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Types of Garage Door Damage

While you may not give much thought to your garage door, it does serve an important role in your home. You need a garage door to keep your car secure, as well as any other belongings that you store in the garage. The door is all that separates the contents of your garage from the outside world. So, it’s crucial for it to be in top condition at all times. Otherwise, your belongings could be at risk for a burglary.

When damage strikes your garage door, it’s important to address it quickly - that’s where your Lakewood garage door repair experts come in! To help you learn more about garage door damage and how to deal with it, let’s cover the most common types of garage door damage.

The Most Common Types of Garage Door DamagePanel Damage

The panels of your garage door face outward. This means that they’re exposed to the full scope of weather conditions here in Lakewood. So, these panels can become damaged for all sorts of reasons. Damage to your garage door panels may include:

  • Dents from hailstorms

  • Damage from the impact of debris in high winds

  • Damage from sports balls hitting the panels (i.e. dents from golfballs)

If the panels of your garage door have been dented or otherwise damaged, you’ll likely need to have them replaced. It may be possible to only replace the panel or panels that are damaged, leaving the undamaged panels alone. Or, if the damage is extensive, you may need an entirely new garage door cover. As your Lakewood garage door specialists, we’ll help you decide on the right course of action for your garage door.

Track Damage

The tracks are essential in the functioning of your garage door. If an issue arises with the tracks, your garage door could shake, get jammed, or just stop functioning altogether. These garage door track problems can happen for a few different reasons, including:

  • Denting

The tracks of your garage door can be dented from all types of debris, sports balls, and hailstones. Dents can keep your garage door from operating properly because the wheel could be inhibited from sliding along the track. In this scenario, the door would halt at the dent and start moving in the opposite direction.

Minor dents can often be repaired. But, if the dent is severe, you may need to have your entire garage door track replaced.

  • Warping

Fast shifts in temperature and/or humidity can lead to warping in the tracks of your garage door. In both high heat and extreme cold, your tracks may bend, curl, expand, or contract. All of the changes to the shape of the track can lead to jams. If warping is a consistent issue, you’ll likely need to have your garage door tracks replaced.

  • Debris

Dust and debris can build up on the tracks if you don’t use your garage door frequently. Especially here in Denver, where we can experience high winds, debris and dust can be swept onto your tracks in a gust of wind. A layer of dust can get sticky, causing your garage door to shake when you try to operate it. Your garage door may also move more slowly when your tracks are covered in dust.

Roller Damage

The garage door rollers are wheels upon the tracks that allow the door to move. If the rollers are damaged, whether they’re simply worn out or have become bent in an accident, your garage door won’t be able to open and close smoothly. This issue will require attention from your Lakewood garage door repair team.

Opener Problems

If you have an automatic garage door, the opener may be a common source of damage. If the opener starts working inconsistently, or won’t work at all, first try replacing the batteries in your remote. If this doesn’t work, the opener may need replacement.

If your garage door opener is making unusual sounds or is operating at a much higher volume than usual, it could be damaged. Electric garage door opener motors, in particular, are quite noisy at the end of their lifespan. Unusual noise is a good indicator that it’s time to replace your opener.

Contact us today to learn more about repairs for garage door damage.