A Guide To Updating Your Garage Doors

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Changing your garage doors is a very smart investment. The garage is a huge style component of most houses. In fact, it is often the first thing you see because it sticks out further than the rest of the house. There are a lot of things to consider if you are planning on changing your garage doors. It is important that you decide if you're going to have professionals install your new doors or if you are going to do the work yourself. This article explains when it is most practical to do the work yourself and when you should leave it to professionals.

Changing Just the Panels?

Right off the bat it is important to realize that, if you plan on completely replacing your garage doors (including the motor, tracks, frame and panels), you should leave it to the pros. However, if you are only interested in a style change, and just want to updated your panels (leaving the frames, motor and tracks), you can probably do the work yourself and save a lot of money.

Checking the Frames

If you do want to install your own panels, it is very important that you ensure that the frames are in good enough condition. With your garage closed, check the inside of the frames. The frames are usually aluminum, so there is a risk of them getting bent. When you remove the panel from a bent or kinked frame, it could completely buckle. If it seems like your frame is in good order and you are having no problems with your motor, changing the panels will be quite simple.

Changing the Panels Yourself

Make sure you order your panels directly from the original manufacture. This way the panels will not only be the right size, they will also have the mounting brackets in the appropriate spots. Then, the job just becomes a matter of removing the screws and popping the panels out of the frame and replacing them with new panels.

It is particularly easy to change panels if they are made out of aluminum or vinyl. However, working with wooden panels can be a little more difficult, partly because they are heavier. Also, if you're upgrading your panels from a synthetic material like vinyl to a natural material like wood, you need to make sure that your motor and frames will be able to hold the weight. This is usually very easy to figure out if you get these materials from the same manufacturer. They will have a detailed list of which panels can be coupled with which motor and so on.

Whether you do the work yourself or let the professionals do it, a new garage door will add so much style to your property. Contact a company like Shank Door to learn more.

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