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Lethbridge, Calgary & Cranbrook

Here’s why you need to replace the bottom panel on your garage door 

replace the bottom panel on your garage door 

Did you know the bottom panel of a garage door is usually the first to be replaced and typically more often than the rest? This is because it’s the only panel that touches the ground, making it more susceptible to damage from daily use, exposure to the elements, and potential harm from animals. If the bottom of your garage door is dented, cracked, or warped, here’s why it’s important not to hold off on a garage door repair in  Calgary for too long. 

It compromises the safety of your entire garage door

A damaged bottom panel is quite obvious, and it’s an invitation for intruders. It’s much easier to break through an already warped or dented panel, leaving your garage and entire home at risk of a break-in. This highlights the importance of garage door maintenance so that a professional technician can thoroughly inspect your garage door for any cracks and damage that can worsen over time.

A damaged bottom panel can lead to a door jam or other extensive repair

One of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make is delaying repairs that the damage leads to a more costly garage door replacement. Depending on the type of damage, the bottom panel can get jammed when opening the door and cause more issues. Even if you plan on not using the garage for some time, you never know if another member of your household will attempt to open the garage door or worse, if you need it during an emergency where you need to exit through the garage. 

Your belongings inside are exposed to the elements

If the bottom panel is warped or deeply dented that it opens up slightly at the bottom, your items inside the garage are exposed to snow, ice, wind, hail, and rainstorms. Additionally, if your garage is attached to your home, the cold coming in can prompt your heater to fire up and increase your energy bill – especially during the winter months. 

When do you need to replace your garage door?

In some cases, it may be necessary to replace the entire garage door rather than just one panel. Consider the following that calls for a complete garage door replacement:

  • More than one panel is damaged – If the damage is caused by an accident and extends to other panels, it’s best to replace the entire door altogether. A professional garage door technician can also determine whether the damage goes beyond the door and into the frame, sensors, and other components.
  • The garage door is old – Some older garage doors no longer have replacement parts available and, in this case, the only option is to replace the entire garage door. 
  • You simply want a different look – This is common for homeowners looking to do some upgrades, especially if the garage is front-facing. A garage door replacement can increase your home’s value and curb appeal, provide a cleaner and more modern look, and make quite a difference in the overall aesthetic of your home’s exterior. 

Final thoughts

Whether you’re replacing a damaged garage door or want a different look, there are many designs and options available. With the right company, it can be an enjoyable experience to transform the function and look of your garage. 


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