in close proximity, it is almost bound to happen for sure. Sometimes even just bumping against them or pushing against them can create that one annoying and inconvenient dent that will make it look less appealing. While there are many tips and tricks to bring out a dent on a garage door, it can be tedious and quite dangerous if you have not done it before.
When it comes to Dents and Dings
Here at Plano Overhead Garage Door, we do our best to repair bent and dented panels using hand tools and reinforcing struts to prevent further damage. The scope of the repair can depend on severity and replacing the panel may be your only option if there are too many big dents involved. Creases in the panel are often detrimental, as they can cause splits and folding throughout the panel. One of our highly proficient technicians can best instruct you of your less expensive options, or give you a fair-minded price on a new garage door.
For pretty small dents that appear on your garage door, hitting the door from behind it may bring out part of the dent. Then with some 12-grid sandpaper, you then need to sand it down a tad to get it prepared for using a body filler. Then after you wait about an hour or so for it to dry, you then will proceed to sand it down once more. After it is sanded down to a flush feel, then you are ready to prime the area, let that dry, and proceed to paint.
Being on the look-out
When you are in the state of deciding whether you should repair a garage door, make sure that you have the skills and know exactly what you are doing. Garage doors are heavy and can be very dangerous when you are trying to do the job yourself. Also keep in mind, be on the look-out for people that say they can do it for a few bucks and but actually don’t have the skills to fix the problem with your garage door. Anyone can give it a shot, but sometimes that just makes things worse.
Making the right choice!
You can now rest easy knowing you can stop with the confusion of pricing, to-do lists and know now you can come to us here at Plano Overhead Garage Door and avoid accidents, overpricing, and not have to worries of having an improper installation or repair done on your garage door. We know there is more to the job than just the door itself, but rather making sure the remote, track and springs are also appropriately working together as a garage door opens and closes.
By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door
Weather seal is located on the bottom of all residential garage doors, and is usually the first component on the door that goes bad over time. With much of the garage door being steel, the vinyl plastic weather seal usually shrinks at the corners, tears, hardens, and eventually just doesn’t do its’ job. The steel components might last for 10, 20, even 30 years; but the vinyl plastic seal at the bottom definitely will not. Here are a few reasons on why you should replace your weather seal on your garage door:
Dust is a major reason why you should change the weather seal on your garage door. It keeps the dust and dirt from outside your door from getting into your garage. So if you are storing important things in your garage you don’t have to worry about the wind blowing dust debris all over your stuff.
We all know what it’s like in the fall when the leaves start falling off of the trees. They are all over your yard and then if you leave your garage door up they get in there also. Well if you don’t change the weather seal on your garage door, even if it’s closed, you will still see leaves gathering in your garage over time. The weather seal provides a barrier on the bottom so that the leaves can’t seep into your garage. Once again this also keeps your valuables that you might keep in your garage from having leaves and sticks all over them.
Rodents and Snakes
The picture above was taken by one of our installers in Plano, Texas. If you look closely, you will see that the weather seal on the bottom of the garage door is missing at the end due to shrinkage over time. So not only did the customer have a snake in their garage, but the tail of the snake actually caused the garage door to come off of it’s tracks and damage the garage door. The snake had coiled around the drum at the top corner of the door because it gets warm over time with usage. Bad place to be. When the garage door opens, the cable coils around that drum. Once the snake was removed, the customer gladly elected to have new weather seal installed on her garage door!
This I know can be a gross topic, but rodents and snakes do get into your garage. We have seen mice, opossums, snakes, stray cats, geckos, If you don’t keep the weather seal good on the bottom of your garage door, those rodents can definitely get into your garage. Which in turn they may get into your house! Not only that but they also like to tear up wiring and what not that is also a safety hazard for your home. They can get into the wiring for your garage door opener motor, and the cable and drum system that operated the door and really mess things up. That’s why important you keep your weather seal good on your garage door.
When you start talking about rodents your think well most of them are big so if there’s a little gap at the bottom they can’t get in. This might be true but it won’t stop ants or other small insects such as spiders from coming right on in! If you keep your weather seal in good condition even small insects like ants can’t come in your garage. Once they get in your garage you could be in all kinds of trouble. Especially if they are able to get into your home. Then they get in your food supply and things like that.
A proper seal at the bottom of your garage door will prevent air, rain, snow, and wind from causing problems inside your garage. Wet floors in the garage can be extremely slippery, and the Texas heat can be brutal.
You can save thousands of dollars over the span of the life of your garage door by preventing the elements from getting inside. Moisture causes corrosion and rust- which is detrimental for all the metal parts on a garage door. Weather seal will also help you save money on your electric bill. It is also a relief when you don’t have to worry about everything in the garage getting nasty. Once everything gets that first layer of dust due to a lack of barrier, there’s no turning back.
If you get a crack in your window, you replace the window don’t you? If you are a do it yourself kind of person, we sell a variety of garage door weather seals for a wide range of applications and on a wide range of brands and styles of garage doors. If you haven’t serviced your garage door in the past year, we recommend setting up a service call, that way you can get your one year warranty on labor. Also, since we’re already at your home, we only charge the cost of the part to install it for you! Give us a call today, we’re here to help! 972-422-1695
By Nick McGregor, General Manager of Plano Overhead Garage Door