If the panel on your garage door is bowing, you have a problem. Garage door panels are flat panels fitted between rails and stiles on every individual section of a garage door. Generally, garage door panels are positioned horizontally across the width of the opening. Each panel is attached to the next but room is left in between the sections. This is done to break up the sections slightly as they curve up the railing. This is necessary because the panels are generally not flexible and they must be kept rigid. This is how sectional garage doors are assembled.
What causes a garage door to bow?
Changes in temperature are one reason a garage door can bow. Wood in particular is affected by temperature changes because it expands and contracts as weather conditions change. This can cause the door to bow. On a garage door made of wooden panels, the door becomes wider at the top of the panel and it bows instead of opening and closing smoothly.
What can be done to fix a bowing garage door panel?
Depending on your DIY skills, you can pick up your set of tools and correct the bow yourself. If not, call on the experts to take care of it. Remove the bowed panel by unscrewing the hinges. Back out the screws using a cordless drill or driver. Remove the hinges from the door. Place the panel flat across two sawhorses.
Stand the panel on its side and then stabilize it by clamping it to one of of the sawhorses. Place the belt sander on the side of the panel. Hold it in both hands, turn it on and sanding the edge of the panel. Move the belt sander back and forth to slightly sand down the center. Do this for a few minutes and then place a long straightedge on the side of the panel.
After sanding down the center about an eighth of an inch, put the hinges back on the panel and re-attach it as it was. If the bow has been sanded out, the door will close smoothly. If the bow has been reduced but the door will not close smoothly, chisel out the recessed area a little bit with small, careful movements so you don't over do it.
What if the garage door still won't close smoothly?
If your panel overhead door still won't close smoothly, the warp may be too much. Loosen one of the hinges and slip a really thin wooden shim behind it before you screw the hinge back on.
Although this will not alter the bow on the panel, it will ideally change the way the panel fits so that it will be able to close smoothly. If this does not work, remove the shim and try placing it behind a different hinge.
Where can I find a local Amarillo garage door installer?
If you are still not getting anywhere, then it is time to call it the experts. Amarillo garage door company Willow Creek Overhead Door has a policy of responding to distress calls within hours. Contact Tony Hall and he will repair your bowed overhead door or install a new panel if necessary.