Can I Replace just a Panel or Section of my Garage Door?
Yes. If the model of your garage door is still in production you can purchase a single panel/section to replace a damaged portion of your door. All garage door brands are built differently, they do not all fit together. You will need the same brand and same model as your current door.
The first step whenever your garage door is damaged, if possible, is to safely close it and keep it closed. Do not continue to operate the door, it may cause more damage. If the door does not close you may need to call a garage door technician to come out and get it closed for you. A service fee will apply.
Once your door is safely closed search the inside for any brand or model information. Write down the information you find, or simply take a photo. A lot of time these stickers have fallen off or have been worn off.
You will also want to take a photo of the inside and outside of the garage door. Make sure the whole door is in the photo. Often experienced garage door technicians can tell you the brand and model information just by seeing the pictures.
Next, get a tape measure and measure the full width of your door and the height of the section needed. Write it down. Garage doors are measured by width first (eg. W 16’ x H 21”)
Once you have whatever brand/model information that you could find along with a photo and measurements contact the local garage door company of your choice. Give them all of your gathered information. They should be able to give you pricing over the phone or email in order to get your replacement on order ASAP. Some basic garage door designs may be available immediately, others will need to be ordered.
If you are unable to gather all of this info yourself, simply let your garage door dealer know that you will need someone to come out to get the information and provide pricing. Schedule an appointment and the garage door technician can determine the door you need after inspection. Gathering the information yourself will simply expedite getting your garage door fixed ASAP.
Replacing one or two sections will typically be more cost effective than replacing your full garage door. However, if three or more sections need to be replaced you may want to also ask how much it would cost to replace the whole door with new hardware. Often installing a new garage door with brand new hardware will cost about the same as replacing three sections of an existing garage door. This all depends on the brand and model you have.
When contacting DistribuDoors, a leading garage door company in Seattle, to order a new section we will ask if you have the following…
- Brand/Model information (found on the back or side of garage door)
- Photos of inside and outside of garage door (can be emailed or texted to the office)
- Measurements (width first, then height)
Major brands that DistribuDoors carries include: Clopay, Northwest Door, Amarr, Wayne Dalton
Will replacing my garage door increase my home’s value?
Every year Remodeling Magazine releases a report showing the Cost vs. Value of a homeowner’s remodeling projects. The goal of this report is to show which home improvement projects gain you more value compared to the other home upgrade options for your specific region. If you are looking to increase the resale value of your home this report will help determine where your money is more wisely spent.
They have separated their data to show how midrange projects may differ from upscale projects. The type of home you have and the type of upgrade you are planning can affect the percentage of the cost that is recouped in the value of your home.
For the Seattle area, garage door replacement has consistently ranked as one of the top three midrange remodeling projects. On the upscale project list, garage door replacement does even better. This year’s report shows it with an average of 141.8% of the cost added as value to your home. This is great news if you are in the market for a new garage door. They estimate if you spend an average of $3175 on a new garage door system, you will be adding an estimated $4503 to the value of your home.
Anytime you can recoup the cost of a home project it is good news, but knowing your project is going to be giving even more in return makes garage door replacement a wise investment.
Garage Door Weather Seal
It’s that time of the year. The weather is changing and the insects, rodents, and other critters are seeking warmer temperatures. Often inside our homes.
A garage door can make your home easily accessible to small creatures if not well maintained. Checking your weather stripping regularly and repairing it as needed can reduce this issue.
Your garage door should have vinyl or rubber seal (astragal) connected to the bottom of the door (in a metal retainer). If your concrete slab is uneven often a larger piece of rubber will be needed in order to complete the seal.
It is best if your door has vinyl seal along each side and across the top of the opening as well. When installed correctly this will be touching your door when it is in the closed position. This will also keep air from sneaking in or out of the garage. If you have an insulated garage door, this will be necessary in order to get the most out of your energy efficient investment.
Typically, over time this seal will wear out as it is rubbing against the door on every open and close. It will need to be replaced every few years or so (all doors vary). Keep an eye on your garage door and make sure if your weather seal is falling apart or tearing that you have it replaced. If you have questions regarding the type of seal you have or need to use on replacement, please call us at (206) 443-1640.
What is the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval?
You may have seen the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval before, but do you know what it is or what it means?
It actually began back in 1909.
DistribuDoors is the ONLY Master Authorized Dealer of the Clopay brand in all of King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties.
Clopay Garage Doors is the ONLY garage door brand backed by the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.
“This is Good Housekeeping’s LIMITED WARRANTY: If any product that bears our limited warranty Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will refund the purchase price or $2,000, whichever is less or, at Good Housekeeping’s sole discretion, repair or replace the product.”
This means they believe in a product or company so much that they will put their own money up to say they are the best and guarantee the quality!!