Own an aluminum or steel garage door long enough, and you will eventually own garage door dents. This is especially true if you have kids. Soccer balls, baseballs, and horseplay can wreak havoc on your garage door. Dents can become quite unsightly — making your door look ragged and in need of repair.
Repairing Dents Yourself
Fortunately, dents are an easy DIY garage door repair if you know this simple trick. Not only will you fix your garage door, you might also impress the neighborhood kids. . This trick is science in action — a way to expand metal and repair your garage door. You’ll need:
- Lighter/heat source
- Aluminum Foil
- Compressed Air
Before you begin, gently clean the dent and surrounding area on the panel and allow it to dry. Now cover the dent with aluminum foil and heat the area for about 60 seconds with a lighter, heat source, or blow dryer.
Next, remove the foil.Holding your compressed air can upside down, spray the dent for 30 seconds. You may notice some liquid coming out of the compressed air – be careful not to get it on your skin, as it can burn.
Once you’re done, you should see the dent slowly moving back into place.
Why does it work? In simple terms, metal will contract and expand when it changes temperatures. The lighter will heat up the metal and the compressed air will lower it with the freezing liquid.
Replacing a Dented Garage Panel
If your dent is more than a few inches in size, there’s a good chance that you will need to have a technician inspect the track and garage door parts for other damage. The most common issue with a dented garage panel is that it becomes off balance. An unbalanced door can wear out the opener and lead to other problems.
Fortunately, this isn’t a serious issue as long as you take care of it promptly.
If the dent is significant enough, however, you may want to consider replacing the door entirely. If you’re not sure, you can call a garage door repair company and describe the damage. Most technicians would be happy to offer you their expert opinion.
Is It Time to Replace Your Garage Door?
If two or more panels are badly dented, rotted or missing, you might be better off just replacing the door with a new garage door. Like anything else, garage doors will wear out eventually. If the door is badly bent by a car, for example, you should probably just install a new garage door. It will look sleeker and more professional than trying to fix each panel individually.
The good news is that new garage doors have one of the highest returns on investment for all home improvements, nearly 97%, virtually dollar for dollar. If the door is dented enough to be an eyesore and the trick above didn’t do much, you should probably opt for a new door. It’s worth it in the long run.