What happens if you’ve backed into your garage door? After you scream at yourself and punch the steering wheel a couple of times, what do you do? Stay calm and realize you’re not the first to do so or the last. This can happen when the garage door is run into before it has a chance to open completely or when luggage or a bike crashes into the door when someone tries to squeeze in. No matter what the reason, there are steps you need to take when caring for the damaged door.
How to Fix a Broken Garage Door
1. Figure out the extent of the damage. The bottom of the door is likely to have suffered the most damage. The door will most likely go all the way down with the damage if you use an electric garage door opener. This system is under a lot of tension and if any parts are out of alignment or have become unattached, it can be very dangerous the operate the door. Once the car and anyone else are out of the way, push the remote button to see what happens. If you hear loud noises or see sections not fitting together you need to unplug the opener right away.
2. Call a professional garage door repair company. If the garage door is completely off the hinges, there’s isn’t much you can do, so it’s best to call a professional like AAA Action Doors.
3. In the event that your car was damaged along with the door you will need to call your insurance company. The vehicle insurance won’t cover the damaged garage door but you’ll need to contact your homeowners insurance. Make sure you look at the deductibles on both plans because you may be able to fix the damage for less than the deductibles will cost.
4. Cost of repairing VS replacing your garage door. When it comes to repairing a damaged garage door the bulk of the cost will come from labor. This will all depend on how bad the damage is and how old the garage door is. If you have an older garage door you might not have the option of replacing damaged panels because they may not be available anymore. The door will need to be completely replaced and you’ll be looking at about two hours of labor. If you’re able to replace one or two broken sections, the repair cost will be less, but will involve a higher labor cost. This is because the door needs to be taken apart, other than the tracks, and re-installed just like a new installation.
Garage Door Repairs & More in Las Vegas, Summerlin, North Las Vegas & Henderson Nevada
Your garage door is a 16-foot moving wall that can hurt you. The best thing you can do is contact the professionals at AAA Action Doors. Call us anytime to fix a damaged or broken garage door. We are experienced and will come to your home to assess the damage and give you advice on what your options are. Each case is different and needs to be treated that way. You can trust us to help you make an informed decision that will fit your budget.