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.