If you’ve noticed some dents in your garage door, you might be wondering if there’s any way to fix it. The answer depends on the extent of the damage.
The good news is that most dents can be fixed. However, anything more than an extremely minor dent may require a garage door tune-up to ensure the panel remains balanced.
To fix the dent, you can use a simple metal-expanding technique. Here’s what 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 to try. Now cover the dent with aluminum foil and using the lighter or heat source, hold it up against the dent for about 60 seconds.
Next, remove the foil and 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 if it promptly.
However, if the dent is significant enough, 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.