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Depending on the style of your garage door, it may be constructed of several rigid sections, or panels.

In general, if one of your garage door panels gets damaged, you have two options: replace only the damaged panel or replace the entire door. You may be wondering which is the best choice.

Learn why our experts don’t usually recommend installing only one garage door replacement panel.

The Problem with Replacing One Panel

When one or more of your garage door panels looks aged or damaged, it’s easy to think that the problem is limited to the panel’s outward appearance. However, most of the time this is not the case.

If the panel got damaged in some way, it could’ve damaged connecting and moving parts including the struts on the door and the garage door track. If these parts were damaged in any way, the functionality of your door would be compromised.

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The damage to your garage door often equates to more than an eyesore. There could be internal damage that you’re not aware of.

Another problem with replacing just one panel is that garage door parts are designed and measured for a door’s specific size and weight. By replacing such a main and important part of the door, you may be compromising its structural integrity. While the door may seem fixed from the outside, the parts that move the actual door may be in jeopardy.

The Risk in Replacing Individual Garage Door Panels

While replacing one garage door panel may seem easier or more cost-effective than replacing your entire garage door, you could be risking the following:

  • Functionality: By only replacing a part your door’s exterior, you may be covering up the damage to your door rather than fixing it. For this reason, we recommend having a trained technician examine your door.
  • Aesthetics: Even if there is no internal damage to your door, a new panel could affect your door’s appearance, as it may look out of place next to the other aged panels.
  • Security: When your garage door’s functionality is affected, so is your home’s security. All damage to your door should be examined by a trained professional.

We recommend having a professionally trained technician come out to your home to do our 25-point safety inspection. Save yourself the worry by consulting an expert.

Let Precision Handle Your Garage Door Panel Replacement Needs

If you’re thinking of replacing your garage door panels, let the professionals at Precision Garage Door Service® help. Our technicians will examine your door and give you repair options to help keep you and your family safe. To get started, give us a call at (877) 301-7474 or find the Precision Garage Door Service location nearest you.