Is your garage door all scratched up? A well designed and well maintained garage door adds fiscal and esthetic appeal to a home, and one that is all scratched up has the opposite effect.
It's very easy to scratch your garage door. Just gently backing or running into can cause damage. The good news is that you can do a neat job of covering scratches yourself.
Can I fix dents in my garage door?
Steel doors don't hide dents and scratches very well. The good news is that it is possible to do a nice job of covering up both. Start by scrubbing off the dented spot with a cloth dipped in mild detergent, then rinse and let the area dry completely. Sand the dent lightly using 80-grit sandpaper so that the patching compound bonds. Wipe clean and then fill the dent by pressing patching compound into it using a small putty knife. Smooth it out and feather out the edges like you would do if your spreading drywall.
When the filler dries, sand the area flat with a 120-grit sandpaper wrapped around a flat block. Finish with a 150-grit sandpaper to completely smooth out the the edges of the filler.
You can then go on and paint the garage door with paint that is similar to the one on the door. It is important to use the same type and shade of paint that was originally used on the door. This information should be on your manual or you can get the information from your garage door supplier or installer.
How can I cover up scratches on a wooden garage door?
Wooden garage doors need to be treated differently from steel doors. If the door has minor dents, you can repair them yourself before painting the door. Fill the dents using a caulking compound that can be painted over. Do not use silicone caulk as it cannot be painted over.
If your wooden garage door is made of plywood and hardwood panel doors, all four sides of the door need to be caulked. If your door is made of redwood, cedar or hemlock panels with wood grain that runs horizontally, caulking will be needed on the left, right and bottom. If the wood grain runs vertically, caulking should be done at the top and bottom of the panels.
After caulking, use a stiff brush to remove to remove dirt from the spot. You then need to use a primer before applying the finish paint. Some wooden doors are primed and others are not. Those with priming have a light-green finish. If the door is primed already, you can skip the primer. If it is not, apply primer using a high quality latex or oil-based exterior primer following the instructions on it.
When the primer is dry if you used it, finish the job with an exterior paint that is also latex or oil based. It is important that the finish coat base is the same as the primer coat base. Both the primer and the paint should be oil based or latex based. A second coat will give you a perfect finish.
Do I need a professional to repair my garage door?
There are many garage door repairs you can do your self. However, there are many that require a professional. If you have a question about a repair to your garage door, call on the experts at Willow Creek Overhead Door. This garage door company in Amarillo has years of experience, is professional, timely and offers outstanding customer service. Contact owner Tony Hall today for a free estimate.
An attractive garage door adds curb appeal to your home. If you are looking at yours and agreeing with yourself that it needs a coat or two of paint, the question may be whether you can do a good job yourself.
The same goes for your business. If your garage or overhead door has chips, is peeling or simply needs a fresh look, it's probably time for a makeover.
How do I paint my garage door?
You can paint a garage door yourself. The first step is gathering all the materials that you will need. You will need the paint, a brush, bucket and bucket grid, vinyl gloves, a ladder, extension pole, paint tray, paint can opener, a stick for stirring the paint, tape, rags and a roller cover and frame.
Start by pouring well-mixed paint into a bucket. Dip a good quality, wide nylon painting brush that is two to two and a half inches wide and start working at the top panel of the door. Start at the recessed corner and then paint around the perimeter. Keep going until you finish with the first panel and then work on the next ones and their recesses. Wipe off any paint that overlaps onto the stiles.
Next, work around the perimeter of the garage door in sections of two to three inches wide at a time. Work your way from the top corner and work along the walls, keeping the brush wet. Then, pour paint into a paint tray and roll the roller well in it. A roller of 3/8 to 3/4 inches works well. Paint around the perimeter of each panel with the roller.
Go to the frame of the door next. Using a brush, start working the inside frame from the top. Start at the corner and cover the whole door wiping away excess paint that gets onto the trim. Work outward from the edge.
Finish by working on the trim. Again , start at the uppermost corners and paint the side edge of the trim at the point it meets the wall. Work on all the edges, ensuring that the brush always has enough paint. Go back to the top of the door trim and paint the face of it. Keep working until you have painted all the door trim.
When is a good time to paint a garage door?
In terms of willpower, paint as soon as you can muster it. In terms of weather, it is when there is no direct sunlight with temperatures of 50º-90º F and moderate humidity.
If your door already has problems, such as mildew, cracks or dents, or is an old garage door with lead-based paint, consider bringing in the experts. Call Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door for expert advice and assistance.
A garage door is a key component of your home or business. Keeping it in good working order is very important in regards to safety and security. Lately you’ve noticed your garage or overhead door is not operating as efficiently as it should. Whether it’s shaking, screeching or just plain slow, you know there’s a problem. If you are a DIY kind of person, or looking to cut costs, consider repairing your garage door with used parts.
Should I repair my garage door myself or hire a professional?
That is entirely up to you. Depending on the type of repair though, it may be best to call a professional if it is something you are unable to troubleshoot. Don’t put you, your family, pets or customers at risk by repairing a door yourself if it is unfamiliar territory.
However, if you are handy and research-savvy, you have probably found dozens of websites offering DIY garage door repair tips. Oftentimes it’s enjoyable to take on do-it-yourself projects and fix something all on your own. There’s a certain amount of pride in that.
How can I fix my garage door myself?
Garage doors are sensitive objects. Therefore, you must make the effort to maintain them. There are so many moving parts that all of a garage door’s components must work together. If one part is broken, you can bet other parts of a garage door will not operate as they should.
The first thing you should do before repairing anything is to troubleshoot the issue. Look online or even call a professional garage door installer for advice. Do the springs need adjusting or is the opener frozen? Are the tracks loose? Do the nuts and bolts just need to be tightened?
Once you identify the source of the problem, research what kind of parts you need. There are several types of springs, for example. Don’t just run to eBay and purchase the first part you find. Trying to install the wrong part can damage your garage door even more.
In addition, it’s also important to use the proper tools when doing garage door repairs yourself.
And last but not least, be safe. Garage doors can be dangerous and can injure you if you are not careful. Many of the parts are heavy or sharp.
Who can offer advice on garage door repair?
Even if you want to repair your garage door yourself, don’t hesitate to contact a local, trustworthy garage door expert for advice first. That garage door specialist may also sell used garage door parts and give you detailed instructions on how to install the parts.
Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas stocks and supplies a variety of garage doors and parts. Check out their Angus’ Backlot Bargains, which includes:
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Have you accidently run into your garage door? Or is one of your teenagers not owning up to it? Sometimes accidents happen. Backing into your garage door and leaving a dent is one of them.
Also, some of the games that children play outside can strike the door and leave a dent. If you have a dent in your garage door, you have two options: repair it or replace it. We’ll tell you which option applies to your situation.
What can be done about a dented garage door?
If the damage is not too bad and the dent is minor, you can do the necessary repair yourself. Also consider the material the garage door is made of. Steel and aluminum are popular choices for homeowners because they are durable and non-demanding when it comes to maintenance. However, they may dent easily.
Do you know how to fix a dented metallic door?
Mix mild liquid detergent with water in a bucket and clean the dented area well. You then need to allow it to dry completely. Cover the spot with heavy duty foil extending it a bit to the surrounding area. Take a lighter like the one used to light candles or a grill and move it over the dented area in a consistent motion for at least a minute. Be sure to heat the entire area.
Remove the foil and spray the area with an air can while holding it upside down so that carbon dioxide is released. This is the agent that will remove the dent. The temperature change from the heated foil to the cold air from the air can will remove the dent completely in a few minutes. A large dent may require that this process is carried out more than once.
Is there another way to do it?
You can also fix a dent with a patching compound or auto body filler. Clean the dented area and leave it to dry completely. Sand down the spot with 80-grit sandpaper. This will help the patching compound to bond. Wipe clean. Apply patching compound using a putty knife, smoothing and feathering it to the surrounding area. When the filler dries, sand the area again with 120-grit sandpaper. Finish by sanding with a 150-grit sandpaper to smooth out the edges of the patch. Paint over the covered dent with matching paint.
When should I call in the experts?
It is advisable to do so if the damage is on more than one panel of the garage door. This is because a dent that runs from one panel to another is very likely to interfere with the opening and closing of the garage door. It may necessary to replace the door.
Willow Creek Overhead Door in Amarillo, Texas can advise you accordingly. Call owner Tony Hall today for a free repair estimate. Leaving a damaged garage door unattended to can be dangerous for your family. You want it fixed and safe for everyone as soon as possible. Tony Hall can come to your home the same day you call, so don’t put off fixing the garage door. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today.
Homes built before 1978, with a painted garage door that dates from that era, can have lead paint somewhere in the built-up layers. Before removing or renovating a garage door, it is smart to have the door tested for lead paint. If found, you need to think before doing any more work on it.
If you have a door with lead paint, do you need to replace it?
The answer is no. You can have the garage door stripped of the lead paint by a lead removal certified contractor and then repainted with modern paints that contain no lead. This can cost quite a bit though because the lead removal process requires special equipment and trained professionals.
What if I want to replace my garage door?
Many homeowners who find lead paint on an existing garage door opt to go with a complete replacement. It allows them to be rid of the problem and gives them the bonus of having a modern, efficient garage door. If you choose to replace the garage door, you need a contractor that has the training and certification on handling lead paint.
Why does the contractor need training and certification?
This requirement went into place on April 2, 2010 by order of the EPA. Known as the Lead Paint Rule, this requirement is designed to protect the homeowner, neighbors, and the contractor's workers from loose lead paint particulates.
The rule applies to garage door installation and removal when the square footage exceeds the definition of minor repair or maintenance. For an exterior space, that threshold is 20 square feet. The EPA recommends contractors have at least one trained and certified renovator on staff to handle these garage door removals.
What is so bad about lead paint?
Lead is a heavy metal that can build up in the human body. When it reaches certain levels, it can begin interfering with the body's natural processes. It is toxic to various tissues in the body including the heart, kidneys, nervous system, and reproductive organs among others.
In children, this disruption can cause permanent damage to learning and behavioral capabilities.
Small children are known to eat random non-food items. In homes with lead paint, the non-food ingestion can include lead paint chips or other items coated in lead paint dust. With each ingestion, lead levels can start to build in the body. With enough exposure, it can start causing damage.
Where can I get a new garage door?
If you suspect your garage door has lead paint and want to talk about your replacement options, call Willow Creek Overhead Door (806.731.2999) in Amarillo, Texas. Owner Tony Hall can tell you all you need to know about your options. Offering a range of garage door styles at many price points, you are bound to find a garage door that works for you at Willow Creek Overhead Door.
After an extreme situation such as a hail storm, checks for structural damage should be made, and this includes on your residential garage door or commercial overhead door. For one, the door is exposed to the elements and can be left weakened after a hailstorm. Even though the door may still be standing, it may be quite close to collapsing, which can cause serious damage.
The material that a garage door is made of is a large part of this. The type of roof shingles that a contractor used and the last time a roof was shingled are important factors. There are types of shingles that are quite robust and can withstand pressure. Those that are made of concrete and asphalt are quite hardy.
Another reason that it may be necessary to get another door for your garage after a hailstorm is to get rid of dents. They can eventually cause the door to collapse as it is opened and shut. It would cost significantly less to repair dents than to replace a collapsed door.
How do you know if repairs are needed?
A number of checks will tell you whether you need to call in the repair men. Check the hardware such as nuts and bolts that are loose. If your door rolls up, check the hinges that holds the parts of the door together.
Another sign that you may need repairs or a new door is if it is leaning toward one side. Screw holes that are enlarged are also an indicator that you need to get the professionals in. So is wood that is cracked near a hinge which also indicates there is damage. It will need to be removed and cracks and wood holes filled.
Time for a makeover?
If your assessment proves you need to repair or replace your garage or overhead door, contact your local garage door company. One change that can be made with a new door is putting in one that is better able to stand up to weather elements even in their extreme, especially here in the Texas Panhandle where the weather is extremely volatile. The Amarillo garage door company can give you an honest estimate for the hail damage, which will give you a better idea of your options.
Who can I call about Amarillo garage doors?
You should have your garage door serviced and maintained from time to time. After a hailstorm though, it is advisable to err on the side of caution and call in the experts. Willow Creek Overhead Door is the Amarillo garage door company to call on for repairs, installation or maintenance of your garage and overhead door. Willow Creek Overhead Door has worked in the Texas Panhandle for more than 10 years, so their professional staff is quite familiar and experienced with hail and hail damaged garage doors. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for a free estimate.
If you are reading this article, you have likely experienced first-hand, and cursed, the winds of West Texas. The areas of Amarillo, Texas and the Texas Panhandle have one thing in common, and it is the powerful gusts that often hit these areas.
In June 2013, thunderstorms produced hail that was the size of golf balls, and winds that moved at speeds of 81MPH. When the storms died out, the winds still prevailed, causing Interstate 40 to shut down for two hours east of Amarillo due to the blowing dust. Amarillo also suffered at least 7,000 power outages and the derailment of a train near Panhandle. So what does all this have to do with garage doors, you ask? Well, your garage door is one of your home’s best defenses against Amarillo winds, flying dirt, dust and debris.
What precautions can be taken against strong Texas Panhandle winds?
Residents and contractors are very aware of the potential damage that the high winds of West Texas can cause. Residential and commercial buildings are therefore constructed with fortification against these strong winds. The same constructional fortification needs to be done for garage and overhead doors. A door that is not wind-rated and tested can force it open. This can cause a buildup of internal pressure that can get out of control, causing a serious blowout of the roof and supporting walls of a home or business.
The government has done its part to reinforce security by adopting the International Building Code (IBC). When this law was adopted, the issue of wind-load went past Florida to other hurricane hotspots including California, Utah, Nevada, Missouri, Kansas and Texas.
How are garage doors fortified?
A professional Amarillo garage door company will know how to install garage doors that can withstand extremes like high winds and hail. This is done in a number of ways. One is by adopting the WindCode. This is the registered name for garage door products that are have been tested and found to comply to the wind resistance requirements that are included in local, state and national building codes. The program includes the engineering, sales and marketing programs that are created to help buyers to understand code issues and choose the best garage door for specific regions.
Another way that a garage door can be reinforced against high winds is with stiffeners. Those that are made of steel will have a steel stiffener installed. They are installed at the top edge of the garage door which prevents the door from jamming.
Insulation is another way the professionals can reinforce garage doors against high winds. Insulation also creates a buffer layer that that the winds will run into rather than hitting the door directly and possibly bringing it down.
Who knows how to install heavy-duty garage doors to withstand Amarillo winds?
Willow Creek Overhead Door is the Amarillo garage door company to call to protect your home and property against the high winds, and subsequent flying dirt and dust of the Texas Panhandle. It’s a windy city out here in Amarillo, and you may not realize how important it is to have a heavy-duty garage door to protect your home and business. With more than 10 years repairing and installing garage and overhead doors in Amarillo, Willow Creek Overhead Door is very familiar with the area’s damaging winds. Contact these friendly professionals today for a free estimate.
Have you ever come home and found water sitting inside your garage after a hard rain? You know the door was down when you got home and no one had been home all day. Yet somehow, the water got in any way. You check and make sure the windows were shut and locked. The water heater is not leaking. No vehicle in the garage sprung a leak. The next thing to look at, for that water's mysterious appearance, is your garage door. If your garage door is not sealing properly at the bottom, it may be letting water in.
How can water get in your garage if the door was down?
More than likely, you have water coming in around your garage door. When you get a lot of rain or rain combined with heavy winds, water is going to hit your garage door more than normal. That is when you will start seeing the mystery water showing up. If you are lucky, you will find a path of water from where it entered to where it pooled. That will tell you what you need to look at when troubleshooting. Even if you only find the pool of water without the path, you still need to take a look at the garage door.
What could be causing the garage door to leak?
Take a look at your overhead door. One of the most typical problems is that the garage door is not sealing at the bottom. Everywhere you see a crack or a hole is a potential point of entry for water. Here are a few of the common reasons for leaks to start:
What should you do to stop the water leaking into your garage?
The best solution to stop the water leaking into your garage is to call a professional garage door repair company. You may have an idea of what is wrong, but a professional will be able to fix it and make sure the leak does not happen again. Willow Creek Overhead Door installs, repairs, and replaces overhead and garage doors for commercial and residential clients. As a leading Amarillo garage door company who sells products from reputable manufacturers, yet offers local service, Willow Creek Overhead Door is your best bet at repairing your leaking garage door. Contact Willow Creek Overhead Door today for a free estimate.
What comes to mind when you hear the words, "storm damage?" Most of us automatically think about assessing the damage to our property. The list usually includes: homes, cars, downed trees, and damaged power lines. What you don't find on the list until later is your garage door. Generally, it's not something people think of right away. That's why we're writing this article. When your garage or overhead door has been hit by hail, the damage may be greater than you initially realize. Living in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle, the chance of volatile weather and hail is imminent.
When do you repair and when do you replace a garage door?
Most contractors and insurance companies would have you believe, always repair, never replace. While that rule of thumb may work in your insurance company’s favor, it does not always apply. To make the wisest decision for your budget as well as your safety, you need to consider how your residential or commercial garage door functions.
A garage door is designed to be lightweight and easily manipulated into a fully closed or fully open position. For this reason the doors are usually divided into four sections. You can repair minor damage. However, if hail or some other form of damage affects more than two sections or panels on the door, the door needs to be fully replaced. Considering that normal hail ranges in size from golf ball to baseball, a replacement is often times more cost-effective than repair. If the hail is pea or dime sized, it’s still wise to determine the damage.
Repairs can also cause weak spots or flaws in the door that lead to later damage. On the off chance that you choose to take the repair route, get a guarantee of work from your contractor and a long-term policy from your insurance company. This will not stop future damage from occurring, but it will give you recourse.
How is the replacement process handled?
Unless you choose to cover the cost out-of-pocket, your insurance company will review and approve or deny your claim. The more evidence you have, the greater the chances of a claim approval. Take photos as soon as possible after the storm. Have a witness corroborate the level of damage done, and forward a formal affidavit to your insurer.
Once a claim is processed and approved, the next step is to think about what kind of garage door works best to meet your needs and cover the expanse of space necessary. Installers recommend thinking about:
How do you avoid this type of damage in the future?
Garage doors are only supported on two sides. According to the garage and overhead door experts at Willow Creek Overhead Door, an Amarillo garage door company, your best strategy is to get a reinforcement kit after your new garage doors are installed. These kits brace and anchor the doors at their center these points ensure that they are properly supported. Taking precautionary measures like these will minimize the possibility of future damage and add longevity to your doors. Whether your garage or overhead commercial door needs repaired or replaced due to a hailstorm, Willow Creek Overhead Door can help. This family-owned and operated company offers free estimates on repairs and installations so don’t hesitate to call them today.