We receive many calls for hail damage on a garage door during hail storms in North Texas. When hail hits the garage door it mostly leaves little or large dents in the garage door. The dents normally do not effect the function of the garage door as long as it’s on the panel itself. If the dents hit between where the sections come together, it’s possible the garage door will not roll up or down properly.
The benefits of having a metal garage door is they are low maintenance and easy to care for. Despite their positives, they have one negative aspect; they dent easily and hail is no exception.
Can You Fix Hail Damage on a Garage Door?
That depends on how large or small the dents are. Most homeowners believe that a garage door company can take the dents out of a garage door like you can a car.
For most garage door companies it is not a task they want to take on. Garage doors do not have a smooth surface like cars do. The wood graining on the front of a garage door is not able to be smoothed out and filled with epoxy or Bondo to cover the damage.
If the dent is small enough, sometimes just pushing from the opposite side the dent may pop out and you never knew it was there. On cars and trucks sometimes the dents can be popped out or a collision center is able to remove the dents and make your car look pretty again.
From our experience most insurance companies will either have a couple sections replaced or replace the full garage door. The challenge a garage door company has when just replacing the sections – Is the manufacturer still in business. If the manufacturer is in business do they still make the same model number of the garage door so the panels will match up?
Each manufacturer has a little different design on the front of the garage door as well as inside the garage door.
Do the Dents on a Garage Door Stop it From Going Up or Down?
Depending on where the hail falls on the garage door, most of the time it is just cosmetic. Rarely does it affect the function of the garage door going up or closing. If it does the garage door must be very old or have many splits in the sections. It just looks bad kinda a like a car when it has many hail spots.
Sometimes there may only be a few spots but the insurance will require to replace all the sections.
When insurance requires replacing the garage door it is the perfect opportunity to upgrade your garage door. Maybe a design change, color change, adding windows or learning about having an insulated garage door installed. Now is the best time to make that change.
A1 Affordable Garage Door Repair has a showroom in Plano, Texas available to see many different designs of garage doors. Stop by today and learn more about our services. We also have a gate operator room with LiftMaster products.